Thursday, August 8, 2013

Book Review: A Summary of Christian History by Robert Baker

As the title indicates, this book summarizes Christian history from the time of Christ to the present day. It is meant to give readers a basic understanding of the history of Christianity in a relatively short amount of time, and from this foundation they can explore the fullness of Christian history in other books if they so desire.

While the plain style this book is written in took a little while to get used to, I soon found it pleasant to read as it carefully laid out the facts in an easy to understand manner. At less than four hundred pages long, I expected to finish this book quickly, but the amount of detail crammed into each chapter caused me to have to read slowly to take in as much information as possible.

I had not read a full account of church history in a long time, so many of the details were hazy in my mind, including how the major denominations came to be. Reading this book helped me better understand the light of the spread of the Gospel and righteousness, as well as the darkness of persecution and erroneous theology throughout the past two thousand years.

The book ends its summary of Christian history in the 1950s, and some big things have happened to Christianity since then, but its record up until that point is fascinating to read. I recommend it to anyone who wants to learn about Christian history, either to give them the basics they need to know, or to help them begin a deeper exploration of Christian history.

There is an updated version out now which I assume goes to the present day.