Revealing Snapshots: People and Events That Shaped Christianity
by Ralph E. MacKenzie
Clairmont Bookworks, 2014
(275 pages, $14.99, paperback)
reviewed by James HitchcockRalph E. McKenzie is a Presbyterian layman who has been a tireless and effective agent of ecumenical understanding at the grassroots level, and his latest book is a very useful continuation of that effort.
It is a kind of mini-encyclopedia, with over 200 brief entries, mostly biographical sketches of important figures in the history of Christianity, with equally brief accounts of a few key events and of some of the gospel's leading enemies, such as Voltaire and Sigmund Freud. It is not intended to be scholarly, but it is reliable and can serve as a convenient reference work for the general reader.
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James Hitchcock is Professor emeritus of History at St. Louis University in St. Louis. He and his late wife Helen have four daughters. His most recent book is the two-volume work, The Supreme Court and Religion in American Life (Princeton University Press, 2004). He is a senior editor of Touchstone.
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