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Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years

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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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2 out of 5 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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  • 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.

    2 out of 5 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 4 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 2 people found this review helpful.

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