Ground your understanding of the church today with an understanding of the church in history. Get the context your sermon or research needs with the Church History Collection. Cover the gaps in your library with 22 volumes carefully curated to fortify your church history section.
Covering a range of traditions—from Reformed to Pentecostal—these volumes help you put your research or teaching into historical, geographical, and theological perspective. Know the lives of the most influential Puritans, Eastern Orthodox Christians, Church Fathers, and others, and how they influenced Christian thought in their part of the world. Be prepared to answer questions about who brought certain beliefs to prominence, how specific theologies developed, when particular movements sprang up, and much more. With this collection on the church’s life across the centuries, you’ll give your library the historical edge.
The Logos edition volumes included in the Church History Collection equips you for better study with cutting-edge functionality and features. Logos Bible Software gives you the tools you need to use your digital library effectively and efficiently, searching for verses, finding Scripture references and citations instantly, and performing word studies. Additionally, important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, commentaries, theology texts, and other resources in your library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. With most Logos resourcse, you can 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.
Doctrinal truths cannot be studied apart from their historical background. The History of Christian Doctrines covers the development of doctrine. In it, Berkhof attempts to recover an appreciation for the development of the doctrines in their present form. His investigation is detailed, covering all the ground in his Systematic Theology in a more concise format. This book is essential reading for historical theologians.
Louis Berkhof was born in 1873 in the Netherlands, and immigrated with his family to West Michigan in 1882. In 1893, he began attending the Theological School of the Christian Reformed Church (now Calvin Theological Seminary), where he studied under Hendericus Beuker and was influenced by the writings of Abraham Kuyper and Herman Bavinck. Berkhof graduated from Calvin Theological Seminary in 1900 and became the pastor of First Christian Reformed Church in Allendale, Michigan. He attended Princeton Theological Seminary from 1902 to 1904, where he studied under B.B. Warfield and Geerhardus Vos. H. Henry Meeter, a friend of Berkhof, remarked that “Berkhof frequently said that he owed more to Vos than anyone else for his insights into Reformed theology” (Reformed Theology in America, 156).
Berkfhof returned to Michigan in 1904 and became pastor of Oakdale Park Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids. In 1906, he was appointed professor of exegetical theology at Calvin Theological Seminary, and in 1926, became professor of dogmatic theology. He also delivered the Stone Lectures at Princeton in 1921. On September 9, 1931, Berkhof became president of Calvin Theological Seminary, where he served until his retirement in 1944. During his lifetime, he wrote prolifically, including numerous volumes on theology, social issues, politics, education, and missions. In addition to his books, he also published countless articles in Reformed periodicals, such as The Banner, De Wachter, and the Calvin Forum. He also served as the first president of the Reformed Ecumenical Synod in 1946. Louis Berkhof died in 1957.
The Puritans dedicated their lives to consistent study of the Bible, treasured devotional feelings and close communion with God. As a people, they wanted to eliminate impurities in the church in the area of secularity and corruption and promoted religion and the impact and it’s power it has on people. Benjamin Brook wrote The Lives of the Puritans with the mindset that it be a historical narrative of facts.
In his book, Benjamin Brook gives a history of the Puritans as well as discussions about their reservations regarding rites, ceremonies, Lent, and their views regarding baptism. The majority of his book gives a history of those who played a major role in Puritan history such as Richard Sibbes and Henry Scudder. The 3-volume Lives of the Puritans includes a biography of over 450 Puritan theologians who lived during 1495–1693 and gives background into their lives, accomplishments and contributions.
The Lives of the Puritans makes accessing information on the Puritans easier than ever before! In your digital library, you can read their history together with other prominent Puritan theologians that you own, and Scripture passages, theological terms, and a wealth of other information is only a click away!
Benjamin Brook (1776–1848) was born in 1776 at Nether Thong, England and was a nonconformist divine and historian. He began attending Rotherham College in 1797 as a ministry student and became first pastor of the congregational church at Tutbury, Staffordshire in 1801. He continued his ministry there until 1830, when he turned his focus to writing. He was also a member of the Springhill College educational board. Brook died in 1848.
