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REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS The following texts are appropriate materials, in conjunction with class lectures, through which the student can actualize the course goals: Bettenson, Henry. Documents of the Christian Church. (Oxford paperback). This is a record of crucial letters and texts of official church proclamations that shaped the direction of church leadership in the history of the church. Gonzalez, Justo. The Story of Christianity. Vol. I. (Abingdon paper ed.) A concise but insightful analysis of the history of early Christianity, through the Middle Ages, that weaves a narrative that is often compelling for the reader. Irvin, Dale, and Sunquist, Scott, eds., History of the World Christian Movement (Earliest Christianity to 1453), (New York: Orbis Books, 2001) A engagement of Western with non-Western Christian traditions, written from the diverse perspectives of leading contemporary representatives of global Christianity. Kerr, Hugh T., ed. Readings in Christian Thought. (Abingdon paper ed.). A concise collection of selected texts illustrating style and message of major writiers in the history of Christian thought (through the modern era). Rand McNally Historical Atlas of the World (paper edition). An important resource for acquiring geographical understanding of global Christianity, in its development.

Publication Date

January 2002


Asbury Theological Seminary


History, O'Malley, Kentucky, Church, June, CH501, 2002



CH 501 Church History I