"In order to grasp the contemporary issues that face the church, we need a deep understanding of the Chrisitan story. To find our way along the path of this history, we need a series of reference points. This volume...is designed to provide the interested reader and student of church history with essential facts about the key personalities, movements, books and ideas that shaped the history of Christianity....The entries, although brief, are written with enough detail and 'texture' to pique interest in the subject and point the way to futher study." -from the preface In addition to the helpful alphabetically listed explanations, this volume also contains a chronology listing the most important people, events and ideas during each century of church history. This is an essential guide for the beginning student of the history of the Christian church.