Church History

NOTE: not just European church history.



Lutheran Reformations
Philip Melanchthon, The Life of Martin Luther Part 1 Part 2 (Project Wittenberg)
Philip Melanchthon, Of the Power and Primacy of the Pope (Project Wittenberg)
The German Peasant Revolt: Selected Documents
The German Mass and Order of Divine Service (1526) (HHTP, Hanover College)
The Book of Concord: Lutheran Confessions, 1529-1580 (Project Wittenberg)
Jacob Boehme, The Supersensual Life (CCEL)Reformed Reformations
Ordinances For The Regulation of the Churches Dependent Upon the Seigniory of Geneva (1547)
Schleitheim Confession (1527) (Anabaptists)
Michael Sattler’s Trial (1527) (Anabaptists)
The Suppression of Glastonbury Abbey (1539)(Internet Medieval Sourcebook)
John Knox
Scottish Confession of Faith (1550) (SWRB)


At (church history direct link to books on church history at amazon)
A History of the Church from Pentecost to Present by James B. North (Jun 1991)
A History of the Church in the Middle Ages by F. Donald Logan (Jun 14, 2002)
A Short History of the Early Church by Harry R. Boer (Oct 1976)
Christian History Made Easy: 13 Weeks to a Better Understanding of Church History by Timothy Paul Jones (Aug 1, 1999)
Chronological and Background Charts of Church History (ZondervanCharts) by Mr. Robert C. Walton (Oct 1, 2005)
Church History In Plain Language Updated 2nd Edition by Bruce L. Shelley (May 7, 1996)
Church History Volume One: From Christ to Pre-Reformation: The Rise and Growth of the Church in Its Cultural, Intellectual, and Political Context by Everett Ferguson (Jul 1, 2005)
Church History: An Essential Guide (Essential Guide (Abingdon Press)) by Justo L. Gonzalez (Sep 1996)
Church History: Twenty Centuries of Catholic Christianity by John C. Dwyer (Jul 1998)
Exploring Church History (Exploring) by James P. Eckman (Jan 2002)
History of the Medieval Church, 590-1500 by Margar Deanesly (Dec 31, 1990)
Kregel Pictorial Guide to Church History, The, Vol. 3: The Triumph of the Church-A.D. 500-1500 (Kregel Pictorial Guide Series, The) by John D. Hannah (Jun 5, 2007)
Pocket History of the Church by D. Jeffrey Bingham (April 2002)
Sketches from Church History by S. M. Houghton; Iain H. Murray; S.M. Houghton (Aug 1, 1981)
The Church in History by B. K. Kuiper (Dec 1995)
The Early Church (The Penguin History of the Church) by Henry Chadwick (Oct 1, 1993)
The Formation of Christian Europe: From 600 to 900 (An Illustrated History of the Church, 4) by Enzo Bellini and John Drury (Jan 1981
The History of Europe & the Church: [the relationship that shaped the Western world!] by Keith W Stump (1987)
The History of the Church: From Christ to Constantine (Penguin Classics) by Eusebius, Andrew Louth, and G. A. Williamson (April 3, 1990)
The One Year Book of Christian History (One Year Books) by E. Michael Rusten and Sharon O. Rusten (Feb 5, 2003)


