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A People's History of Christianity: One Volume, Student Edition
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A People's History of Christianity: One Volume, Student Edition


Fortress Press 2014

Runs on Windows, Mac and mobile.


On its release, the two volume A People’s History of Christianity was lauded for its commitment to raising awareness of the ways in which ordinary Christians have lived throughout more than twenty centuries of Christian history. Now, the essential material from that important project is available for classroom use.

This one volume edition contains carefully selected sections from Janz’s original content that helps students directly engage the most significant events and questions about Christian history from a social perspective. Covering the entire scope of church history. It provides a valuable overview on such topics as birth and death, marriage and family life, baptism rites, food, power, heresy, and more. Students are both informed and inspired by seeing the importance of ordinary Christians in shaping Christianity across time.

In the Logos edition, this volume is enhanced by amazing functionality. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Want another take on church history? Check out Bruce Shelley’s Church History in Plain Language.

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Key Features

  • Provides a carefully curated presentation of Christianity’s history
  • Engages students in history without bogging them down in burdensome details
  • Presents Christian history from a social perspective


  • “Jesus Movements and the Renewal of Israel” by Richard A. Horsley
  • “Food, Ritual, and Power” by Andrew McGowan
  • “The Practice of Christianity in Byzantium” by Derek Krueger
  • “Medieval Revivalism” by Gary Dickson
  • “Reforming from Below” by Peter Matheson
  • “The Dream of a Just Society” by James M. Stayer
  • “Expansion and Change” by Amanda Porterfield
  • “New Ways of Confronting Death” by Carlos Eire
  • “Multiplicity and Ambiguity” by Mary Farrell Bednarowski
  • “Gender and Twentieth-Century Christianity” by Margaret Bendroth
  • “Pentecostal Transformation in Latin America” by Luis N. Rivera-Pagán

Praise for the Print Edition

Reveals what times and events were like for Christians—and sometimes their rivals and enemies. These stories may come up from the basement of church history, but news about their existence deserves to be shouted from the housetops!

Martin E. Marty, Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of the History of Modern Christianity, University of Chicago

Product Details

  • Title: A People’s History of Christianity: One Volume Student Edition
  • Editor: Denis R. Janz
  • Edition: Student
  • Series: A People’s History of Christianity
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Pages: 350
  • Resource Type: Survey
  • Topic: Church History

About Denis R. Janz

Denis R. Janz is Provost Distinguished professor of the History of Christianity at Loyola University, New Orleans. He is the general editor of A People’s History of Christianity series and editor of A Reformation Reader: Primary Texts with Introductions.