Essential Church History is an interesting, informative, and consistently readable narrative of the church. It brings to life central people and dramatic events that shaped the Christian religion-including the formation of the canon, the Arian controversy, the Crusades, and the Reformation period. Adam Murrell skillfully shows how the Bible, the believer's ultimate authority, must remain at the forefront in order for the church to be guided into truth. When that authority is abandoned or forsaken, however, the consequences are always devastating, as witnessed in the errors of Arianism, Pelagianism, holy wars, the moral bankruptcy of the medieval church, and liberal Protestantism. Essential Church History will serve as a fascinating introduction to the panoramic history of Christianity, all the while providing biblical truths for students and teachers of church history, for pastors, and for general readers.