Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Mar 18, 2010 - Religion - 1216 pages
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The New York Times bestseller and definitive history of Christianity for our timeófrom the award-winning author of The Reformation and Silence

A product of electrifying scholarship conveyed with commanding skill, Diarmaid MacCulloch's Christianity goes back to the origins of the Hebrew Bible and encompasses the globe. It captures the major turning points in Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox history and fills in often neglected accounts of conversion and confrontation in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. MacCulloch introduces us to monks and crusaders, heretics and reformers, popes and abolitionists, and discover Christianity's essential role in shaping human history and the intimate lives of men and women. And he uncovers the roots of the faith that galvanized America, charting the surprising beliefs of the founding fathers, the rise of the Evangelical movement and of Pentecostalism, and the recent crises within the Catholic Church. Bursting with original insights and a great pleasure to read, this monumental religious history will not soon be surpassed.

  

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User Review  - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing

This is a rather astonishing overview of the history of Christianity. An ambitious subject to handle in one volume, and the author does a fine job as discussing the most disparate strands of this ... Read full review

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User Review  - KirkLowery - LibraryThing

This thousand page tome is excellent, with all the limitations of a single-volume work on such a large topic. The writing is excellent and the narrative coherent, but it is very dense. Don't expect ... Read full review

Contents

THE FARMERS WAR AND ZWINGLI
ANABAPTISTS AND HENRY VIII
STRASSBURG ENGLAND AND GENEVA 154060
REFORMED PROTESTANTS CONFESSIONALIZATION AND TOLERATION 15601660
THE THIRTY YEARS WAR AND BRITAIN
VALDESIANS AND JESUITS 15001540
REGENSBURG AND TRENT A CONTEST RESOLVED 154159
ENGLAND SPAIN AND THE MYSTICS

