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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 SilenceA 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.
- Joseph Murphy
Comprehensive text An auspicious endever, collecting not only the historical evelution of the church, but also Christian “prehistory”.
LibraryThing Review Monumental review of everything you wanted to know about Christianity.
LibraryThing Review Diarmaid MacCulloch must be a walking encyclopedia. In Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years, he has written a thousand page behemoth which covers (as the subtitle suggests), three millennia of
LibraryThing Review This book is a real tour de force. It requires real discipline to go through it, as it is not an easy read. The breadth of material that he has covered is stupendous. This is not an easy history, and
LibraryThing Review MacCulloch makes reading exhaustive history exhilarating rather than exhausting, and although everyone will have a favourite nit to pick – mine being the dubious treatment of Hegel, and the absence of
LibraryThing Review Compelling book, placing Christianity in broad world historical context. Requires a great deal of patience to read to the end. That may be because the disputes, even over language, within Christianity
LibraryThing Review 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
LibraryThing Review Starts with the development of Jewish religion in the thousand years prior to Jesus’s life and ministry, and also the rise of Greece and Rome that so shaped the religion that grew up afterwards. It
LibraryThing Review Diarmaid presents a very exhaustive look into the history of Christianity. This is a must read for any amateur Christian historian as it is full of wonderfully researched details of all the various
Monks, the Pope, and the Origins of the Crusades: A Selection from Christianity (Penguin Tracks)
A fascinating history of the growth in monastic and papal power that preceded the Crusades excerpted from Diarmaid MacCulloch s award winning New York Times bestseller Christianity The First Three Thousand Years A product of electrifying scholarship conveyed with commanding skill Diarmaid MacCulloch s Christianity The First Three Thousand Years stretches from the Greek Platonists and the origins of the Hebrew Bible to the present and encompasses the globe In this excerpt MacCulloch chronicles the rise of monasteries like the great Cluny Abbey which formed orders that reached across secular kingdoms enjoying exclusive papal privileges and encouraging their followers to make pilgrimages among towering cathedrals and far flung shrines Meanwhile the introduction of the tithe expanding control over marriage and a new emphasis on Purgatory brought penitent parishioners even closer to the Church and dependent on ministry By the time Pope Urban II launched the First Crusade the practice of indulgences had made possible his grant that all who died in a state of repentance and confession while fighting would gain immediate entry into heaven Holy War spawned whole new orders most famously the Knights Templar and the Knights Hospitaller as soldiers from across Europe joined the campaigns of conquest toward Jerusalem The many causes and consequences of these clashes between Christianity and Islam are captured here in illuminating detail with elegance and wit Diarmaid MacCulloch s latest book Silence A Christian History is available from Viking
All Things Made New: The Reformation and Its Legacy
The most profound characteristic of Western Europe in the Middle Ages was its cultural and religious unity a unity secured by a common alignment with the Pope in Rome and a common language Latin for worship and scholarship The Reformation shattered that unity and the consequences are still with us today In All Things Made New Diarmaid MacCulloch author of the New York Times bestseller Christianity The First Three Thousand Years examines not only the Reformation s impact across Europe but also the Catholic Counter Reformation and the special evolution of religion in England revealing how one of the most turbulent bloody and transformational events in Western history has shaped modern society The Reformation may have launched a social revolution MacCulloch argues but it was not caused by social and economic forces or even by a secular idea like nationalism it sprang from a big idea about death salvation and the afterlife This idea that salvation was entirely in God s hands and there was nothing humans could do to alter his decision ended the Catholic Church s monopoly in Europe and altered the trajectory of the entire future of the West By turns passionate funny meditative and subversive All Things Made New takes readers onto fascinating new ground exploring the original conflicts of the Reformation and cutting through prejudices that continue to distort popular conceptions of a religious divide still with us after five centuries This monumental work from one of the most distinguished scholars of Christianity writing today explores the ways in which historians have told the tale of the Reformation why their interpretations have changed so dramatically over time and ultimately how the contested legacy of this revolution continues to impact the world today
History of the Christian Church
Since publication of the first edition in 1918 A History of the Christian Church by Williston Walker has enjoyed outstanding success and recognition as a classic in the field Written by an eminent theologian it combines in its narrative a rare blend of clarity unity and balance In light of significant advances in scholarship in recent years extensive revisions have been made to this fourth edition Three scholars from Union Theological Seminary in New York have incorporated new historical discoveries and provided fresh interpretations of various periods in church history from the first century to the twentieth The result is a thoroughly updated history which preserves the tenor and structure of Walker s original unparalleled text
The First Thousand Years
This sweeping history begins with the life of Jesus and narrates the remarkable story of Christianity as it unfolded over the next thousand years Unique in its global scope the book encompasses the vast geographical span of early Christianity from the regions around the Mediterranean Sea through the Middle East and beyond to central Asia India and China Robert Louis Wilken beloved professor and renowned author selects people and events of particular importance in Christian history to bring into focus the full drama of the new religion s development The coming of Christianity he demonstrates set in motion one of the most profound revolutions the world has known DIVWilken tracks the growth of Christian communities around the ancient world and shows how the influence of Christianity led not only to the remaking of cultures but also to the creation of new civilizations He explores the powerful impact of the rise and spread of Islam on Christianity and devotes several chapters to the early experiences of Christians under Muslim rule in the Middle East Egypt north Africa and Spain By expanding the telling of Christian history to encompass perspectives beyond just those of the West Wilken highlights how interactions with new peoples and languages changed early Christian practices even as the shared rituals of Christian people bound them in spiritual unity despite their deep cultural differences div