I know a lot more about books and their organization and presentation than I do about the Abrahamic Faith. Jan Stilson’s latest book is beautifully organized, illustrated and presented. I thought it was fresh off the press from one of the mainstream academic publishing houses.
Steve Thomas, Chicago
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Diversity and depth of information thoughtfully presented in 620 pages.
The Church of God has a long history of publishing excellence. From periodical pages filled with everything from Sunday school lessons to doctrinal controversies and on to the digital age of web broadcasts and email news, the Church of God has thrived with aid of the written word. Author Jan Stilson, with the support of the CofG History Committee, sincerely hopes readers will find this volume continues that tradition.
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This encyclopedia is the story of the Church of God, and it is a history that must be celebrated. The book’s content includes the history of thought of additional church organizations including the Christadelphians, Disciples of Christ, Christian Connexion, Unitarians, and Advent Christians. The Seventh-day Adventists, Seventh-day Baptists, and Seventh-day Church of God are also mentioned. All of these groups developed alongside the Church of God as sister denominations and helped to shape its thought and mission. Discussion also includes some of the tangential thought which was labeled “heresy” and ultimately excluded from the statement of faith in the Church of God, as well as many of its sister denominations.
Compiling this work has taken the combined efforts of many people, including those no longer with us whose persistent energy to preserve the background of a faith so greatly contributed to contemporary research. While the ultimate goal of such a project is publication of a resource suitable for students, clergy, and lay persons of all ages, the very research, interviews, and resources compiled to craft it are also enriched through validation of their importance and recognition of the need to preserve them.
To learn how this encyclopedia can be used as a teaching tool, please read the COG History Curriculum.
eBook edition wins 2012 eLit Awards
Janet, I got the Encycl of Church of God workers, and I couldn’t put it down. You did a great job. It is a wonderful collection of our past. Thank you. Now you can take a deep breath and know it is done.God bless,Nancy(in Arkansas)