Unlike many religions, Christianity has firm historical roots, supported by multiple historical sources and archaeological evidence. There is a desperate need for a generation of believers who understand the growth of the church, the development of key doctrines, the battles against various heretics and the struggles that believers faced to defend and share the gospel across the ages- many attacks on the faith (from the cults, atheists and followers of other religions) could be easily refuted with a solid grounding in Church history, yet this vital discipline is often overlooked by the majority of Christians who believe it has no place in our hi-tech ultra modern context. Nothing could be further from the truth…. an understanding of church history is in fact a vital tool for any apologist for the faith.