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Documents of the Christian Church. Front Cover. Henry Bettenson, Chris Maunder. OUP Oxford, Sep 29, – Religion – pages. LibraryThing Review. User Review – carterchristian1 – LibraryThing. Although confined to the Western church and with a strong emphasis on the Anglican church. Book Source: Digital Library of India Item : Henry ioned.

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The Story of Christianity, Vol. The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation. Readings in Christian Thought: An Introduction to the New Testament: Roman but Not Catholic: What Remains at Stake Years after the Reformation. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Showing of 76 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

Please try again later. Very affordable second-hand copy. Documents of the Christian Church furnishes the reader with key documents from the history of the church. Essential reading for thinking Christians. So much heresy and just-plain-nonsense would be cleared away if Christians knew what their wise, wonderful, and supremely intelligent ancestors wrote on various issues.

I love to read original documents. I like to hear authors from centuries ago. In this book, you can read extracts from documents of the Christian world from classical times to not-so-long-ago. You can read descriptions of Christians being persecuted; ancient debates that still rage; some issues are deep and still unresolved; others are more like “How many angels can fit on the head of a pin? This is a book for dipping. There is no need to read it from cover to cover.


But – what would Jesus make of these documents? I’d love to ask Him. Excellent resource for church history course that makes accessible portions of essential church documents discussed in a church history course. I highly recommend this work for providing the student the opportunity to engage with the primary documents on the bare essentials level. I agree with other reviewers that this is an indispensable volume for anyone studying the history of Christianity.

Also, the use of primary sources, which is a hallmark of the classical school movement, allows you to examine the actual words of a document rather than having it filtered through someone else’s point of view. I realize not every document could be included, but I was disappointed that Urban II’s speech calling for the Crusades was not included as it has relevance to world politics today.

Also, some longer works, such as The Rule of St. Benedict, have been ellipted so one must still look elsewhere to get the complete work. Still, this is a fabulous, reasonably priced volume to have at hand. A good collection of many of the documents relevant to the growth of our Lord and Savior’s church over the centuries.

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Provides insight into our faith as it developed in the larger church. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.

tye The documents in this collection are essential first-hand accounts, and thus essential reading for anyone interested in the early formation of the Christian Church. I purchased the item for my Kindle so I could read them in any location, but the navigation made this difficult. Also, since I was reading this book with a group, it was difficult to match up the Kindle locations with the actual printed pages.


It depends what kind of convenience you need – convenience of reading, or convenience of locating things. This is simply a collection of primary sources with brief explanations to provide historical context.

Documents of the Christian Church – Henry Bettenson; Chris Maunder – Oxford University Press

Some of it may be a bit tedious, but such is the nature of the sources themselves and not at all a fault of this book. When one considers the sheer volume of potential documents church history offers us to read, Bettenson has done a wonderful job of sifting out much that would be redundant or unnecessary for today’s reader.

What’s left is a valuable glimpse into issues and discussions that have occupied writers and thinkers over many generations. Love that I can see primary documents from antiquity compiled in one source. See all 76 reviews. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? Documents of the Christian Church Paperback. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

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