Being rooted in the past helps us to stand strong in the present.'There is something intriguing about the lives of those who have gone before us. We wonder what they thought, how they lived, what they cared about and maybe even what advice they would offer us today.In this introduction to church history, you'll discover answers to those questions and more as historian Edward Rhodes chronicles church history from the early church up to the recent past. Edward argues that knowing more about our Christian ancestors helps us to make sense of our own story and place in history. Be challenged as you consider how lessons from the past can apply to us today with the help of application points and study questions at the end of each chapter.