Rick Shrader‘s Review:
I have always enjoyed reading Bruce Shelley. He was the long-time professor of church history at Denver Seminary and we lived in Denver near the seminary for a long time. This book (1985) is written more for the layman than for the theologian or even the pastor. Whereas I enjoyed his sequel, Church History in Plain Language (written 10 years later), I didn’t enjoy this as much. Shelley is a Baptist but I felt he hedged on a few important doctrines. He didn’t clearly subscribe to an early earth view of creation much less to 24 hour creative days; he didn’t give any definite view of eschatology, not even a millennium; and he suggested a pre-regeneration view of regeneration. On salvation and theology proper this is solid and on historical things and anecdotes he is great, but I was disappointed in these few views on important theological issues.