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Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

MacCulloch's Christianity Superb

I regularly teach Christian history at my parish. I am now urging anyone wishing to have a one volume history whi is lively, entertaining, brialliant, well organized, and highly useful, to get MacCulloch's work.
MacCulloch is a well known English Reformation scholar w...
I regularly teach Christian history at my parish. I am now urging anyone wishing to have a one volume history whi is lively, entertaining, brialliant, well organized, and highly useful, to get MacCulloch's work.
MacCulloch is a well known English Reformation scholar whose Thomas Cranmer is now the standard work on the subject. He sympathetically yet critically put forward this pivotal archbishop and litugist while describing how he stayed alive in highly dangerous times. Cranmer finally was martyred under Queen Mary.
MacCulloch also has written a fine book on the European Reformation itself, again a brilliant overview of this crucial period for the Christian Church and Western Civilization.
Now he outdoes himself in this over arching history from 1000 years before Christ, through Christianity's 2000 history. His providing a balanced understanding of the Western as well as the eastern Church will greatly inform scholars and those reading for general knowledge of the huge subject.
His writing is crisp, clear, and articulate, as well as droll.
Altogether a fascinating read.

posted by CanonDale on May 5, 2010

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3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

CAUTION The NOOKbook is incomplete

The content of the book seems excellent. Except it is not all there on the NOOK version.

posted by philoso4 on March 15, 2011

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    MacCulloch's Christianity Superb

    I regularly teach Christian history at my parish. I am now urging anyone wishing to have a one volume history whi is lively, entertaining, brialliant, well organized, and highly useful, to get MacCulloch's work.
    MacCulloch is a well known English Reformation scholar whose Thomas Cranmer is now the standard work on the subject. He sympathetically yet critically put forward this pivotal archbishop and litugist while describing how he stayed alive in highly dangerous times. Cranmer finally was martyred under Queen Mary.
    MacCulloch also has written a fine book on the European Reformation itself, again a brilliant overview of this crucial period for the Christian Church and Western Civilization.
    Now he outdoes himself in this over arching history from 1000 years before Christ, through Christianity's 2000 history. His providing a balanced understanding of the Western as well as the eastern Church will greatly inform scholars and those reading for general knowledge of the huge subject.
    His writing is crisp, clear, and articulate, as well as droll.
    Altogether a fascinating read.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2010

    Shockingly blunt and informative.

    Of all the history books which I have read on this subject, this one is thoroughly and minutely detailed which ends up being enlightening to the nth degree.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2011

    CAUTION The NOOKbook is incomplete

    The content of the book seems excellent. Except it is not all there on the NOOK version.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2010

    An intellectual tour de force!

    A marvelously written intellectual history of the world. The pages from the beginning are replete with intellectual giants engaged in thoughtful discourse with the same intellectual vigor that we recognize from some current sources. And then there are a larger number of thugs, schemers, murderers, and narcissists who bring us back to earth.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2013

    Unbiased, objective history.

    The author chronicles Christian history from the very beginning. It isn't pro-Christian, nor is it critical of the Church - it just tells a narrative, introducing us to Saints and heretics, great theologians and nutjobs, etc. His goal is to teach history, not theology.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    If Church history is interesting to you, a must-read.

    Well written, honest, academically rigorous, and - at times - humorous. He has a bit of an agenda, but is up front and honest about it. Obviously not for everybody, but I loved it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2011

    Not satisfied

    I wish the author of this book kept more of his focus on telling actual history than wasting so much space giving his interpretation of the reasons why everything happened the way they did. I´ve read an awful lot of "it seems" which followed by the author´s biased opinions, and even when he pretends to care for the actual reasons the people involved in the events he relates did what they did, he still tries to interpret those and has to have the last word. While this book is definitely full of useful and rich information i didn´t find it an enjoyable reading.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 12, 2011

    Staggering Disappointment

    Rarely has a scholar shown that he knew so much yet understood so little.

    MacCullough claims that "Most Christians did not want to be enemies of the Roman Empire..." (p. 92), ignoring the savagely anti-Roman final book of the New Testament (The Book of Revelation) as well as Rome's three centuries of hunting down Christians as "public enemies."

    The "common property" of the first Jerusalem community as described in Acts is dismisssed as something that "is unlikely to have happened," (pp. 119-120), ignoring the fact that Luke asserts the contrary not once but twice in Acts, and casting aside the unanimous testimony of the Church Fathers regarding the rejection of private property.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2015

    The Annoyed Christians...

    This book isn't to feed your illogical belief. It is meant to teach the history, not theology. If you were looking for the best subjective and biased book in your religion, maybe try the Bible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    good book but two biased

    Its a good read but thought more opinion than facts at times. Some of his conclusions are down right absurd flying in the face of history. Thought Owen Chadwick and Paul Johnson did a much better history. Thought at times author was writing more of an agenda than a history. Its not awful but disappointing.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2012

    A Christians perspective on this book.

    The authors motive is clear. To discredit the divine christian message. His disgrace to the deciples is clear and even, as he calls the Jewish Prophet, Jesus Christ who by the way is the Son of God.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 11, 2012

    Tough Read

    This one's really long and boring and isn't straight to the point - not a very leisurely read. However for the facts it has, it is good - I wish there was less of the author's opinion however, since he doesn't understand many things as much as I wished - for him to explain it more comprehensively.

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  • Posted August 14, 2011

    Wow! Homerun!!

    Thoroughly enjoyable and enlightening. Excellent read and more thorough than the BBC documentary.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 29, 2010

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    Excellent History

    Thorough and learned.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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