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Would you like to learn about the interesting people (e.g., Irenaeus, Polycarp, William Tyndale, Martin Luther) and events (e.g., the Council of Nicea, the Reformation) that have helped to shape what Christianity has looked like over the past 2000 years? Check out the following:

CHART & TIMELINE:

Timeline of Biblical History by Charlie Campbell


BOOKS:

“Ecclesiastical History” by Eusebius

“The 100 Most Important Dates in Church History”

“How Christianity Changed the World”

“Church History in Plain Language” by Bruce L. Shelley

“A Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs” by David Bercot

“What if Jesus Had Never Been Born?” by Dr. D. James Kennedy


FREE ONLINE BOOKS:

“History of the Christian Church” by Phillip Schaff

“Sketches of Jewish Social Life” by Alfed Edersheim

The Didache (a concise first century compilation of Christian doctrines)

The Writings of the Early Church Fathers

Fox’s Book of Martyrs by John Fox

The Writings of Josephus (first century Jewish historian)


HELPFUL WEBSITES:

“Internet Modern History Sourcebook”

Christian History Institute

Today in Church History

The Creeds


AUDIO:

History of the Christian Church
Excellent 15-20 minute podcasts covering key events in church history by Lance Ralston, pastor of Calvary Chapel of Oxnard, in California (Subscribe here on iTunes)

“It Begins” (Episode 1) by Lance Ralston

“Transitions” (Episode 2) by Lance Ralston

“Strategic” (Episode 3) by Lance Ralston

“Martrys” (Episode 4) by Lance Ralston

Subscribe here on iTunes to listen to episodes 5 and following!


ARTICLES:

“The Real Murderers: Atheism or Christianity?” by Greg Koukl

“The Crusades: Were they Justified?” by Norman Geisler

“How The Da Vinci Code Distorted Church History” by Charlie Campbell

“What Really Happened at the Nicea?” by James White

“The NT Canon Was Not Decided at Nicea—Nor Any Other Church Council” by Michael Kruger

“How Critics of Christianity Often Distort the Story of Galileo” by Charlie Campbell

“Catholicism: An Examination of the Teachings of the Catholic Church” by Charlie Campbell

Why and when was the Bible divided into chapters and verses? by Don Stewart


BRIEF OVERVIEWS OF SOME IMPORTANT EVENTS & DATES:

70 Titus Destroys Jerusalem

313 The Edict of Milan

325 The First Council of Nicea

367 Athanasius Defines the New Testament

386 Augustine Converts to Christianity

405 Jerome Completes the Vulgate

451 The Council of Chalcedon

540 Benedict Writes His Monastic Rule

988 Vladimir Adopts Christianity

1054 The East-West Schism

1095 Pope Urban II Launches the First Crusade

1272 Thomas Aquinas Concludes His Word on Summa Theologiae

1378 The Great Papal Schism

1456 Gutenberg Produces the First Printed Bible

1517 Luther Posts the 95 Theses

1521 The Diet of Worms

1525 The Anabaptist Movement Begins

1534 The Act of Supremacy

1536 John Calvin Publishes Institutes of the Christian Religion

1545 The Council of Trent Begins

1611 Publication of the King James Bible

1738 John & Charles Wesley Experience Conversions

1740 The Great Awakening Peaks

1962 The Second Vatican Council

Seventy-Five Other Important Events in Church History

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NEW! ONE MINUTE ANSWERS TO SKEPTICS—UPDATED & EXPANDED EDITION!

Could you use help answering atheists, skeptics, and agnostics’ top 50 objections and questions about God and the Bible? Objections like:

 

•  “Why doesn’t God just appear to us in a public setting and prove He exists?”
•  “The New Testament authors stole details for Jesus’s life story from religions that were around long before Christianity!”
•  “The God of the Old Testament commanded the Israelites to commit genocide!”
•  “The Bible condones slavery! Only evil, selfish men would concoct a book like that!”
•  “You think Christianity is true because you live in the West and were brought up in the Christian faith. If you had been born in India, you’d be a Hindu!”

Learn how these and other objections and questions can be answered in this updated and expanded edition of One Minute Answers to Skeptics.

 

 

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NEW! THE BIBLE'S SCIENTIFIC ACCURACY AND FORESIGHT

Has the Bible been disproved by scientific discoveries? Is the Bible hopelessly out-of-date? Critics of Christianity say yes. But the evidence says no. In this 50-minute video, Charlie Campbell lays out a case for the scientific accuracy of the Bible by looking at several ancient revelations in the Bible that revealed amazing facts about the Earth and the universe thousands of years before the invention of telescopes, satellites, deep-diving submarines, and all the other technology that finally allowed scientists in the last century or two to verify these revelations were correct! This video will surely strengthen your confidence in the accuracy and trustworthiness of the Bible!

 

NEW! ANSWERING ATHEISTS

In this video, Charlie Campbell offers concise 3-5 minute responses to a variety of objections that atheists bring up about God and the Bible. Objections like...

