Essay on Turning Points : Decisive Moments
Mark A. Noll book review
Turning Points: Decisive Moments the History of Christianity. By Mark A. Noll. Grand Rapids,
Mich.: Baker, 2012. 326 pp. n.p.
The extremely creative writer Mark Noll of Wheaton College (Illinois) on his interpretation of the history of Christianity designed for the general reader. Dr. Noll graduated from Wheaton as an English major and from Vanderbilt with his PhD in the
History of Christianity in 1975. After four years of Trinity College (IL), Noll joined the Wheaton
College in 1979. Author of several other books.
Unlike the usual this book is one fact after another church history "turning points" Dr Noll end each chapter with a prayer a figure related in some way to the turning points, this twelve textbooks volume populate the market, and builds the story of the growth and extension of the church around these. Noll readily admits that these are not the only or even the most significant ones, but they were chosen to provide the basis for a coherent narrative.
To underscore the point that the great decisions of the past were made by real people who worshipped together with their fellow believers, Noll introduces each chapter with a hymn and ends it with a prayer, both origin of contemporary. He rcorded the developments within the church with considerable objectivity, but lets the reader know where his own Protestant biases shape his thinking and material that he chooses. His source of information, he refference on…