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The Oxford Illustrated History of Christianity Paperback – June 28, 2001
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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.
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.
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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I'm not devout, but I am curious. After having read the Bible cover to cover, it seems reasonable to get a grasp on the historical truths, such as they are known. Read morePublished on July 17, 2011 by gradyman
I have not read the entire book, but it does contain all the information I expected.Published on May 2, 2010 by Tee