CRUCIFIXION AND RESURRECTION
PAUL OF TARSUS
THE GOSPEL OF JOHN AND REVELATION
THE JEWISH REVOLT AND THE END OF JERUSALEM
SHAPING THE CHURCH
GNOSTICISM MARCIONISM
CANON CREED MINISTRY CATHOLICITY
PROPHECY RENEWED AND SUPPRESSED
JUSTIN IRENAEUS TERTULLIAN
CLEMENT AND ORIGEN
THE CHURCH AND THE ROMAN EMPIRE 100200
THIRDCENTURY IMPERIAL CRISIS
FROM PERSECUTION TO PERSECUTION 250300
SYRIA ARMENIA
CONSTANTINE AND THE GOD OF BATTLES
THE BEGINNINGS OF MONASTICISM
CONSTANTINE ARIUS AND THE ONE GOD 30625
COUNCILS AND DISSIDENTS FROM NICAEA TO CHALCEDON
MIAPHYSITES AND NESTORIUS
MIAPHYSITE CHRISTIANITY AND ITS MISSIONS
THE CHRISTIANITY OF UNION
THE CHURCH OF THE EAST 451622
MUHAMMAD AND THE COMING OF ISLAM
ISLAM AND THE EAST
THE CHURCH IN CHINA
NEW HOPE AND CATASTROPHE
ISLAM AND THE AFRICAN CHURCHES
THE ROME OF THE POPES 300400
A RELIGION FIT FOR GENTLEMEN 300400
SHAPER OF THE WESTERN CHURCH
EARLY MONASTICISM IN THE WEST 400500
ROME BYZANTIUM AND OTHERS
MISSIONS IN NORTHERN EUROPE 500600
OBEDIENT ANGLOSAXONS AND OTHER CONVERTS 600800
CHARLEMAGNE CAROLINGIANS AND A NEW ROMAN EMPIRE 8001000
CLUNYS LEGACY
MARRIAGE CELIBACY AND UNIVERSAL MONARCHY
THE AGE OF THE CRUSADES 10601200
CISTERCIANS CARTHUSIANS AND MARY 11001200
THEOLOGY HERESY UNIVERSITIES 11001300
A PASTORAL REVOLUTION FRIARS AND THE FOURTH LATERAN COUNCIL 12001260
PHILOSOPHY AND FAITH
PERSONAL DEVOTION AFTER 1200
HAGIA SOPHIA
MAXIMUS AND THE MYSTICAL TRADITION
THE ICONOCLASTIC CONTROVERSY 726843
PHOTIOS AND NEW MISSIONS TO THE WEST 850900
CRISES AND CRUSADERS 9001200
THE FOURTH CRUSADE AND ITS AFTERMATH 12041300
ORTHODOX RENAISSANCE OTTOMANS AND HESYCHASM TRIUMPHANT 13001400
CHURCH UNION OTTOMAN CONQUEST 14001700
NORSEMEN RUS AND KIEV 9001240
TATARS LITHUANIA AND MUSCOVY 12401448
MUSCOVY TRIUMPHANT 14481547
IVAN THE TERRIBLE AND THE NEW PATRIARCHATE 154798
FROM MUSCOVY TO RUSSIA 15981800
THE CHURCH DEATH AND PURGATORY 13001500
PAPAL MONARCHY CHALLENGED 13001500
NOMINALISTS LOLLARDS AND HUSSITES 13001500
HUMANISM 13001500
REFORMING THE CHURCH IN THE LAST DAYS 1500
NEW BEGINNINGS?
A DOOR IN WITTENBERG
FRANCE AND POLANDLITHUANIA
SAINTS SPLENDOUR SEX AND WITCHES
THE WESTERN CHURCH EXPORTED
COUNTERREFORMATION IN A NEW WORLD
EMPIRES UNCONQUERED
THE BLIGHT OF THE SLAVE TRADE
PROTESTANTS AND AMERICAN COLONIZATION
THE FIGHT FOR PROTESTANT SURVIVAL 16601800
PIETISM AND THE MORAVIANS
METHODISM
THE GREAT AWAKENINGS AND THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
NATURAL AND UNNATURAL PHILOSOPHY 14921700
JUDAISM SCEPTICISM AND DEISM 14921700
SOCIAL WATERSHEDS IN THE NETHERLANDS AND ENGLAND 16501750
GENDER ROLES IN THE ENLIGHTENMENT
ENLIGHTENMENT IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
THE FRENCH REVOLUTION 17891815
A EUROPE OF NATIONSTATES
MARYS TRIUMPH AND THE CHALLENGE OF LIBERALISM
BIBLES AND FIRSTWAVE FEMINISM
SCHLEIERMACHER HEGEL AND THEIR HEIRS
BRITISH PROTESTANTISM AND THE OXFORD MOVEMENT
RUSSIA AND OTTOMAN DECAY
GEOLOGY BIBLICAL CRITICISM AND ATHEISM
A NEW CHRISTIAN TABOO
OCEANIA AND AUSTRALASIA
AN ISLAMIC OR A PROTESTANT CENTURY?
THE GREAT REBELLION AND THE LIMITS OF COLONIAL MISSION
CHINA KOREA JAPAN
THE NEW PROTESTANT EMPIRE
A WAR THAT KILLED CHRISTENDOM 191418
THE LAST YEARS OF CHRISTIAN EMPIRE
THE SECOND AGE OF CATHOLIC MISSIONS
THE SECOND WORLD WAR
ECUMENICAL BEGINNINGS
PENTECOSTALS AND NEW CHURCHES
HALF A REVOLUTION
CATHOLICS PROTESTANTS AND LIBERATION
A CULTURAL REVOLUTION FROM THE SIXTIES
AFFIRMATIONS
PROSPECTS AND FEARS
Introduction
A MILLENNIUM OF BEGINNINGS 1000 BCE100 CE
ONE CHURCH ONE FAITH ONE LORD? 4 BCE451 CE
VANISHING FUTURES EAST AND SOUTH 4511500
THE UNPREDICTABLE RISE OF ROME 3001300
ORTHODOXY THE IMPERIAL FAITH 4511800
WESTERN CHRISTIANITY DISMEMBERED 13001800
A House Divided 15171660
Romes Renewal 15001700
A Worldwide Faith 15001800
Protestant Awakenings 16001800
GOD IN THE DOCK 1492 PRESENT
GENERAL READING FOR ALL CHRISTIAN HISTORY
A MILLENNIUM OF BEGINNINGS 1000 BCE100 CE
ONE CHURCH ONE FAITH ONE LORD? 4 BCE 451 CE
VANISHING FUTURES EAST AND SOUTH 4511500
THE UNPREDICTABLE RISE OF ROME 3001300
ORTHODOXY THE IMPERIAL FAITH 4511800
WESTERN CHRISTIANITY DISMEMBERED 13001800
GOD IN THE DOCK 1492PRESENT
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About the author (2010)

Diarmaid MacCulloch is Professor of the History of the Church at Oxford University. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Silence: A Christian History; Christianity, winner of the Cundill Prize and the Hessell-Tiltman Prize; The Reformation, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Wolfson Prize, and the British Academy Prize; and Thomas Cranmer, winner of the Whitbread Prize, the James Tait Black Prize, and the Duff Cooper Prize. A Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Historical Society, MacCulloch was knighted in 2012 for his services to scholarship. He lives in Oxford, England.

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