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In this single absorbing volume, the noted historian and religious scholar Roland Bainton offers a comprehensive, critical portrait of Christianity from its beginnings two thousand years ago to the modern day. From Christ's lowly birth in a stable to the rise of cathedrals and kings, from Roman soliders to Fanciscan monks to Puritans fleeing persecution to a new world across the sea, Bainton paints a rich history of a vast and varied people united by a singular belief. Illustrated with fifty black-and-white photographs, CHRISTIANITY is a perfect introduction for lay readers and a classic in its field.

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ISBN-13: 9780618056873
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 10/26/2009
Pages: 426
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.95(d)

Table of Contents

IBackgrounds of Christianity6
IIThe Ministry of Christ32
IIIThe Church in an Alien World46
IVThe Christian Roman Empire86
VConversion of the Barbarians114
VIThe Search for Order144
VIIMedieval Christendom168
VIIIDecline of the Papacy204
IXAn Age of Reformation230
XWars of Religion276
XIA Century of Enlightenment318
XIIChristianity in the Modern Age344
Picture Credits393

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Bainton excels in giving the reader a wealth of historical knowledge in a format that is easy to read. His biography of Luther is outstanding, and I regret that Bainton never wrote anything on John Wesley, other than the material in this book, Christianity. In this extensive history Bainton gives an objective account of the Christian religion and all the various forms it has taken throughout the ages from the time of Christ to the 20th century. Lessons to be learned from the past are to be found in these pages.