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The Duffer's Guide to the Early Church
This book is aimed at beginners, and I strongly recommend it. If I may begin at the end with the bibliography and suggestions for further reading, this section is probably worth the price of book alone, and would easily serve for undergraduate level study. That said, I also recommend it for its unusual humourous approach to church history and theology. The general technique is to present each topic as a group tutorial discussion (ie, hot debate), with th...
The Duffer's Guide to the Medieval Church
The second in the series, this is a more mature and confidently written book. It very concisely covers 500-1400AD, ranging over the development of the church within the old Roman Empire. The humour is still there, the rudest and most controversial tutorial group ever slug it out - the facts and the interpretations of Europe's turbulent years leading up to the Reformation. The funniest chapter deals with heresies and, if I am not much mistaken, owes a lot...
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