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  • Series: Oxford Illustrated Histories
  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (June 28, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192854399
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192854391
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 1.7 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #631,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Extending from the earliest Christian communities, marked by a strong sense of being "called out" from the surrounding society, to the 20th century, a "reversion to an age of persecution of Christianity," this superb, authoritative chronicle recreates the sense of the sacred as it was experienced by Christians in particular times and settings. Led by McManners, professor of ecclesiastical history at Oxford, a team of 19 historians explores the decisive role of Christianity in shaping the Germanic West, the intricate tapestry of Eastern Christendom, the historic failure of Christians to accommodate Jews and Muslims in their midst. Chapters deal with the Reformation and the new lay spirituality of the Enlightenment, missionary expansionism (1500-1800) and modern developments in Asia, Africa, Latin America, the U.S. and Europe. Hundreds of illustrations range from paintings by El Greco, Botticelli and Edward Hicks to an Ethiopian miniature, a drawing from a ninth-century psalter and photographs of key figures. 35,000 first printing; $50,000 ad/promo; History Book Club and Reader's Subscription main selections.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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YA-- A collection of 19 essays written by noted individuals and arranged in chronological order from first-century Christianity to projections about the future of the religion. Approximately 350 illustrations complement the selections and represent the differing atmospheres of the changing concepts of this religion throughout history. The sources for further research offer a comprehensive list of additional materials. The thorough index includes ideas and movements as well as proper names, guiding readers to both text and illustrations. While not easy reading, this is an excellent research source; however, some background in the subject is necessary for full comprehension.
- Lizabeth Connelly, R. E. Lee High School, Springfield, VA
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Wayne A. Smith VINE VOICE on March 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The Oxford folks have produced a very good overview of the Christian world from the death of Christ to the present time.

This book gives a good accounting of the major doctrinal and organizational challenges facing Christendom over the last two centuries as well as detailing its growth from a band of Jewish reformers to the world wide force it is today.

I would have liked a little more on the early rise and struggle of the church to find its place both doctrinally and in the Roman world, but this is a very solid book for someone wanting to explore the breadth of Christianity's two millennia.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Lindner on August 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
Religion, particularly Christianity, is one hair Oxford loves to split in as many ways as they can find. This overview of Christian history is well written and thorough. There may be other books of greater importance in specific areas of study, but this book is a good beginning. Church libraries may consider this book just because it covers a lot of ground in a single volume.

It covers the basics, the persecutions, the rise of Roman acceptance of Chrisitanity, the middle ages, and the Reformation. It carries the story to the present offering the reader a good understanding of the subject matter. It has illustrations throughout, but most are black and white. In an era when color printing is not really cost prohibitive any longer, this is kind of a shame. But the text is top-notch andthe reader will learn much from this volume.
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53 of 71 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 21, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I gave this book three stars because it has some very good qualities, and some qualities that detract from it. First, it offers a history of Christianity that neither focuses on the positive aspects nor on the negative aspects of the religion. Instead, it attempts to offer an objective retelling of the story of Christianity's spread. As far as this goes, I recommend this book.
There are two problems with this book, however. First, it is certainly very biased toward the British. Written by many English scholars, this is not terribly surprising considering their propensity for a superiority complex. But, if one can ignore this bias, and even laugh at it in some places, it does not take away from the learning experience of reading this book. What does harm this experinece are the assumptions that the authors make about the knowledge of their audience. I have a fairly good background in Christian history, and I read this to fill in some of the gaps. What I found were a lot of teasers to stories I did not know. The authors would mention some fairly obscure person or event without elaboration, expecting the reader to understand what he/she was talking about. This became quite annoying after awhile.
In conclusion, this book is a good read for anyone who wants to learn more about Christian history, but don't expect it to be comprehensive.
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6 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michael L. Hays on December 24, 2008
Format: Paperback
This strange history of Christianity either overlooks or omits all account of the relationship between Judaism and Christianity from the moment of origins through the medieval and modern periods. As a popularized history, it chooses not to delve deeply into theology, but it is strange that it offers nothing about the influence of religious, cultural, and social differences between Judaism and Jews, and Christianity and Christian on the history of the latter. This history of Christianity resembles what might have been the story of its past if the early Church had decided to omit the Holy Scriptures from the Bible and pretended that Jews ceased to exist after the Crucifixion.
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