Charting church history from a Presbyterian perspective – or, what happens when church history is really misunderstood

Many people expressed deep appreciation last week for my (insert superlative here) chart on church history from a Baptist perspective. Indeed, it was almost universally accepted as the only true depiction of church history.

I say almost because Jason Goroncy has demonstrated unequaled audacity by producing his own chart on church history from a Presbyterian perspective.

Now, I’ll be the first to admit that his chart is prettier and offers more detail than mine. And starting off with “Jesus MacGod” was brilliant. Nonetheless, he has an obviously skewed understanding of church history. Someday I’ll have to share the Gospel with him so that he can become one of the faithful too.

Here’s what he came up with.


About Marc Cortez

Theology Prof and Dean at Western Seminary, husband, father, & blogger, who loves theology, church history, ministry, pop culture, books, and life in general.

Posted on January 26, 2011, in Church History and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. Thanks Marc for the inspiration.

    • I’d like to point out that I at least didn’t list Presbyterianism under the “heresy” category. You at least got to be included in the “sadly misled non-Baptist” group. On your chart, I’m a fourth generation heretic!

      Of course, now that I think about it, that’s entirely possible.

  2. … and the coolest thing is that we both end up in the same place, i.e., at ‘my’ church 😉

  3. Marc, that’s simply because, as a Baptist, you lack any real theological discernment 😉

    Only fourth generation? Like I said, such charts demand regular updating.

  4. My greatgram had one of the very first charts…and it was ‘the Brethren’! Darby, Kelly (gee one my middle name, and one my last) that’s apostolic! lol

  5. I’m just wondering whose church, Jason’s church “Reformed?” 😉

  6. The best part of this chart? Cat lovers are anathematized.

  7. Michael Fletcher

    I love cats.

    • I almost deleted this comment for obscenity. But, I’ll let it pass this time. 🙂

      • How do I respond to that 🙂

        Personally, I find the charts (both of them) very humorous and figured I fit in the category of “cat-lover”…in fact, my kitty, Soma, is sitting right next to me as I type.

        In all seriousness, seeing unity in the church is one of my greatest passions and/or pursuits. Do I know what unity will look like? Nope. But I do know that in heaven we are one and we are told to pray “your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.” God wants us to be unified.

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