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Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years
     

Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years

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by Diarmaid MacCulloch
 

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The definitive history of Christianity for our time.

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 human history and fills in often neglected accounts of conversion and confrontation in

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Christianity 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 87 reviews.
CanonDale More than 1 year ago
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.
Richbourg More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
CWL73 More than 1 year ago
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.
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Michael Davis More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyable and enlightening. Excellent read and more thorough than the BBC documentary.
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The content of the book seems excellent. Except it is not all there on the NOOK version.
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