Bainton, Roland. Christendom: A Short History of Christianity and its Impact on Western Civilization. 2 Vols. New York: Harper and Row, 1966
Bihlmeyer, T., Church History, 3 vols. (Westminster: Newman Press, 1968).
Chadwick Henry, and Owen Chadwick, gen. eds. Oxford History of the Christian Church. Multi-volume set. NY: Oxford University Press, 1977.
Chadwick, O. A History of Christianity. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1995.
Coakley, J. & A. Sterk. Readings in World Christian History. Vol. I: Earliest Christianity To 1453. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2004.
Comby, J. How to Read Church History. 2v. London: SCM, 1989.
Danielou, J. and Marrou, H., The Christian Centuries (London: DLT, 1979).
Dowley, T. (ed.) The History of Christianity. Lion Handbooks. Rev. (ed.). Oxford: Lion, 1990.
Dowley, Tim, ed. Eerdman’s Handbook to the History of Christianity. Reprint. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1978.
Dowley, Tim. Editor. Introducton to the History of Christianity. Reprint. Grand Rapids: Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1995.
Edwards, D.L. Christianity: The First Two Thousand Years. London: Cassell, 1997.
Gonzalez, J. The Story of Christianity. 2v. London: Harper Collins, 1984.
Green, V. A New History of Christianity. New York: Continuum, 1996.
Jedin, H., History of the Church (London: Burns and Oates, 1980).
Jedin, Hubert and John Dolan, eds. History of the Church. 10 vols. NY: Seabury,1979.
Johnson, P. A History of Christianity. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1976.
Latourette, Kenneth Scott. A History of Christianity. Revised ed. 2 Vols. NewYork: Harper and Row, 1975.
MacCulloch, D. Groundwork of Christian History. London: Epworth, 1987.
McManners, J. (ed.) Oxford Illustrated History of the Christian Church. Oxford: OUP, 1990.
Quasten, Johannes. Patrology. 4 vols. Utrecht: Spectrum; Westminster, MD: Christian Classics, 1950-86.
Schaff, Philip. History of the Christian Church. 8 vols. Reprint. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1949-50.
Walker, Williston. A History of the Christian Church. 3rd ed. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1970.

Encyclopedias , Handbooks and Dictionaries

Beinert, Wolfgang and Francis Schussler Fiorenza. Handbook of Catholic Theology. New York : The crossroad Publishing Co., 1995 .
Brauer, Jerald C. ed. The Westminster Dictionary of Church History. Philadelphia: Westminster, 1971.Church. Reprint. Oxford University Press, 1990.
Cross, F.L. and E. A. Livingstone ed. The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, Oxford Univ. Press.
DiBerardino, Angelo, ed. Encyclopedia of the Early Church. Trans. by Adrian Walford.2 vols. New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1992.
Douglas, J.D., ed. The New International Dictionary of Church History. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1978.
Edwards, Paul, ed. The Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 8 vols. NY: Macmillan, 1967.
Elwell, Walter. ed. Evangelical Dictionary of Theology. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1984.
Ferguson, Everett, ed. Encyclopedia of Early Christianity. New York: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1990.
Ferguson, Sinclair B.; Wright, David F.; and Packer, J.I., ed. New Dictionary of Theology. Downers Grove, Illinois: Inter-Varsity Press, 1988.
Harrison, Everett F., ed. Baker’s Dictionary of Theology. Reprint., Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1981.
Hart, Trevor. The Dictionary of Historical Theology. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000
Hastings, James, ed. Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics. 12 vols. NY: Scribners, 1908-34. Reprint. Scribners, 1961
Hillerbrand, H.J. (ed.) The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation. 4 vols. New York and London: Oxford U.P., 1996.
Jackson, Samuel M. ed.The New Schaff – Herzog Encyclopedia of Religion, 12 vols. New York: Funk and Wagnalls Co., 1908-1914
McClintock, J. and Strong, J., ed. Cyclopedia of Biblical Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. 10 vols. New York: Harper & Bros., 1867-87.
McDonald, William J., ed. The New Catholic Encyclopedia. 15 vols. NY: McGraw-Hill, 1967.
Muller, Richard A. Dictionary of Latin and Greek Theological Terms. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1985.
Richardson, Alan and Bowen, John, eds. The Westminster Dictionary of Christian Theology. Philadelphia: Westminster, 1983.

