Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years

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Penguin Publishing Group, 2011 - Religion - 1184 pages
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The New York Times bestseller and definitive history of Christianity for our time—from 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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Very detailed and comprehensive.

User Review  - mark -

This is a very comprehensive history of the development of Christianity. The reader will probably have heard of and know something about the major players mentioned, but there are a great number of ... Read full review

Well written, but entirely from human perspective

User Review  - Jan Willem -

The book is well written, accessible, and "lege artis" historically. But it is written entirely from the human perspective: humans invented the Jewish history, humans wrote the bible, humans invented ... Read full review

About the author (2011)

Diarmaid Macculloch is the author of The Reformation, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Thomas Cranmer, winner of the Whitbread and Duff Cooper prizes. The son of an Anglican pastor, he is Professor of the History of the Church at Oxford University and a celebrated presenter of his own TV series.

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