Bishop Christopher Wordsworth wrote his Church History as a narrative of “the city of God” against “the city of this world.” This tension drives his account forward from Jesus’ ministry to the Council of Chalcedon. Wordsworth’s Church History is not rigidly chronological, but rather follows the lives of major figures in church history and discusses the ideas and events that surrounded them. The nephew of the William Wordsworth, the great Romantic poet, Wordsworth himself was an accomplished writer and poet, and his Church History is an eminently readable classic that presents an account of church history and evangelical analysis that is engaging and full of character.
Christopher Wordsworth was an English intellectual and Bishop of Lincoln. Wordsworth was born in London, nephew of Romantic poet William Wordsworth and the youngest son of Christopher Wordsworth, master of Trinity College. He attended Winchester and Trinity College, Cambridge. He became a fellow at Trinity in 1830. In 1836, he became public orator at Cambridge and the headmaster of Harrow School. In 1844, he was made a canon of Westminster, and later was archdeacon of Westminster. In 1869, he was appointed Bishop of Lincoln. He is best known for his Greek New Testament and Old Testament and commentary. He wrote several histories, memoirs, devotional poems, and hymns.
There’s more to Eastern Christianity than ethnic food bazaars, enclaves of immigrants, and clergy with beards. The mystical theology, spiritual disciplines, and rich liturgical worship of the Orthodox Church provide sustenance for anyone seeking resources for growth in the Christian life. Ancient teachings and practices persist in Eastern Christianity that hold together much of what Catholics and Protestants have separated. Believers of all stripes increasingly resonate with Orthodoxy’s healthy synthesis of prayer, doctrine, liturgy, asceticism, and call to holiness in all areas of life. This ancient faith speaks with refreshing clarity to contemporary Christians who want to learn from a living tradition that is too little known in Western culture. This volume presents profound insights that will enrich, challenge, and inspire readers of all backgrounds. It invites everyone to encounter a spiritual tradition that is ancient, contemporary, and fascinatingly different.
Gracefully and without apology, LeMasters combines autobiography with evangelism in his review of ancient Orthodox teachings and their contemporary belonging. To say that this is popular and not serious theology does injustice to a narrative that is both scholarly and accessible. Buy it, read it, and give it to someone curious about Orthodoxy as an alternative in American Christianity.
—Harmon L. Smith, emeritus professor of moral theology, Duke University
LeMasters knows both his subject and his readers intimately; yet there is not a hint of condescension. Written from heart to heart, there is a wonderful combination of telling anecdote and insightful commentary. The outcome is a book worthy of both prayerful pondering and critical appreciation.
—William J. Abraham, professor of Wesley studies, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University
This fine primer on the moral and spiritual life is no venture in ecumenical neutrality. Simply, clearly, personally, but never polemically, LeMasters lays out the basic doctrines and practices of the Orthodox East. Thus does he demonstrate why, especially here in the West, it should not become a forgotten [form] but a vital form of Christian faith.
—Ralph C. Wood, professor of theology and literature, Baylor University
Philip LeMasters is dean of the school of social sciences and religion at McMurry University and the corporate secretary of the board of trustees of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. A priest of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, he is the author of Toward a Eucharistic Vision of Church, Family, Marriage, and Sex and The Goodness of God’s Creation: How to Live as an Orthodox Christian.
Called “a pioneer contribution” by Church History when it was first published in 1971 as The Holiness-Pentecostal Movement in the United States, this volume has now been revised and enlarged by Vinson Synan to account for the incredible changes that have occurred in the church world during the last quarter of the twentieth century.
Synan brings together the stories of the many movements usually listed as “holiness,” “pentecostal,” or “charismatic,” and shows that there is an identifiable “second blessing” tradition in Christianity that began with the Catholic and Anglican mystics, that was crystallized in the teaching of John Wesley, and that was further perpetuated through the holiness and Keswick movements of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to the appearance of modern Pentecostalism. Synan then chronicles the story of the spread of Pentecostalism around the world after the heady days of the Azusa Street awakening, with special attention given to the beginnings of the movement in those nations where Pentecostalism has become a major religious force. He also examines the rise of various mainline-church charismatic movements that have their roots in Pentecostalism.
Because of the explosive growth of the Pentecostal movement in the last half of the century, Pentecostals and Charismatics now constitute the second largest family of Christians in the world after the Roman Catholic Church. “This could well be the major story of Christianity in the twentieth century,” writes Synan. “Pentecostalism has grown beyond a mere passing ‘movement’ . . . and can now be seen as a major Christian ‘tradition’ alongside the Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and Reformation Protestant traditions.”
