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Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years

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10 out of 11 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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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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  • 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.

    10 out of 11 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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  • 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.

    1 out of 2 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.

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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.

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