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Church History (3 vols.)

, 1889–1894

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John Henry Kurtz’s Church History provides a comprehensive examination of the Christian church, from its beginnings to the late-nineteenth century. Kurtz’s history of the church offers a historical analysis of both the German church specifically and the Christian church as a whole. This collection comprises all three volumes of Kurt’s Church History, each covering a different historical period, from the life of Christ and the church’s emergence from Judaic and pagan nations, to the state of modern Catholicism and Protestantism in the nineteenth century. These texts also dig into the importance of church history as they investigate historical theologies and obstacles of the Christian church, as well as the roots of apologetics, science, philosophy, and other significant trends. Church History is translated by John Macpherson, who thoughtfully examined Kurtz’s original—and often only available in German—source texts and replaced them with similar or corresponding English texts that are more familiar and accessible to an English audience.

With the Logos edition of Church History, these powerful reference tools automatically integrate with your Logos library, allowing you to cross-reference them and study the church’s history with enhanced features found nowhere else. All Scripture references appear in your preferred translations on mouseover, and if you have other church history texts or works Kurtz refers to in your library, like the Early Church Fathers or contemporaries like E. B. Pusey, these resources will automatically link and allow you to conveniently jump between texts, or refer to them side-by-side to take your studies even further. Access these texts with your mobile device to study them wherever you go.

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  • Chronological history of the church
  • Broad spectrum of historical events, people, and ideas
  • Emphasis on the Eastern Church

Top Highlights

“There are elements of truth in the lies, which gave this power to the religion of nature” (Volume 1, Page 24)

“James the brother of John, at an early period, in a.d. 44, suffered a martyr’s death at Jerusalem” (Volume 1, Page 45)

“his third missionary journey, a.d. 55–58, accompanied by Luke, Titus, and Timothy.” (Volume 1, Page 43)

“he time of his death been Bishop of Rome for twenty-five years is wholly fabulous” (Volume 1, Page 45)

“esoteric religion of the priests, and the exoteric religion of the people” (Volume 1, Page 23)

The merits of Dr. Kurtz as a writer of church history are admitted by all who are familiar with his previous works . . . Probably no one instructor, out of the very able corps attached to [the Protestant University of Dorpat], possesses so fully the confidence of the public, or enjoys so high a reputation for profound scholarship and distinguished abilities, as Prof. Kurtz.

The American Presbyterian Review

The facts are clearly presented and well arranged.

Notes on the Literature of Church History

  • Title: Church History
  • Author: John Henry Kurtz
  • Translator: John Macpherson
  • Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
  • Volumes: 3
  • Pages: 1,572

Johann Heinrich Kurtz (December 13, 1809 – April 26, 1890) was a German Lutheran theologian. Kurtz was born in Monschau near Aachen and educated at Halle and Bonn. Abandoning the idea of a commercial career, he gave himself to the study of theology and became religious instructor at the gymnasium of Mitau in 1835, and ordinary professor of theology at Dorpat. He resigned his chair in 1870 and went to live at Marburg.


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  1. Jose Santiago

    Jose Santiago


    This resource has chapters that speak of Heathenism, Judaism and Samaritanism as a description of the pre-Christian World. It also has Chronological Tables for each century beginning with the First Century until the Nineteenth Century, giving a very detailed and organized account of important events within Christian history. This is an impressive resource.
  2. Maryellen J Lewis
  3. Kirke Holmes

    Kirke Holmes


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  5. Steve



    Still awaiting a definitive church history collection that goes through the 20th century and covers the persecutions of Joseph Stalin and Mao Tse Tung!
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  7. Larry Proffitt
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