The Holiness-Pentecostal Tradition will continue to be an important handbook for shaping our understanding of this phenomenon.
An indispensable and highly readable account of the origins and growth of what is clearly the most significant movement in the twentieth-century church. . . . With the growing ‘charismaticization’ of the contemporary church, this book should be of interest to Christians in all academic disciplines.
—Christian Scholars Review
A fine historical work that will interest those engaged in the history of the American church. . . . This is a book that makes for fascinating reading and is well worth the investment of time and money.
This revision of a book originally published in 1971 incorporates five new chapters and further strengthens Synan’s detailed and highly readable history of the various ‘second-blessing’ movements that form a major branch of Christianity. . . . Synan provides an authoritative, highly documented and nuanced survey of a tradition that continues to thrive worldwide.
Vinson Synan is distinguished professor of Christian history at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
The Dictionary of Historical Theology is a major reference work designed for anyone interested in the history and development of Christian theology. Featuring 314 articles on the key figures, theological movements, and significant texts that have shaped Christian thought, Dictionary of Historical Theology traces the doctrinal development of Christianity from the early church to the present. Varying in length from 500 to 15,000 words, these entries treat the intellectual antecedents and descendants of the figures or schools of thought covered as well as their influence on the wider development of the Christian tradition.
The 173 contributors to this dictionary are, without exception, proven experts on the subjects they address. Drawn from international and interdenominational circles, they tell the story of Christianity from a wide variety of perspectives, successfully capturing the great diversity of traditions that make up the Christian community today.
Comprehensive in scope yet concisely written, Dictionary of Historical Theology is one of the most accessible and reliable single-volume compendiums of Christian thought available.
Recommended not only for academic and seminary libraries but for community libraries whose members have an interest in Christian theology.
There are well crafted articles by excellent scholars, and topics which take me beyond familiar terrain. It would be a worthwhile addition to one’s reference collection.
This helpful volume—both competent and broad in scope—will be welcomed by all who teach historical theology.
Professor Trevor Hart, currently at the University of St. Andrews, teaches and publishes in Christian doctrine and systematic theology. He is the author of a number of books, including Faith Thinking, The Waiting Father: Thomas Erskine of Linlathen, Justice the True and Only Mercy: Essays on the Life and Theology of Peter Taylor Forsyth, Hope Against Hope: Christian Eschatology in Contemporary Context, Regarding Karl Barth: Toward a Reading of His Theology.
Eusebius, the bishop of Caesarea, gave the church one of its greatest gifts by chronicling the rise of Christianity until the fourth century in The Ecclesiastical History. One of the earliest and most important histories of the church, this classic work is a must read. Eusebius began writing in 311 and finished in 323, just two years before the Council of Nicaea. Comprehensive in its detail and scope and faithful to history, this work forms a solid foundation for the study of church history, historical theology, patristics, and the early church, all of which are integral to a grounded understanding of the New Testament church and the trajectory of its development. The Loeb edition of The Ecclesiastical History includes the original Greek text with English translation by Kirsopp Lake and J. E. L. Oulton as well as notes and an extensive introduction to the text.
Eusebius arranges his history by the reign of the Roman emperors as he presents the church’s intellectual, spiritual, and institutional development. For his sources, he calls upon Josephus, Philo, Clement of Alexandra, Ignatius, Justin Martyr, and others, serving as an archivist of manuscript contents otherwise lost to time. Theological topics and historical accounts include a defense of Christ as the eternal Logos, Mosiac legislation, the Jewish rebellion, Christian martyrs, the rise of Gnosticism, the lives of various bishops, and an examination of the works of early Christian writers and apologists.
Eusebius (263–339) was born in Caesarea Maritime, Palestine. A historian, Christian theologian, apologist, and bishop, he was an essential voice in the First Council of Nicaea in 325. Eusebius, considered the “Father of Church History,” created one of the earliest and most comprehensive chronicles of Christianity. Eusebius also proposed the four-category delimitation (recognized, disputed, spurious, and heretical) for considering a document’s relationship to the Christian canon. Some scholars believe Eusebius may have contributed to the wording of the Nicene Creed, which was based on a creed used in the church he headed as bishop. In addition to The Ecclesiastical History, Eusebius wrote Onomasticon, which detailed place names in Scripture, and the ambitious Chronicon, which attempts a chronicle of world history from Abraham to Constantine, the Christian Roman emperor who was the subject of Eusebius’s glowing Life of Constantine.
