Review Thursday: Kito Reviews Chapters in Philippine Church History

Posted: January 20, 2011 in Review Thursday
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For history buffs out there, blogger Kito Espiritu does a chapter by chapter review of Chapters in Philippine Church History, edited by Anne Kwentes. You can click here for the full review.


Chapters In Philippine Church History will help you catch glimpses of our Christian past and present. It’s not a textbook, but a compilation of essays that will acquaint you with different movements and people whose contributions make Filipino Christianity what it is today.
Chapters is a product of interfaith ecumenism, which has its pros and cons.
Pros – You get a much broader view of Christian history. For Filipino Evangelicals, this means understanding (perhaps even sympathizing) with the experiences of our friends from the Roman Catholic Church, the Iglesia Ni Christo, and other groups. I think this fosters respect and love for those with whom we may vehemently disagree with. It also checks any exaggerated ideas we may have about them.
Cons – We Filipino Evangelicals have difficulty understanding each other, and it takes even more effort to understand those of other faiths. We’re trained (rightly so) to think doctrinally, so it may be a little frustrating at first to read ecumenically-oriented works.
I think the benefits we can derive from reading Chapters In Philippine Church History far outweigh the challenges that we may have to deal with along the way. In short, I recommend the book.
Click here for the full review

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