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Resources providing historical information as well as spiritual encouragement from the history of the church, the Body of Christ, in contrast with the "church" of the religious system.

The Ancient History of Universalism: From the Time of the Apostles, to the Era of the Reformation (#1155) by Hosea Ballou 2nd (1796-1861). This classic work traces the early history of those who believed in the eventual salvation of all (sometime referred to as a “Universtalist.”) “The work is one of decided ability, and is written with great candor and a careful examination of authorities.” Dr. Edward Beecher (1803-1895). (fc) paperback, 330 pages $21.95

I Will Have One Doctrine and One Discipline: The Influence of Religion and Politics on the King James Bible (#6230) by Ross Purdy. A brief but insightful overview of the history surrounding the publication of the King James Version of 1611. ISBN: 9781934251089 -- 148pp. PB $14.95

Josephus and the Bible (#2091) by A. J. Pollock. It has largely escaped the notice of Christians at the present time that such a history exists as that of Flavius Josephus. Further, the few, who do know of its existence, are largely unaware how very providential it is, that such a history, written by a Jew, living in Palestine at the time when the incidents of our Lord’s life were largely known, is available. Later on Josephus was an eye-witness of the horrors that marked the siege of Jerusalem under Vespasian, the Roman general, and the destruction of the Temple by Titus, and has written an account of these terrible happenings in great detail. Paperback. 32 pages. (fc) $4.95
Modern History of Universalism: Extending from the Epoch of the Reformation to the Present Time (#1193) by Thomas Whittemore (1800-1861). This is Volume 1 (the 1860 expanded European portion of the 1830 Edition). The Modern History of Universalism was among Whittemore’s most important works. It was designed to be the companion work to The first edition was published in 1830. It deals with Universalist developments from the Protestant Reformation in Europe and then in America. Over the next thirty years Whittemore greatly expanded this history. In 1860 he published the first of what was to be a two-volume set. This first volume deals with European developments from the time of the Reformation. A second volume was to deal with American developments. He died a year later leaving the second volume unfinished. The 1830 single-volume edition remains the only current source of his work extending into the American history of Universalism. Volume 1 of the 1860 edition is a tremendous expansion of the European content contained in the 1830 edition. An avid student of Universalist history would require both the 1830 and 1860 editions. (fc) paperback, 408 pages $23.95
Pagan Christianity: Exploring the Roots of Our Church Practices (#3106) by Frank Viola & George Barna. Have you ever wondered why we Christians do what we do for church every Sunday morning? Have you ever asked yourself any of the following questions: Why do we "dress up" for church? Why does the pastor preach a sermon every Sunday? Why do we have pulpits and pews? Why do we have church buildings, steeples, choirs, and seminaries? Where did these things come from? This book proposes that most of what we Christians do in our churches has no root in the Scriptures! It rather has its origin in pagan culture. As shocking as that sounds, Viola proves his point by documenting every claim he makes. Fully footnoted, Pagan Christianity is the first book ever penned that documents the entire story of our modern church practices. If you are a Christian who is content with status quo "churchianity," then you will not want to read this book. It is reserved for those who are ready to embark on an eye-opening venture that challenges every aspect of their church experience.  Revised, Expanded, 293 page. Paperback. $17.95

Plowboy’s Bible, The: God’s Word for Common Man (#4425) by Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr. Shocking conclusions from the man that brought you The King James Bible Song. This book represents years of study and a significant change in understanding. Raised on and trained in a “King James Only” position, most of the author’s teaching ministry was centered on the defense of the KJV. He had early associations with major proponents of this position and their followers. He actively taught classes and seminars on the subject of Bible versions. For many years he distributed thousands of books from a collection of over 100 different titles in support of the KJV position. Here he shares what he has come to see that has caused him to completely abandon his former position. 254pp PB $19.95
Universalism: The Prevailing Doctrine of the Christian Church - During the First Five Hundred Years (#1230) by J.W. (John Wesley) Hanson (1823-1901). (fc) paperback, 328 pages. $22.95


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