Dictionary of Christian Antiquities gives a complete account of the leading persons, institutions, art, social life, writings, and controversies of the Christian Church from the time of the Apostles to the age of Charlemagne. Ending with Charlemagne’s reign, which forms the important link between the ancient and the modern, the first eight centuries of the Christian era are covered up until the Middle Ages.
Subjects covered in Dictionary of Christian Antiquities include the organization of the church, with its officers, legislation, disciplines and revenues; the social life of Christians, including their worship and ceremonies with the accompanying music, vestments, instruments, vessels and insignia; their sacred places, architecture, and other forms of art; their symbolism; their sacred days and seasons; the graves or catacombs where they were laid to rest; and much, much more. Each volume contains hundreds of images and illustrations.
It is one of vast erudition, and is almost indispensable to ministers and Sabbath school teachers.
—The Evangelical Repository and United Presbyterian Worker
All matters connected with the form and arrangement of churches, their worship, and their ornamentation are treated with great care and knowledge, and, where necessary, with abundance of illustrations. It is obvious, that on a great number of subjects, necessarily presenting themselves in a work like this, the difficulties of avoiding the temptations to be partial and one-sided must often be great. It seems to us fair to say that a very credible success has been achieved in surmounting them.
These dictionaries are the product of the ripest scholarship in Britain, and are perhaps the most splendid specimens in existence of encyclopedias devoted to special branches of knowledge.
—The International Cyclopedia: A Compendium of Human Knowledge
William Smith was a well known lexicographer and writer. Smith oversaw many important dictionary projects, including A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, Dictionary of the Bible, and, with Henry Wace, the Dictionary of Christian Biography.
Samuel Cheetham was Archdeacon of Southwark and Professor of Pastoral Theology in King’s College, London. He also served as Chaplain of Dulwich College, and was a former fellow of Christ’s College, Cambridge.
The Making of the Modern Church is a comprehensive introduction to a fascinating and crucial period in church history, starting at the beginning of the nineteenth century and concluding in the modern day. It is ideal for students and those in theological training, though it also has much of value to offer more general readers.
Though dealing with a large time scale, The Making of the Modern Church is thorough. Chapters cover all the major events and trends of the period and a bibliography for each chapter is included to aid those who wish to investigate specific subjects in more detail.
Already an established classic of church history, this third edition contains fresh and updated material. New areas covered including the changing status of women in the church, English Roman Catholicism, and post-modernity.
This is a very concise and very comprehensive summary and analysis of an important period of English church history… Here are laid out the main contours of a culture which took religion very seriously indeed, and presented with just the clear order and sensible evaluations that students will find beneficial.
—Edward Norman, Journal of Ecclesiastical History
The narrative is clear and the comments are fair-minded.
—David L Edwards, Church Times
Mr. Worrall writes with clarity. He has the gift of being able to simplify complex issues, and to pick out the important things in an involved debate.
… the most useful survey of recent English church history available.
… recommended as a sound introduction.
B.G. Worrall is associate tutor, Spurgeon’s College, London.
Uncover the ways Christians have interpreted the Bible from the early church to the end of the twentieth century. Henning Graf Reventlow’s four-volume history traces the development of biblical hermeneutics by examining approaches taken by major figures across 2,000 years. Compare the interpretive methods of apostolic fathers such as Barnabas and Clement to those taken by Martin Luther, Karl Barth, and Rudolf Bultmann. See how major turning points in history—such as the invention of the printing press–changed how people approached the Bible. Consult this comprehensive, scholarly resource when studying a specific era or historical figure, or read straight through the entire series. By understanding how scholars, clergy, politicians, and lay people have interpreted Scripture, you’ll appreciate how the Bible has impacted history.
Henning Graf Reventlow is professor emeritus of Old Testament exegesis and theology at University of the Ruhr in Bochum, Germany. He is the author or editor of numerous volumes, including Problems of Biblical Theology in the Twentieth Century Collection (2 vols.), Justice and Righteousness: Biblical Themes and their Influence, and Eschatology in the Bible and in Jewish and Christian Tradition.