The history of the Christian testimony is an immensely interesting and instructive subject. While there's no substitute for study of the scriptures and good teaching, Christian history is a profitable subject for any believer to take up. As believers, in a certain sense we can say that it's our history - more so than the history of our particular country of birth or our culture. The Church existed in the counsel, plans and purposes of God before time was. That being the case, its history is longer than any of the nations, cultures of institutions of man. Not all of us are interested in history, or have the leisure to spend reading, or even enjoy reading. While there's a good deal of literature online these days, many of us wouldn't know where to begin when researching a particular topic. That being the case, I thought it might be good to start some general discussion of the history of the Christian testimony - beginning, say, with John the Baptist, up until the present day. I don't know what format this should take, so I'm just putting the idea out there. My initial idea would be for people to post historical questions or topics which could then be answered or contributed to by others. I should say at the outset that I want to avoid controversy. This is not intended to be a source of argument or contention over historical doctrinal differences; rather a review of the historically established facts, which we can all make our own judgements about. What do they brethren think?