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Historical Theology and Church History Books
If you could recommend just one book on church history or historical theology, which would it be? (Feel free to select one’s for a period, such as Reformation theology or a book on the Great Schism, etc.)
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Brian Tierny’s ‘The Medieval Crisis of Church and State 1050-1300’ is quite good.
Thanks! What did you enjoy about it?
The specialization and the rigorous scholarship, as well as the inclusion of the primary texts that he’s concerned with. As far as scholarship goes, he’s second to none in this area, though, again, it’s pretty specialized.
Thanks for sharing! It sounds quite interesting.
I found Roger Olson’s The Story of Christian Theology to be helpful
What is it about the book that you enjoy so much?
I don’t know…I think it did a good job capturing Church history pre-Reformation. I do wished he spent more time with Calvin and Reformed Scholastics
JW, I can’t recommend only one. I’ve been working my way through the four bibliographies listed on this webpage for the past few years: https://divinity.uchicago.edu/history-christianity
Thanks for sharing this excellent list, Dan!