A Short History of Christianity

A Short History of Christianity

by Stephen Tomkins
     
 

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Worshipped by 2 billion Christians worldwide, Jesus Christ is the most famous human being ever. Stephen Tomkins takes the reader on a enlightening and enjoyable journey through the key stages of Christian development, covering the people, the events, the movements, the controversies and the expansion of the Church in this lively 'warts and all' portrait. The book…  See more details below

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Worshipped by 2 billion Christians worldwide, Jesus Christ is the most famous human being ever. Stephen Tomkins takes the reader on a enlightening and enjoyable journey through the key stages of Christian development, covering the people, the events, the movements, the controversies and the expansion of the Church in this lively 'warts and all' portrait. The book begins with the life of Jesus before looking at the spread of the early church and the Roman Empire. Tomkins then continues the story of Christianity right up to the present day, including discussion of topics such as: the Eastern church, battles between East and West, the Reformation, the Counter-Reformation, the Enlightenment and the impact of science. The author also provides a snapshot of the worldwide church of the 21st century and explores the challenges it faces.

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Library Journal
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745957388
Publisher:
Lion Hudson
Publication date:
08/19/2005
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author


Stephen Tomkins is an experienced journalist who holds aPh.D. in church history from London School of Theology andis a contributing editor to the online humor magazineShip of Fools. He is also the author of Paul andHis World.

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