The Lost History of Christianity: The Thousand-Year Golden Age of the Church in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia--and How It Diedby John Philip Jenkins
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The Lost History of Christianity by Philip Jenkins offers a revolutionary view of the history of the Christian church. Subtitled “The Thousand-Year Golden Age of the Church in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia—and How It Died,” it explores the extinction of the earliest, most influential Christian churches of China, India, and the Middle East, which held the closest historical links to Jesus and were the dominant expression of Christianity throughout its first millennium. The remarkable true story of the demise of the institution that shaped both
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Philip Jenkins is the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of History and Religious Studies at Penn State. His book The Next Christendom was named one of the top religion books of 2002.
Reader of over 400 audiobooks, Dick Hill has won three coveted Audie awards and been nominated numerous times. He is also the recipient of several AudioFile Earphones Awards. AudioFile includes Dick on their prestigious list of "Golden Voices."
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I found this to be an enlightening book for those interested in early Christian history, especially of Christian communities that spread East rather than West into Europe. The history of divisions within the early Christian movement, their respective influence on geographical regions and other religious traditions, the historical influences and events leading to the near destruction of the largest Christian communities, and how understanding this ebb and flow of religious fervor and conviction can be seen to be operating in modern Christianity's ebb and flow worldwide are well discussed.
In this thought provoking book on the disappearance of Christianity in certain parts of the Middle East, Africa and other parts of the world is a wonderful read. The author fills in Christian history that is missing from Church history books (at least the one that I studied in seminary) and makes one think about God's timing in the course of history.
Throught that book was well written but would have liked to have more depth in the discussion about patriarchs of the East.
What a surprise this book was--I expected difficult intellectual boring book and got the most rewarding surprise. It is easy to read but totally scholastic and documented. I learned so many things and was reminded of many I had forgotten. It is a must-read for any christian who thinks they know something about our history. And it is so very relevent to our frustration with muslim/islam relations in the middle east and now almost every country worldwide. I am inspired and excited to have visited so many places referred to --I just wish I had read the book first. I leave for Syria and Turkey in afew weeks and feel like this book has prepared me better than the two guide books I have read!!!!
Since the NT Book of Acts focuses on the expansion of the Gospel into the Mediterranean and Europe few know about the spread of Christianity into Africa, Asia and the East. Jenkins also uses a term i've never heard before, "Crypto-Christianity" which reveals how some Christian minorities still survive after millennia of persecution.