The Oxford Illustrated History of Christianity

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John McManners
Oxford University Press, Mar 15, 2001 - Religion - 736 pages
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This richly illustrated book tells the story of Christianity from its origins to the present day. Written by a team of scholars, all authorities in their fields, it spans 2000 years of colourful incident to give an uniquely authoritative history of Christianity for the general reader. Every aspect of the faith is explored. The introduction discusses Christian interpretations of the historical process, and the links and tensions between religious and artistic inspiration. The first section runs chronologically from the earliest Christian communities to 1800, and includes chapters on Eastern Christendom, Christianity and Islam, the Reformation, the Enlightenment, and the expansion of Christianity. The second section is divided by geographical area, and covers the period from 1800 to the present day. There are special studies of Britain and Europe, North America, South America, Africa, India, the Far East, and the Orthodox Churches of Eastern Europe. The final section 'Christianity Today and Tomorrow' considers questions of Christian theology, conscience and belief and explores new images of the Christian community, ending with a glimpse of the future of Christanity. Throughout, the book, reflects the changing world in which Christians have found themselves, and gives full weight to events and movements where the Christian response has been challenged and re-evaluated. There are over 350 illustrations, and 32 full colour plates, all specifically chosen to complement the broad-ranging text. Authoritative, comprehensive and highly readable, this book captures the richness and vitality of Christian art and thought in a wide variety of cultures and times.
  

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Review: The Oxford Illustrated History of Christianity (Oxford Illustrated Histories)

User Review  - Clayton Tinervin - Goodreads

The content of the book was great. It was an enjoyable and easy read, the illustrations are its highlight. As a survey of Church history it seemed light. But it is a sharp looking book, and as far as vanity goes, it looks fantastic on the shelf! Read full review

Review: The Oxford Illustrated History of Christianity (Oxford Illustrated Histories)

User Review  - Joshua - Goodreads

One of my favorite references when I am looking for a quick answer about a particular Church history question. Scholarly, but not overly in depth - the literary equivalent of a survey class. Read full review

Contents

Christian communities in 100 and the journeys of St Paul 145
14
The Early Christian Community
21
Christ in Majesty wall painting possibly fourth century from the catacomb
36
From Rome to the Barbarian Kingdoms 330700
62
The Roman world to c 6oo 867
87
The Age of Conversion 7001050
92
St Boniface from a Fulda massbook early eleventh century
100
Eastern Christendom
123
Christian Europe in 1490 on the eve of the expansion 3023
381
North America
384
Latin America
420
Africa
455
Christianity in Contemporary Africa
475
Asia
488
The Orthodox Churches of Eastern Europe
519
What Christians Believe
553

The Transfiguration of Christ c 1403 icon by Theopan the Greek
132
Christianity and Islam
163
Muhammad leads the prophets Abraham Moses and Jesus in prayer
164
Christian Civilization 10501400
196
Italy in the thirteenth century
208
The Late Medieval Church and its Reformation 14001600
233
Central Europe after the Reformation 16i8
270
Great Britain and Europe
341
New Images of Christian Community
572
The Christian Conscience
602
i9 The Future of Christianity
628
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
666
CHRONOLOGY
686
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS OF SOURCES
705
The Syon Cope c 1300 197
706
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John McManners is Emeritus Professor of Ecclesiastic History and Fellow and Chaplain of All Souls College, Oxford. An established authority in his field, he has written many popularly acclaimed books, including Death and the Enlightenment, which won Britain's Wolfson Literary Award for History and was chosen by The Times as one of the ten best non-fiction books of the year.

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