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2,000 Years of Christ's Power, Part Two (v. 2) Paperback – September 1, 2000
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The first book is concerned with the period of the Church Fathers; the second, the Middle Ages (including the foundation and early character of Islam); the third, the Reformation; and the fourth, the Post-reformation to the Modern age.
Needham correctly believes that Christians today can learn and profit from the lessons of the past: the battles that have already been fought, the issues that have already been debated, the leaders who have come before us, etc. And he is able to present all this information in a manner that leaves Christians excited about the great work Christ has done through His church, from the first century through to our own day.
He gives an interesting overview of Charlemagne, covering the essential details from which much of medieval theology will spring. The potraits he paints of the heroes of this age are very life-like.
The section on Byzatine theology was quite good. The two sections on Holy Russia and Holy Serbia were superb. The sermon by St Cyril of Turov at the end of the chapter is among the best sermons ever preached ("The Glory of Easter").
A fault with the book:
Needham has this annoying habit of seeing in the arch-heretics seeds of "the doctrines and preaching of grace." Can't we just call them heretics and be done with it? Libertines and those who reject the Church are not definitionally Protestants. This kind of historiography makes us look silly and gives Catholics legitimate ammo to shoot us with.
Other than that, a pretty good book.