Primary Sources

Bettenson, Henry. Documents of the Christian Church. Second Edition. New York: Oxford University Press, 1963. (3rd Edition, 1999)
Bromiley, Geoffrey. Historical Theology An Introduction. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1978.
Culbertson, Philip and Arthur Shippee. The Pastor: Readings from the Patristic Period. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1990.
Deferrari, R.J. The Fathers of the Church: A New Translation. 70 vols Washington, D.C., Catholic University of America Press, 1947-
Forell, George W. ed. Christian Social Teachings. Minneapolis: Augsburg Publishing House, 1971.
Leith, John. Creeds of the Churches. Atlanta: John Knox Press, 1977.
Lull, Timothy. ed. Luther’s Theological Writings. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1989.
McGrath, Alister. ed. The Christian Theology Reader. Cambridge: Blackwell Publishers, 1995
Oates, Whitney J. Editor. Basic Writings of Augustine. 2 Vols, Baker Bk.House,1980.
Quasten , Johannes and Joseph C. Plumpe, ed. Ancient Christian Writers: The Works of the Fathers in Translation. 55 vols. New York: Newman Press,1946.
Schaff, Philip. Creeds of Christendom. 3 Vols. reprint ed., Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1993.
The Classics of Western Spirituality: A Library of the Great Spiritual Masters. 63 vols. NY: Paulist Press, 1979
Schaff, Philip.ed. Ante-Nicene, Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers. 36 Vols. Reprint ed., Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., 1991.
The Library of Christian Classics: Ichthus Edition. 20 vols. Louisville:Westminster Press.
Wiles, Maurice and Mark Santer, eds. Reprint ed., Documents in Early Christian Thought. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989.

History of Doctrine

Berkhof, Louis. The History of Christian Doctrines. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, Reprint 1976.
Bettenson, Henry. Documents of the Christian Church. New York: Oxford University Press, 1967.
CunliffeJones. H. A History of Christian Doctrine. T&T Clark.
Cunningham, William. Historical Theology. London: Banner of Truth Trust, 1960.
Gonzalez, Justo. A History of Christian Thought. 3 Vols. reprint ed., Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1992.
Harnack, Adolf Outlines of the History of Dogma. Boston: Beacon Press, 1957.
Harnack, Adolf. History of Dogma. 4 vols. Reprint. Gloucester, MA: Peter Smith, 1976.
Kelly, J.N.D. Early Church Doctrines. reprint ed., San Francisco: Harper Collins, 1978.
Lane, Exploring Christian Thought. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1984
Lohse, Bernhard. A Short History of Christian Doctrine From the First Century to the Present. Trans. F. Ernest Stoeffler. Rev. Ed. Phil.: Fortress Press, 1985
McGrath, Alister. Historical Theology: An Introduction to the History of Christian Thought. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2001.
Pelikan, Jaroslav Jan. The Christian Tradition. 5 Vols. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1971-89.
Seeberg, Reinhold. History of Doctrines. Reprint. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1977.
Tillich, Paul. A History of Christian Thought. New York: Harper and Row, 1968.

European (specific) Church History
NOTE: also see Reformation church history articles above.

