Essential Church History is an interesting, informative, and consistently readable narrative of the church. It brings to life central people and dramatic events that shaped the Christian religion-including the formation of the canon, the Arian controversy, the Crusades, and the Reformation period. Adam Murrell skillfully shows how the Bible, the believer's ultimate authority, must remain at the forefront in order for the church to be guided into truth. When that authority is abandoned or forsaken, however, the consequences are always devastating, as witnessed in the errors of Arianism, Pelagianism, holy wars, the moral bankruptcy of the medieval church, and liberal Protestantism.
Essential Church History will serve as a fascinating introduction to the panoramic history of Christianity, all the while providing biblical truths for students and teachers of church history, for pastors, and for general readers.
Endorsements & Reviews-
"The history of the church is a long and complex story, and many beginners are stymied by the sheer scope of it. It is not always easy to trace the advance of the gospel through the maze of ecclesiastical movements, individual fanatics, unorthodox ideas, cults, crusades, and human institutions that clutter church history. But here's an immensely helpful summary that will give you a head start and help make sense of it all. Adam Murrell's own deep love for the church and his commitment to faithful, biblical doctrine shine through. This is a superb introduction to church history." --Phil Johnson Executive Director Grace to You
"This introductory work combines a knowledge of church history with an acute insight into the significance of its various plot lines, events, and characters. Adam Murrell has provided a helpful resource for those of us interested in tracing the unfolding story of redemption. I highly recommend this book." --Brent Martin Senior Pastor Friendship Baptist Church
"From the Introduction to the final chapter, the theme of this volume is that faithful adherence to the teachings of Scripture determines the overall health and vitality of the church, Christian doctrine, and even the well-being of society. Adam Murrell's sober challenge is traced down through the ages to the present, reminding the church to keep in mind the foundation on which she was built. Along the way, the text is an engaging read, presenting a plethora of historical events and explanations, all recounted and related to this central thesis, which deserves a good hearing." --Gary R. Habermas Distinguished Research Professor Liberty University & Theological Seminary
Adam Murrell, MA Liberty University, serves as the president of a non-profit organization, Bible teacher, and United States naval Officer. He has authored several books including So You Want to Become a Roman Catholic?, The Essence of the Christian Faith, and The Young Baptist's Catechism. In addition to his writings, he maintains an international Internet ministry at www.stanmurrell.org. He currently resides in Virginia with his wife, Laura, and four children, Emily, Elizabeth, Luke, and Caleb.