Reading Church History

Notes from Reading about the History of Christianity.

Turning Points by Mark Noll

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Chapter Summaries from
Turning Ponts: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity by Mark Noll.

Introduction: The Idea of Turning Points and Reasons for Studying the History of Christianity

01/ The Church Pushed Out On Its Own: The Fall of Jerusalem (70)

02/ Realities of Empire: The Council of Nicaea (325)

03/ Doctrine, Politics, and Life in the Word: The Council of Chalcedon (451)

04/ The Monastic Rescue of the Church: Benedict’s Rule (530)

05/ The Culmination of Christendom: The Coronation of Charlemagne (800)

06/ Division between East and West: The Great Schism (1054)

07/ The Beginnings of Protestantism: The Diet of Worms (1521)

08/ A New Europe: The English Act of Supremacy (1534)

09/ Catholic Reform and Worldwide Outreach: The Founding of the Jesuits (1540)

10/ The New Piety: The Conversion of the Wesleys (1738)

11/ Discontents of the Modern West: The French Revolution (1789)

12/ A Faith for All the World: The Edinburgh Missionary Conference (1910)

13/ Further Turning Points of the Twentieth Century


Written by halakti

June 8, 2009 at 11:40 AM

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  1. I liked Noll’s book.

    It seemed like a good big picture introduction to the subject of Church history. It was short on detail, but that’s expected in a book like this. Noll usually introduced each turning point by giving some details about it specifically. But then he used that circumstance as an introduction to the larger issues and trends it typified. In this way, he was able to briefly sketch the turnings and twistings of a complex subject.

    If you’ve read this book too, please post your thoughts about it! It would really help me think more carefully about it. Thanks.

    (On a side note: I’ll be able to better evaluate this book, and subsequent ones, once I’ve read a few more of them. Since this is the first one, it kind of gets short shift.)


    June 8, 2009 at 12:12 PM

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