A Short History of Christianity / Edition 1

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"Worshipped by 2 billion Christians worldwide, Jesus Christ is arguably the most famous human being ever. Yet grasping the vast story of his followers over the last 2,000 years can be a dizzying, difficult task." In A Short History of Christianity Stephen Tomkins takes readers on a journey through the key stages of Christian development, covering the people, the events, the movements, and the controversies of the church. Tomkins deals with the well-known (Augustine, Martin Luther), the unique (Simeon Stylites, the people's crusade, the Muggletonians), and the recent (Karl Barth, John Paul II, the Toronto blessing). His Short History of Christianity is sure to inform a broad range of readers.
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Despite its title, this book is not, strictly speaking, a history of Christianity. Instead, Tomkins (John Wesley: A Biography) offers the story of Christianity in narrative form, from its beginnings to the election of Pope Benedict XVI in April 2005. The book is structured into four parts-"As It Was in the Beginning," "The Rise of Rome," "The Reformation," and "Globalization"-and written for a broad, general audience in a style that assumes no knowledge of but rather an interest in Christianity, given its pervasive influence in Western civilization. Tomkins hopes to bring the story of Christianity alive by highlighting its heroes and villains, its highpoints and low points, and its major theological and doctrinal controversies. The result is in part a search for identity, since Christianity has thoroughly permeated the Western cultural institutions that shape all of us, whether Christian or not. Unfortunately, this work seems less an example of solid scholarship than a reflective personal essay, with no footnotes or bibliography, with weaknesses that include authorial biases in the selection and explanation of material. In addition, there are not a few incorrect facts in the review copy. Not recommended.-Pius Charles Murray, Boston Univ. Sch. of Theology Lib. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802833822
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 6/9/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 347,862
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 As it was in the beginning
Pt. 2 The rise of Rome
Pt. 3 The Reformation
Pt. 4 Globalisation
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