Abu-Lughod, J. Before European Hegemony: World Systems AD 1250-1350. Oxford University Press, 1989.
Aston, Nigel, Christianity and Revolutionary Europe, 1750-1830 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002).
Bebbington, David W., ?Evangelical Christianity and the Enlightenment?, in Eden Martyn and Wells, David, (ed), The Gospel in the Modern World (Leicester: IVP, 1991) pp. 66-78.
Bebbington, David W., Evangelicalism in Modern Britain (London: Routledge, 1989).
Bebbington, David W., Holiness in Nineteenth Century England (Carlisle: Paternoster, 2000).
Bebbington, David W., The Dominance of Evangelicalism: The Age of Spurgeon and Moody (Leicester: IVP, 2005),
Bebbington, David W., The Nonconformist Conscience (London: George Allen and Unwin, 1982).
Bebbington, David W., Victorian Nonconformity (Gwynedd, Bangor: Headstart History, 1992).
Benz, Ernst, ?Pietist and Puritan Sources of Early Protestant World Missions. (Cotton Mather and Augustus, H. Francke)?, Church History, Volume XX. (June 1951), pp. 28-55.
Bergin, G. Fred, Autobiography of George M?ller (London: J. Nisbet & Co, 1905).
Bolton, B. The Medieval Reformation. New York: Holmens & Meier, 1983.
Bornkamm, Heinrich, Luther in Mid Career 1521-1530 (London: Dartman, Longman and Todd, 1979).
Brady, Thomas A. Oberman, Heiko A. Tracy, James D., Handbook of European History 1400-1600: Late Middle Ages, Renaissance and Reformation, Volume II (Leiden: E.J.Brill,1995).
Brown, Dale W., Understanding Pietism (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1978).
Cameron, E. The European Reformation. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1991.
Chadwick, Owen, The Secularisation of the European Mind in the Nineteenth Century. The Gifford Lectures for The University of Edinburgh for 1973-74 (Cambridge: CUP, 1975).
Chadwick, Owen, The Victorian Church, 2 Volumes (London: Adam and Charles Black, 1971).
Chenu, H. Nature, Man and Society in the Twelfth Century. University of Chicago Press, 1968.
Collinson, Patrick D., Godly People: Essays on English Protestantism and Puritanism (London: The Hambledon Press, 1983).
Collinson, Patrick D., The Puritan Character: Polemics and Polarities in Early Seventeenth Century English Culture (Los Angeles: University of California, 1989).
Collinson, Patrick D., The Religion of the Protestants: The Church in English Society 1559-1625 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1982).
Collinson, Patrick D., The Sixteenth Century (Oxford: OUP, 2002).
Dickens, Arthur G., The English Reformation (New York: Schocken Books, 1964).
Duffy, E. The Stripping of the Altars: Traditional Religion in England, c. 1400 – c. 1580. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1992.
Gribben, Crawford and Stunt, Timothy C.F.. Prisoners of Hope? Aspects of Evangelical Millennialism in Britain and Ireland 1800-1880 (Carlisle: Paternoster Press, 2004)
Hamilton, B. Religion in the Medieval West. London: Edward Arnold, 1986.
Hattersley, Roy S.G., A Brand From the Burning: The Life of John Wesley (London: Little Brown, 2002).
Heitzenrater, Richard P., The Elusive Mr. Wesley: John Wesley His Own Biographer (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1984).
Hsia, R. P.-C. The World of Catholic Renewal: 1540-1770. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.
Jones, M.D. W. The Counter Reformation: Religion and Society in Early Modern Europe. Cambridge: Cambridge Univesity Press, 1995.
Jones, Scott J., John Wesley?s Conception and Use of Scripture (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1995).
Kent, John, Wesley and the Wesleyans (Cambridge: CUP, 2002)
Knight, Frances, The Nineteenth Century Church and English Society (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995).
Lane, 2003.Marshall, Peter & Ryrie, Alec, The Beginnings of English Protestantism (Cambridge: CUP, 2002).
Lindberg, C. The European Reformations. Oxford: Blackwell, 1996.
Logan, D.F. A History of the Church in the Middle Ages. London and N.Y.: Routledge, 2002.
Lynch, J.H. The Medieval Church: A Brief History. London: Longman, 1992.
Mason, John C.S., The Moravian Church and the Missionary Awakening in England 1760- 1800 (Suffolk: The Boydell Press, 2001).
McCulloch, D. Reformation: Europe’s House Divided 1490-1700. London: Allen
McGinn, B. The Flowering of Mysticism: Men and Women in the New Mysticism (1200 – 1350). New York: Crossroad, 1998.
McLeod, H. Religion & Society in England 1850-1914. New York: St Martin?s Press, 1996.
Mollat, G. The Popes at Avignon, 1308 ? 1378. London: T. Nelson, 1963.
Morris, C. The Papal Monarchy: The Western Church from 1050 to 1250. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1989.
