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This page provides links to recommended books on Church history available from Amazon.

Apostolic Fathers: Greek Texts and English Translations - The earliest post-New Testament writings. in both Greek and English. Also the  Apostolic Fathers in English and the Kindle edition.

Church History in Plain Language - By Bruce Shelley, one of this writer's seminary professors. A very good and understandable introduction to Church history. In this new and updated edition, contemporary phenomena such as the Religious Right, mega-churches, and user-friendly worship services are explored, along with some leading personalities behind these movements. Kindle edition. See also Shelley's book By What Authority: The Standards of Truth in the Early Church.

Classical Readings in Christian Apologetics - Edit by L. Russ Bush. Christians have always been called on to defend their beliefs--certainly no less today than at any other time in history. In this book the outstanding apologists of previous centuries become models, both in the content of their writing and their methodology, for Christians today.

Creeds of Christendom - Philip Schaff, author of the standard 8 volume History Of The Christian Church, assembles all of the major Christian creedal statements from the early church to today. There is nothing in print as complete as Creeds Of Christendom.

Creeds of the Churches - By John Haddon Leith. , Third Edition: A Reader in Christian Doctrine from the Bible to the Present. "An excellent compendium of Christian creeds. Especially valuable are the informative notes and comments by the editor which introduce both creedal sections and individual creeds." (Presbyterian Journal). A very helpful volume. Less comprehensive than Schaff's work, but less expensive as well.

Eusebius' Ecclesiastical History: Complete and Unabridged - Written in the fourth century. Very important primary source for studying church history. Includes numerous quotations from earlier writers, who would have been unknown if it were not for Eusebius classic history. 

Handbook of Denominations in the United States - By Frank Mead, et. al.. An excellent resource to have on hand. Provides statistics on each denomination, such as the number of members and congregations, along their histories and a summary of their theology. Kindle edition.

History of the Christian Church, 8 vols. - By Philip Schaff. The full text of this classic church history. Covers for the apostles to the Reformation. Kindle edition.

History of Christian Doctrines - By Louis Berkhof. Discusses the way Christian doctrine has developed over the centuries. Kindle edition.

Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers: First Series (The Early Church Fathers, First Series) - Edited by Philip Schaff. The definitive collection of the writings of the Church Fathers. Kindle edition.

Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers: Second Series (The Early Church Fathers, Second Series , So14) - Ditto above. Kindle edition.

Three Treatises - By Martin Luther. Contains To the Christian Nobility of the German Nation, The Babylonian Captivity of the Church, and The Freedom of a Christian. Three reading three treatise is essential in understanding the reasons and motivations for the Reformation. Kindle edition.

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