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50 World-Changing Events in Christian History (Blackburn)

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The increase in terrorism, the push for gender fluidity, the eradicating of Christianity from schools - During these worrying times, Earl Blackburn shows that learning about our history can be one of the best tools for encouraging us in our faith. Hearing stories of the perseverance of Christian heroes such as John Wycliffe, Martin Luther, and William Wilberforce is inspirational for everyday struggles; while seeing how God has grown His church through times of hardship and persecution helps us to have courage about the church of today.


Table of Contents: 

  1. The Destruction of Jerusalem
  2. The Publication of The Didache
  3. Justin Martyr Writes an Early Defense of Christianity (Apology)
  4. The Great Persecution under Emperor Diocletian
  5. Constantine the Great Converts to Christianity
  6. The Edict of Milan
  7. The First Council of Nicaea
  8. Athanasius’s Easter Letter Defines the New Testament Books
  9. Christianity Becomes the State Religion of the Roman Empire
  10. The First Council of Constantinople
  11. Augustine Converts to Christianity
  12. Jerome and the Latin Vulgate
  13. The Council of Ephesus
  14. The Council of Chalcedon
  15. The Second Council of Constantinople
  16. The First Universal Pope, Gregory the Great
  17. The Third Council of Constantinople
  18. The Battle of Tours
  19. The Second Council of Nicaea
  20. Charlemagne Crowned Holy Roman Emperor
  21. Christianization of Russia
  22. The Great Schism
  23. The First Crusade Launched
  24. The Waldensian Movement
  25. John Wycliffe and the Lollard Movement
  26. Johann Gutenberg and the First Printed Bible
  27. Erasmus Publishes Greek New Testament
  28. Martin Luther Posts His Ninety-Five Theses
  29. The Diet of Worms
  30. The Anabaptist Movement Begins
  31. William Tyndale and the First English New Testament
  32. John Calvin Publishes First Edition of The Institutes of the Christian Religion
  33. The Council of Trent Convenes
  34. The King James Version of the Bible
  35. The Synod of Dort
  36. John Bunyan Authors The Pilgrim’s Progress
  37. The Apex of Protestant Comfessionalism
  38. The Great Awakening Peaks
  39. Robert Raikes Promotes Sunday School System
  40. William Carey and the Modern Missionary Movement
  41. William Wilberforce and the Abolition of British Slave Trade
  42. Charles Finney and Lectures on Revivals
  43. Julius Wellhausen and the Documentary Hypothesis
  44. The Azusa Street Revival
  45. The Fundamentals and the Modernist-Fundamentalist Controversy
  46. Camp Wycliffe Founded
  47. World Council of Churches Organized
  48. The Los Angeles Crusade and Billy Graham
  49. The Emergence of Liberation Theology
  50. The Rise of Social Media 



Earl M. Blackburn started ministry in Utah, carrying the gospel to the Mormons. He then pastored at Trinity Reformed Baptist Church in La Mirada, California for 22 years. He has traveled extensively preaching in the United States, Europe, Africa, and Asia.



"This really is a fine piece of work and should be very popular and highly useful in the church." - Tom J. Nettles, Senior Professor of Historical Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

"... 50 World-Changing Events in Christian History is a helpful overview of church history written from an evangelical and reformed perspective. I hope it will help many believers understand how their own lives and local churches fit into the ongoing story of God's new covenant people from every tribe, language, and nation." - Nathan A. Finn, Associate Professor of Historical Theology and Baptist Studies, The Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, North Carolina

"... As a professor of Church History, one of the most frequent questions I am asked is for a recommendation of a simple survey of the life of the church over the last 2,000 years. Now I have the answer to that question..." - James M. Renihan, Dean and Professor of Historical Theology, Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies, Escondido, California