The Story of Christianity: The Reformation to the Present [Book Review]

Over the last few weeks I have been immersed in reading about modern Christianity. By modern, I mean everything from the last 500 years. The Story of Christianity: The Reformation to the Present, which is written by Justo L. González, happens to be one of a number of books that I was assigned to read, in order that I might be better acclimated to this period in Church history.  

Image Credit: The Story of Christianity cover art

Let me begin by stating that this book in particular was quite challenging for me; not because of language or complexity, but because of the point of view of the author. I think that the uniqueness of the author’s perspective only highlights the challenges that exists in the church when there is not more global input into reflection upon how history has occurred. It is also perhaps why many people find it challenging to read the Bible because they do not acknowledge that the synoptic gospels are written from the perspectives of the disciples who witnessed the events during the life and ministry of Jesus. 

In reading The Story of Christianity: The Reformation to the Present, the author pays homage to the historical events that have taken place over the last 500 years and presents vast amounts of insight to each of the movements that have been birthed since the days of Martin Luther.  

What I loved about this book is how in depth the perspective is on each of the movements, including those that have occurred in Latin America. While I didn’t particularly agree with all of the view shared about America’s Church history over the last 150 years, I have to acknowledge that this is one person’s perspective and that not all people are going to see history in the same light. If you want to expand and broaden your view of the history of the Church over the last 500 years, this is one book that would add dimension to your understanding. 

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