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Urban Legends of Church History: 40 Common Misconceptions


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Urban Legends of Church History surveys forty of the most commonly misunderstood events of church history from the period of the early church through the modern age. While these “urban legends” sometimes arise out of falsehood or fabrication, they are often the product of an exaggerated recounting of actual historical events. With a pastoral tone and helpful explanations, authors John Adair and Michael Svigel tackle legendary misconceptions, such as the early church worshiping on Saturday and the unbroken chain of apostolic succession. Urban Legends of Church History will correct misunderstandings of key events in church history and guide readers in applying principles that have characterized the Christian church since the first century.


  • Title: Urban Legends of Church History: 40 Common Misconceptions
  • Authors: Michael Svigel, John Adair
  • Publisher: B&H Academic
  • Print Publication Date: 2020
  • Logos Release Date: 2020
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Ebook
  • ISBN: 9781433649844
  • Resource ID: LLS:9781433649844
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  • Metadata Last Updated: 2021-03-03T20:38:53Z


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  1. Gary Shogren

    Gary Shogren


    Just posted on the parallel books on urban legends of the Old and of the New Testaments, so won't repeat that all here. The category "urban legend" is misused here. An urban legend is a story that is passed from person to person about some supposed event, one which occurred to a person whom the teller does not know, often a FOAF (friend of a friend). It is a story characterized by its rootlessness, and by its longevity - no-one can say when or where it happened. Urban legends usually have an ironic twist, often either frightening or humorous. The instances in this book are not urban legends at all, but "common misconceptions" (this correct noun is used in the subtitle)." And even then, many of these "misconceptions" are based on legitimate differences of opinion; that is, the list is not obviously a list of errors.


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