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Diarmaid MacCulloch

A History Of Christianity

A History Of Christianity

Winner Of Cundill History Prize (2010)

Penguin Random House

ISBN: 9780141021898


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A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years by Diarmaid MacCulloch is a hefty tome that takes a comprehensive look at the development of Christianity from its inception to the contemporary era.

Written by English ecclesiastical historian Diarmaid MacCulloch, professor of the History of the Church at the University of Oxford, the book is a massive undertaking, clocking in at over 1100 pages. Yet, despite its length, reviewers praise the book's readability and engaging style.

Here's a closer look at what MacCulloch explores in his book:

  • Origins and Early Christianity: MacCulloch delves into the origins of Christianity, tracing its roots back to Judaism and the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. He explores the development of early Christian thought and practice, as well as the spread of Christianity throughout the Roman Empire.
  • The Rise of Catholicism: The book explores the rise of Catholicism as the dominant form of Christianity in Europe. MacCulloch discusses the development of Christian doctrine, the establishment of the Church hierarchy, and the role of the papacy.
  • The Middle Ages: MacCulloch examines the complex relationship between Christianity and society during the Middle Ages. He covers topics such as the Crusades, the rise of monasticism, and the challenges posed by the Reformation.
  • The Reformation and Protestantism: The book explores the Protestant Reformation, a 16th-century movement that led to a split within Christianity. MacCulloch discusses the key figures of the Reformation, such as Martin Luther and John Calvin, as well as the rise of Protestant denominations.
  • Christianity Around the World: MacCulloch goes beyond the history of Christianity in Europe and North America. He explores the spread of Christianity to other parts of the world, such as Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
  • Modern Christianity: The book concludes with a look at Christianity in the modern world. MacCulloch discusses the challenges and opportunities facing Christianity in the 21st century.

Here are some reasons why you might consider reading A History of Christianity:

  • Comprehensive and Up-to-Date: A History of Christianity is considered one of the most comprehensive and up-to-date single-volume histories of Christianity available.
  • Balanced Perspective: MacCulloch takes a balanced approach, exploring both the positive and negative aspects of Christianity throughout history.
  • Engaging Writing Style: Despite the book's weighty subject matter, MacCulloch's writing style is engaging and readable.
  • Gain a Deeper Understanding: A History of Christianity can help you gain a deeper understanding of Christianity's impact on world history, culture, and society.

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