Faith & Social Justice: In the spirit of Richard Overton and the 17th C. Levellers

Church History in 4 Minutes

As Disciples pastor, fellow blogger, and church historian Bob Cornwall notes, the video has a Protestant and U.S. bias. I noticed nothing on the African church past Augustine and nothing on Asia or Latin America at all. But this is still cool to the tune of Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire.”

UPDATE: Janet of Quoth the Maven created this video in honor of her pastor, Mark Brewer, who preached a 21 week sermon series on church history.  She gives the lyrics here:

http://quoththemaven.blogspot.com/2009/10/church-history-in-4-minutes-lyrics.html  She admits to changing the order of a couple of events to make lyrics that rhyme.  One niggling tidbit from my professor side:  The Swiss Reformer’s name was Huldyich or Ulrich Zwingli, not Erlich Zwingle.  But this is amazing  and quite the treat.  I am going to send it to my old church history professor, Bill Leonard, because he is a big advocate of preaching using church history and even wrote The Word of God Across the Ages to help facilitate that process.

October 5, 2009 - Posted by | arts, church history


  1. I made this video as a gift for our senior pastor after he finished a 21 week sermon series on church history…By and large, it reflects the topics he covered in his sermons (for instance, for the 20th century, he focused on the intellectual and spiritual ramifications of the teachings of Darwin, Marx and Freud) — as well as the need to find rhymes…. Glad to see other people are enjoying it, too!

    Thanks for the repost!–


    Comment by Janet | October 5, 2009

  2. Janet, thanks for making the video. I don’t know how long Youtube will let it stay up, but I have told many people about it and shared it on Facebook as well as here.

    I’m really impressed–though I had to wonder about Zwingli and Calvin appearing before Luther! 🙂

    Could you send a text of the lyrics so that those of us who are interested can try to match all the allusions to the images?

    Comment by Michael Westmoreland-White | October 6, 2009

  3. Ha!… Some things are a bit out of order to make the rhymes work, that sort of thing… And Luther sort of demanded the big emotional spot right before the chorus…

    I’m going to post lyrics on my blog in the next couple of days because quite a few people have been asking… Thanks!

    Comment by Janet | October 6, 2009

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