M?ller, George, The Autobiography of George M?ller: 1805-1898 (London: J.Nisbet & Co, The Bible and Tract Warehouse, Bristol, 1905).
Mundt, William F., Sinners Directed to the Saviour: The Religious Tract Society Movement in Germany 1811-1848 (Zoetermeer: Boekencentrum, 1996).
Noll, Mark A.,The Rise of Evangelicalism: The Age of Edwards, Whitefield and the Wesleys (Leicester: IVP, 2004).
Oakley, F. The Western Church in the Later Middle Ages. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1979.
Oberman, Heiko A., Luther: Man Between God and the Devil (New Haven: Yale University Press,1989).
Oberman, Heiko A., The Reformation: Roots and Ramifications (Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1994).
Olin, John C., Catholic Reform From Cardinal Ximenes to the Council of Trent, 1495-1563 (New York: Fordham University Press, 1990).
Orr, James E., The Second Evangelical Awakening in Britain (London: Marshall, Morgan and Scott, 1949).
Ozment, Steve E., The Age of Reform, 1250-1550 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1980).
Pelikan, Jaroslav J., The Christian Tradition, Volume 4, Reformation of Church and Dogma (1300-1700) (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1984).
Pelikan, Jaroslav J., The Christian Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrine. Volume 5 Christian Doctrine and Modern Culture (since 1700) (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1989).
Pettegree, A. ed. The Early Reformation in Europe. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992.
Pierson, Arthur, George M?ller of Bristol (London: James Nisbet & Co, 1899).
Podmore, Colin, The Moravian Church in England, 1728-1760 (Oxford: OUP, 1998).
Porter, Andrew N., Religion versus Empire? British Protestant Missionaries and Overseas Expansion, 1700-1914 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2004)
Price, Charles and Randall, Ian, Transforming Keswick (Carlisle: OM Publishing 2000).
Rack, Henry D., Reasonable Enthusiast: John Wesley and the Rise of Methodism (London: Epworth Press, 2002)
Raitt, J. (ed.) Christian Spirituality: High Middle Ages and Reformation. New York: Crossroad, 1988.
Raitt, J. ed. Christian Spirituality: High Middle Ages & Reformation. 3 vols. New York: Crossroad, 1987.
Randall, Ian, Evangelical Experiences: A Study in the Spirituality of English Evangelicalism 1918-1939 (Carlisle: Paternoster, 1999).
Reardon, B.M.G. Religion in the Age of Romanticism: Studies in Early Nineteenth Century Thought. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985.
Reardon, Bernard M.G., From Coleridge to Gore: a Century of Religious Thought in Britain.(London: Longman, 1971).
Reardon, Bernard M.G., Religious Thought in the Victorian Age (Essex: Longman, 1995).
Riley?Smith, J. The Crusades: A Short History. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1987.
Rowdon, Harold H., The Origins of the Brethren (London: Pickering & Inglis, 1967).
Rowell, Geoffrey, Hell and the Victorians (Oxford: Clarendon Press 1974).
Ryken, Leland, Worldy Saints: The Puritans as they Really Were (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1986).
Sandeen, Ernest R., The Roots of Fundamentalism. British and American Millenarianism 1800-1930 (Chicago:University of Chicago Press,1970).
Scotland, Nigel A.D., Evangelical Anglicans in a Revolutionary Age, 1789-1901 (Carlisle: Paternoster Press, 2004).
Scribner, R.W., et al. The Reformation in National Context. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994.
Southern, R.W. Scholastic Humanism and the Unification of Europe. 3 vols. Oxford: Blackwell, 1994-2005.
Southern, R.W. Western Society and the Church in the Middle Ages. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1970.
Stoeffler, Fred E., German Pietism During the Eighteenth Century (Leiden: E.J.Brill, 1973).
Stunt, Timothy F.C., From Awakening to Secession: Radical Evangelicals in Switzerland and Britain 1815-1835 (Edinburgh: T & T Clarke, 2000).
Swanson, R. N. Religion and Devotion in Europe c.1215 – c.1515. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995.
Swanson, R.N. Religion and Devotion in Europe, c. 1215?1515. Cambridge Medieval Textbooks. Cambridge University Press, 1995.
Tierney, B. Foundations of the Conciliar Theory. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1955
Van Os, H.W. The Art of Devotion in the late Middle Ages in Europe 1300?1500. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1994.
Vauchez, A. The Laity in the Middle Ages: Religious Beliefs and Devotional Practices. Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, 1993.
Von Greyerz, K. ed. Religion and Society in Early Modern Europe 1500-1800. London: Allen & Unwin, 1984.
Wilson, A.N., The Victorians (London: Hutchinson, 2002).


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