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Church History in Plain Language: Fourth Edition | [Bruce L. Shelley]

Church History in Plain Language: Fourth Edition

With more than 315,000 print copies sold, this is the story of the church for today’s listeners. Dr. Bruce Shelley makes church history come alive in this classic audiobook that has become not only the first choice of many laypeople and church leaders but the standard text in many college classrooms.
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With more than 315,000 print copies sold, this is the story of the church for today's listeners. Dr. Bruce Shelley makes church history come alive in this classic audiobook that has become not only the first choice of many laypeople and church leaders but the standard text in many college classrooms.

What separates Dr. Shelley's work from others is its clarity of language and organization. It treats history as the story of people, and the result is that history reads like a story, almost as dramatic and moving as a novel. Yet there is no fiction here. Dr. Shelley was a respected scholar whose work was painstakingly researched and carefully crafted for historical accuracy.

The fourth edition of Shelley's classic one-volume history of the church brings the story of Christianity into the 21st century. This latest edition, now an audiobook and revised by R.L. Hatchett, contains information concerning Gnosticism and its ongoing relevance, the theology of the early church and Reformation, and most extensively, the rapid global extension and transformation of Christianity since 1900.

Unless otherwise specified, all Scripture quotations are from the Revised Standard Version of the Bible. © 1946, 1952, 1971, 1973 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA. Used by permission. Scripture quotations marked NRSV are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible. © 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. All rights reserved. Scripture quotations marked NIV are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. www.zondervan.com. The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™

©2008, 2013 Bruce L. Shelley (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Theo Tsourdalakis 06-26-14
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    "EXCELLENT RESOURCE - GOOD, SIMPLE, CLEAR OVERVIEW"

    This audio book goes for over 20 hours. I went through the whole thing and found it very informative and worthwhile.
    It is very educational and the presentation is excellent in that it does not get bogged down in detail and terminology.
    Some of the history is highly disturbing - but the book does a good job of giving an detached observers overview.

    I have no reservation in recommending this book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Andrey L. Limonchenko Atlanta, GA 07-16-14
    Andrey L. Limonchenko Atlanta, GA 07-16-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Wow, that was extensive!"

    It is a must read. The only problem I had with this book is that in order to make it more "readable" the author would jump timelines between chapters. I would prefer it be more timeline based, so I could correlate the events better.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Becket 04-04-14
    Becket 04-04-14
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    "Flippant, bias, disappointing."
    What would have made Church History in Plain Language better?

    The fundamental reason I cannot support this book is that the author often demonstrates a flippant and biased attitude toward certain characters and events in history. For instance, on the section dealing with the Nestorian Controversy, the historian makes Nestorius out to be a sympathetic character regrettably slighted by a bullying church. There are many other instances like this, where the historian does not take into account the psychological attitudes of each culture; but instead appears to be writing from a modernist, single-culturaist, and anti-Catholic-Church point of view, giving little consideration to the psychosocial conditions of disparate cultures, practices and norms. This is the seed of his bias remarks. This history might be in plain language, but for me, the historian is too close-minded and thoughtless.


    What could Bruce L. Shelley have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I would rather read / listen to a history wherein the historian works harder at being objective. I would also rather enjoy a history wherein the historian takes into account the psychosocial and psychological attitudes of each culture. I would prefer a history wherein the historian demonstrates open-mindedness through objective comments.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    This is perhaps the most irksome part of the listening experience. The narrator continually mispronounces names and events. But he does have mostly enjoyable diction.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration and disappointment.


    10 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Megan Buford, GA, United States 02-28-14
    Megan Buford, GA, United States 02-28-14
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    "Danger Will Robinson!!"
    Would you listen to Church History in Plain Language again? Why?

    Yes I would because I love the content so I can overlook the horrible narration.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Did you guys pay a robot to narrate this book?


    4 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Gene 10-08-14
    Gene 10-08-14 Member Since 2006
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    "do not waste your time"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    the story is hard to follow as presented. maybe interesting for a novice but not if one has any understanding of church history. More bible story than intellectual


    Would you ever listen to anything by Bruce L. Shelley again?

    no


    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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