•  "The Bible condones slavery!”
•  “God commanded the Jews to commit genocide!"
•  “A talking snake in the Garden of Eden? How do you believe this stuff?”
•  “If God existed, He’d appear to us in a public setting!”
•  “The Bible was written by men! It’s not trustworthy.”
•  “It’s foolish to think a god built a universe billions of light years across just to have a personal relationship with you.”
•  “Evolution is a proven fact.”
•  “The Bible is oppressive and harmful to women!”
•  “Religions, Christianity included, are responsible for most of the world’s wars, suffering, and atrocities!”
•  and more! Length: 48 minutes

 

 

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EVIDENCE FOR THE BIBLE (Part 1): Ten Reasons You Can Trust the Scriptures

Was the Bible written by deceitful men? Is the Bible out-of-sync with scientific discoveries? Has the Bible undergone corruption as it was translated down through the centuries? Are the persons, places and events mentioned in the Bible mythological? What sets the Bible apart from other religious writings like the Quran, Hindu Vedas, or Book of Mormon? Charlie Campbell has been researching answers to questions like these for more than twenty years. In this updated, expanded 83 minute video he answers these questions as he builds a compelling ten-pronged case for the trustworthiness of the Bible:

•  Scientific Discoveries
•  Archaeological Evidence
•  Fulfilled Prophecies
•  The Dead Sea Scrolls
•  Extrabiblical Historical Sources
•  The Martyrdom of the Disciples
•  Problems in the Quran
•  Problems in the Book of Mormon
•  And more!  

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ARCHAEOLOGICAL EVIDENCE FOR THE BIBLE

Is the Bible a collection of fables and myths? Are the persons, places, and events in the Bible just fabrications by deceitful men? Many critics of Christianity think so, but archaeological discoveries show otherwise. Over the past two centuries, archaeologists have made thousands of discoveries that have helped to verify the exact truthfulness of the Bible's detailed records of various events, customs, persons, cities, nations, and geographical locations. This video by Charlie Campbell will introduce you to several of these fascinating Bible-affirming finds, both old and new. Length: 53 minutes.

 

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SCROLLS & STONES: Compelling Evidence the Bible Can Be Trusted

Can we trust the Bible? Isn’t the Bible just “ancient fiction” written by fallible, perhaps even deceitful men? Haven’t books of the Bible been lost and even tampered with down through the centuries? Isn’t the Bible out-of- sync with scientific discoveries? What about the apparent contradictions in the Bible? What makes the Bible any different than the Hindu Vedas, Quran, or Book of Mormon?  Charlie Campbell has been researching answers to questions like these for nearly twenty-five years. It was his initial research that led him to become a follower of Jesus in 1990. In Scrolls & Stones he shares some of the evidence that changed his mind back then but also fascinating new discoveries...all confirming the reliability of the Bible. You’ll learn about:

•  Extrabiblical Historical Sources that Verify Biblical Events
•  Scientific Discoveries Archaeological Evidence
•  Fulfilled Prophecies
•  Ancient Scrolls and Manuscripts
•  Answers to Skeptics’ Objections and Questions
•  Questions for further reflection and small group discussion
•  Full subject index

 

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ANSWERS TO ATHEISTS' ATTACKS ON JESUS

When it comes to Jesus, atheists commonly say: 

•  There’s no credible evidence Jesus existed
•  The authors of the Gospels stole their ideas for Jesus’ life from other ancient religions
•  The earliest Christians didn’t believe Jesus was God
•  The Gospels contradict one another
•  There are scientific errors in the Gospels
•  The “Gospel of Thomas” and the “Gospel of Judas” give us a more accurate understanding of who Jesus was
•  Accounts of Jesus’ miracles are fabrications

Charlie Campbell, an author and Christian apologist, responds to these charges and lays out a compelling case that Jesus really did exist and the Gospels are trustworthy accounts of His life. Length: 52 minutes.

 

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ARCHAEOLOGICAL EVIDENCE FOR THE BIBLE: Exciting Discoveries Verifying Persons, Places and Events in the Bible

This book explores dozens of archaeological discoveries that have confirmed the trustworthiness of the Bible. You'll learn not only about the discoveries and their bearing on the reliability of the Bible, but also what the critics used to say before the discovery was made. Packed with approximately 90 photographs. 150 pages. 

Old Testament discoveries and topics include: the Genesis Flood, Israelites in Egypt, the Exodus, Jericho, Child Sacrifice to Molech, David, the Philistines, Nineveh, Hezekiah's Tunnel, Nebuchadnezzar, and more. 

New Testament discoveries and topics include: Herod the Great, John the Baptist, the Pool Bethesda, the Synagogue in Capernaum, Caiaphas, Pontius Pilate, Crucifixion in the first century, Rolling Tomb Stones, Jesus Christ, Persons and Places Mentioned by Luke, and more! Available in full colorblack and white, and Spanish full color. 


Is your teen prepared to survive college and a secular workplace with his or her faith still intact? Many teens are not. ABR has heard from so many parents whose kids have walked away from the Lord after heading off to college. And the parents consistently say, "We wish we would have done more to expose our kids to good Christian apologetics and evidences." You probably know the importance of apologetics. You want your kids to be prepared to stand against the onslaught of skepticism they will be confronted with in the world. But where does one begin? What subjects are the most important to address? What authors and resources can I trust? What resources will my teen be able to grasp and enjoy? If you’ve been wondering about these kinds of questions, ABR is excited to let you know that help has arrived. Learn more here.

 

 

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EVIDENCE FOR GOD: Reasons to Believe from Cosmology, Biology, Philosophy, History and the Bible

Did the universe just pop into being from "literally nothing," as Richard Dawkins and other prominent atheists say? Did human beings with 206 bones and nearly 700 muscles come into being by unguided natural causes? Searching out answers to questions like these led Charlie Campbell to abandon his atheism in 1990. In this DVD, he shares some of the evidence from cosmology, biology, philosophy, history, and the Bible that changed his mind. If you have doubts about God, watch this with an open mind! Length: 68 minutes.