The Story of Christianity Volume 1

The Story of Christianity  Volume 1
Author: Justo L. Gonzalez
Pages: 528
ISBN: 9780062364890
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Release: 2014-11-25
Editor: Harper Collins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In this fully revised and updated edition, the lauded church historian Justo González tells the story of Christianity from its fragile infancy to its pervasive dominance at the dawn of the Protestant Reformation. The Story of Christianity, volume 1, relates the dramatic events, the colorful characters, and the revolutionary ideas that shaped the first fifteen centuries of the church's life and thought. From Jesus's faithful apostles to the early reformist John Wycliffe, González skillfully weaves details from the lives of prominent figures tracing core theological issues and developments within the various traditions of the church. The Story of Christianity demonstrates at each point what new challenges and opportunities faced the church and how Christians struggled with the various options open to them, thereby shaping the future direction of the church. This new edition of The Story of Christianity incorporates recent archaeological discoveries to give us a better view of the early Christian communities. Among these are advances in the recovery of Gnostic texts that have revealed a richer diversity of "Christianities" in the first century. González also includes important research done in the past twenty-five years revealing the significant role of women throughout the history of the church. With lively storytelling incorporating the latest research, The Story of Christianity provides a fascinating introduction to the panoramic history of Christianity.

The Story of Christianity Volume 2

The Story of Christianity  Volume 2
Author: Justo L. Gonzalez
Pages: 560
ISBN: 9780061855894
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Release: 2010-12-07
Editor: Zondervan
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

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.

The Story of Christianity

The Story of Christianity
Author: David Bentley Hart
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9781623656089
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Release: 2015-08-04
Editor: Quercus
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The story of Christianity is an immeasurably fascinating one. A faith that began in Roman occupied Palestine, as a small and fugitive faction within Judaism, grew, thrived and finally "conquered" the empire that had sought to exterminate it. Then, over many centuries and in many lands, it became the vital source from which new civilizations sprang. At times, its geographical range expanded mightily, at others contracted perilously. At times, the church proved heroically true to its deepest moral principles; at others, inexcusably traitorous to them. But, by the beginning of the 21st century, this faith that began in such fragility, and that became so powerful--even though its temporal power has now receded in its historic homelands--is the most widespread and diverse of all religions. Christianity is rapidly taking root in cultures very different from those in which it was born and in which it once flourished, and is assuming configurations that could not have been anticipated a century ago. In The Story of Christianity, the distinguished theologian David Bentley Hart provides a broad picture of Christian history. Presented in 50 short chapters--each focusing on a critical facet of Christian history or theology, and each amplified by timelines, quotations, and color images--his magisterial account does full justice to the range of Christian tradition, belief and practice--Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Anglican, Presbyterian, Evangelical, Coptic, Chaldean, Ethiopian Orthodox, Armenian Orthodox, Malankaran, to name but a few of the many possibilities. From the persecutions of the early church to the papal-imperial conflicts of the Middle Ages, from the religious wars of 16th and 17th-century Europe to the challenges of science and secularism in the modern era, and from the ancient Christian communities of Africa and Asia to the "house churches" of contemporary China, The Story of Christianity triumphantly captures the heterogeneous richness of Christian history.

The Story of Christianity Volume 2

The Story of Christianity  Volume 2
Author: Justo L. