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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Alvin James Schmidt  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: 1932 in Waldersee, Manitoba, Canada

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Dr. Alvin Schmidt retired in 1999 as a professor of sociology at Illinois College, Jacksonville, Il.

Biographical and Professional Information

Alvin Schmidt was a former member of Canada's Royal Canadian Mounted Police, holds a divinity degree from Concordia Theological Seminary has both an M.A and Ph.D. degrees in sociology and has taught at colleges and universities in Nebraska, North Carolina, Indiana, Illinois, and Canada


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Titles At Your Library

Oligarchy in fraternal organizations;: A study in organizational leadership
ISBN: B0006C9B84

Gale Research Co. 1973

Fraternal Organizations
ISBN: B000OTPZKW

Greenwood Press. 1980

MENACE OF MULTICULTURALISM
ISBN: B000ORAXEW

Praeger Publishers. 1997

Under the Influence: How Christianity Transformed Civilization
ISBN: 0310236371

Zondervan. 2001

Western civilization is becoming increasingly pluralistic, secularized, and biblically illiterate. Many people today have little sense of how their lives have benefited from Christianity’s influence, often viewing the church with hostility or resentment.Under the Influence is a topically arranged Christian history for Christians and non-Christians. Grounded in solid research and written in a popular style, this book is both a helpful apologetic tool in talking with unbelievers and a source of evidence for why Christianity deserves credit for many of the humane, social, scientific, and cultural advances in the Western world in the last 2,000 years. Photographs and timelines enhance each chapter.Some unrecognized contributions of Christianity include: * Bringing sanctity to human life by opposing the Greco-Roman practices of abortion, infanticide, child abandonment, and suicide * Raising the level of sexual morality and giving dignity to family life * Giving freedom and dignity to women * First founding hospitals in the 4th century * Originating universities and higher education * Bringing dignity and honor to labor * Spawning and developing modern science * First condemning slavery and inspiring its abolition * Producing major contributions to art, architecture, music, and literature

How Christianity Changed the World
ISBN: 0310264499

Zondervan. 2004

Western civilization is becoming increasingly pluralistic, secularized, and biblically illiterate. Many people today have little sense of how their lives have benefited from Christianity’s influence, often viewing the church with hostility or resentment. How Christianity Changed the World is a topically arranged Christian history for Christians and non-Christians. Grounded in solid research and written in a popular style, this book is both a helpful apologetic tool in talking with unbelievers and a source of evidence for why Christianity deserves credit for many of the humane, social, scientific, and cultural advances in the Western world in the last two thousand years. Photographs, timelines, and charts enhance each chapter. This edition features questions for reflection and discussion for each chapter.

Great Divide: Failure of Islam and Triumph of the West
ISBN: 1928653197

Regina Orthodox Press,Csi. 2004

Documents from reliable historical sources the chasm-wide differences between the Western world and the world of Islam using Islam's Koran. Contrasts the teaching of religion and the differing religous practices of the east and west and their results in day-to-day living.


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