Zondervan Essential Companion to Christian History

Zondervan Essential Companion to Christian History

Stephen Backhouse
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  • September 24, 2019

  • Theology > Church History

About the Authors

Stephen Backhouse

Stephen Backhouse

D.Phil., Oxford

Stephen Backhouse is the Lecturer in Social and Political Theology at Mellitus College, London. He studied at the University of Oxford and McGill University. He has published a number of critically well-received books and articles on religion, history, and Kierkegaard, from the popular Kierkegaard: A Single Life published by Zondervan, to the academic Kierkegaard’s Critique of Christian Nationalism for Oxford University Press.


The Zondervan Essential Companion to Christian History gives you what it promises: the essentials.

Following a brief introduction that outlines the key events of the New Testament era, there is a chapter devoted to each century of Christian history beginning with the year 100 and ending roughly at the year 2000. Each chapter flows chronologically featuring:

  • A brief overview, highlighting the main threads and issues running through the relevant century
  • Key historical developments explained
  • Thematic connections between centuries
  • Sidebars on Persons, Ideas, or Events
    • Persons: key figures either within or without the Church who have impacted Christian history significantly or who otherwise deserve special mention
    • Ideas: important Christian books, as well as heresies, doctrines, or political movements
    • Events: world-historical occurrences such as battles, natural disasters, inventions, or elections that have affected the development of Christianity in the world

The final chapter, devoted to the present century concludes the companion identifying key themes that the Christian Church is presently dealing with and suggesting future issues. A select Glossary of terms is provided at the end of the book, as well as a bibliographic list of suggested reading.

This highly informative, broad-ranging book provides vital facts on the growth and impact of Christianity from the apostles to the present day not only in the Western world but also globally, including the development of Eastern Orthodox and Armenian Christianity, as well as considering Christianity in Latin America, Southeast Asia, the Baltic and Slavic states, and India. The companion is organized by century, going through the major events, ideas, and personalities that have shaped Christian history around the world.

Whether you are a student or a lay person, a church-goer or unacquainted with Christianity, this book will help you grasp the global, multifaceted story of Christians.

Course Outline

  • 1. Servants and Leaders: 1–100

  • 2. Love and Courage: 100–200

  • 3. Martyrs and Heretics: 200–300

  • 4. Establishment and Resistance: 300–400

  • 5. East and West: 400–500

  • 6. Centres and Margins: 500–600

  • 7. Soldiers and Missionaries: 600–700

  • 8. Monks and Emperors: 700–800

  • 9. Conversion and Culture: 800–900

  • 10. Green Shoots, Dead Branches: 900–1000

  • 11. Popes, Kings, and Peasants: 1000–1100

  • 12. War and Peace: 1100–1200

  • 13. Empire and Wilderness: 1200–1300

  • 14. Humility and Power: 1300–1400

  • 15. Church and State: 1400–1500

  • 16. Expansion and Consolidation: 1500–1600

  • 17. Reform and Revival: 1600–1700

  • 18. Reason and Revolution: 1700–1800

  • 19. Progress and Preservation: 1800–1900

  • 20. Sacrifice and Invention: 1900–2000

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