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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (May 28, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851682961
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851682966
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #507,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Do we need yet another short history of Christianity? Probably not, though Norris (church history, Emmanuel Sch. of Religion) is wise to recognize that Christianity is nothing but an abstraction and that attempts to write its history are impossible. The major achievement of this book, which is part of a series on world religions (e.g., Klaus K. Klostermaier's Hinduism: A Short History, among others), is that unlike other histories it goes beyond the Western world to place Christian traditions in their Asian, African, and Latin American contexts. As Norris documents, Christianity did not have one victory after another, and he describes all its failures and near annihilations. The book follows no strict chronology, but topics on the early and medieval periods outnumber those for the modern period. In attempting to cover all the data available, the book abounds in overgeneralizations. It will be of value to libraries already committed to completing this multicultural series on the history of world religions, but as a single volume it is inadequate. Brian Moynahan's The Faith: A History of Christianity is a good one-volume option, although it is certainly not short-James A. Overbeck, Atlanta-Fulton P.L., GA
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"The writing is crisp, lucid, and pithy, providing for a stimulating read." Anglican Theological Review "This book splendidly assists the reader in understanding the richness of the Christian experience" Anglican Theological Review "a stimulating read." Studies in World Christianity "This is not a dry work of history" Studies in World Christianity "There's plenty of food for thought though as the whole 'warts and all' story is told" World Mission Magazine "valuable and timely addition to this body of literature" International Bulletin of Missionary Research "meticulously researched and richly detailed." International Bulletin of Missionary Research "concise, highly readable, replete with insightful analyses of Christianity's interaction with other cultures" International Bulletin of Missionary Research

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Teddy W. Booth on May 8, 2003
Format: Paperback
For those who want to know the facts, the ins and outs, and who do not have a background in Church history this book is for you. Dr. Norris presents a very detailed review of Christianity in all of its triumphs and losses. He also links the religion often called "Western" to its real roots in Asia. The richness of the Christians of the East has been so often neglected by those concentrating on simply European Church history. We must not forget the stories of those Christians who fought and struggled to gain a foothold in Asia. Excellent work.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chuck P Gohn on March 3, 2003
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As a seminary student I found this book to be an excellent overview of the growth of Christianity in the western world as well as Asia, and Africa, and South America. It is a wealth of information, written in an easy to read manner that engages the reader directly with the culture.
Dr. Norris does an excellent job incorporating quotes and anecdotes about various missionaries throughout history, information that is not normally found in your standard history textbook. I highly recommend this book to any student of world missions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JJH on February 28, 2003
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This concise volume is a valuable and timely addition to a growing list of monographs detailing a history of global Christianity. Norris' meticulous attentiveness to the historical development of Christianity in Asia, the Far East, and Africa effectively exposes the shortsightedness of the long held assumption that Christianity is a Western religion. Compactness comes at a price, however, and more demanding readers will note a lack of depth some areas. But the author makes up for this with insightful analysis and highly readable prose. Strongly recommended.
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