- Paperback: 560 pages
- Publisher: HarperOne; 2nd edition (December 7, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061855898
- ISBN-13: 978-0061855894
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9.1 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 161 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Story of Christianity, Vol. 2: The Reformation to the Present Day Paperback – December 7, 2010
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This highly informative, narrative history covers the events, persons, external influences, and formative ideas of Christian history. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Beginning with the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century, this fully revised and updated second volume of The Story of Christianity continues the marvelous history of the world's largest religion. Award-winning historian Justo Gonzalez bring to life the people, dramatic events, and theological debates that have shaped Protestantism, Catholicism, and Orthodoxy. From the monk Martin Luther, who dared to stand up to a corrupt pope, to the surprising spread and growing vitality of today's church in Africa, Asia, and South America, The Story of Christianity offers a complete and up-to-date retelling of this amazing history.
With new information on the important contributions of women to church history as well as the latest information on Christianity in developing countries, Gonzalez's richly textured study discusses the changes and directions of the church up to the twenty-first century. The Story of Christianity covers such recent occurrences as the fall of the Soviet Union and the return of the Russian Orthodox Church; feminist, Africa-American, and Third-World theologies; the scandals and controversies facing the reign of Pope Benedict XVI; interfaith dialogue; and the movement toward unity of all Christian churches. This revised and updated edition of The Story of Christianity concludes with a thoughtful look at the major issues and debates facing Christianity today.
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My only complaint is that there are many dry sections going into incredible intricacies about councils whose influence seemed overstated, which to me is honestly very uninteresting. I found myself constantly losing focus during these sections, making the whole book take forever for me to read. If councils are your thing, this will be a great volume. However, to me, it seems that a better usage of space may have been given to movements such as the Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, or Seventh Day Adventist topics I am earnestly curious in learning about for the sake of witness which had little more than a page (with a few pages on SDA) dedicated to each.
Altogether, however, this was a great volume which perfectly complements the first. Most of my issues with the book were issues of preference. For the most part, this book was very interesting and well-balanced. It will leave you with many good questions about the foundations of your belief and open the door for further study.
The book is rigorous enough for a serious theology student, but also readable by someone like me, who simply wants to learn more about this subject.
By the last few chapters, the author makes it very clear that his view of a "healthy" Christianity involves an emphasis on ecumenicism, liberation theology, "contextualized theology," and missions, which he defines in economic terms more so than theological or salvific. He clearly has a Marxian view of the Christian message, with an anti-colonial and anti-imperialist theme throughout. His portrayal of conservative evangelicals in the 20th century is as biased as the traditional narrative he critiques. In fact, our introduction to the movement begins with an image of a Klan rally, as if the KKK were a mainstream movement within modern evangelicalism.
As I said, his editorial does not become heavy-handed until that latter quarter of the book. If you can enjoy the breadth of history he offers, and extract the bias, then it's a very informative book that's very well written. Or, if you already agree with his views, then you'll find his narrative all the more appealing and inspirational. However, if you can't stand "progressive" political correctness, then don't buy this book.
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