General Most books are readily classifiable by time or place or topic but here are some that range beyond such boundaries, in addition to Christianity in European History. Libraries should have The Church in a Secularized Society by Roger Aubert et al. (Paulist), which treats Catholicism in the last couple of centuries and completes a series of five massive volumes called The Christian Centuries. The First Six Hundred Years (1964) and The Middle Ages (1969) were reissued last year, but volumes three and four are being revised before publication in English. By contrast, Howard Clark Kee uses only 100 pages to survey Christianity (Argus).
Faith’s Heroes by Sherwood Wirt (Cornerstone) is a delightful look at 10 great Christians from Polycarp to Amy Carmichael by the retired editor of Decision. A similar approach, but sticking to Catholics for six post-Reformation choices, is Saints Alive! by Anne Fremantle (Doubleday). A different approach to great leaders is provided by Herbert Mayer in Pastoral Care: Its Roots and Renewal (John Knox). He looks at a dozen men, such as Ambrose, Luther, and Asbury, to see how they shepherded in their time and what we can learn from them for today.
A Concise History of the Christian World Mission by J. Herbert Kane (Baker) is full of names and dates. By contrast, In Search of Christianity by Ninian Smart (Harper & Row) is a skilled observer’s impressions of a vast diversity of places and ways of being Christian, past and present. Geoffrey Bromiley surveys the development of doctrine in Historical Theology (Eerdmans) but with no attempt to be comprehensive for the complex period since the Reformation. The Parables of Jesus by Warren Kissinger (Scarecrow) is a history of the interpretation of the ...1
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