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Mullin (modern Anglican studies, General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church) condenses two millennia of Christianity's sociological progress and change into a readable volume that, despite its brevity, conveys the essential details of Christianity's major and even many of its fringe groups. His inclusion of Asian, African, Hispanic, and female perspectives throughout ensures a true global history. Mullin reflects on modern scholarly perspectives regarding various aspects of church history, e.g., how Christianity formed, the 19th-century missionary movement, and the current struggles with modern and postmodern realities. Unfortunately, he purposefully forgoes notes and a bibliography in favor of a few selected readings. Overall, the book will appeal to students and armchair historians seeking a better grasp of why, not just how, Christianity transformed the world and how Christianity itself was transformed through the centuries. Comparable to Martin E. Marty's The Christian World: A Global History, it is suitable for academic and larger public libraries.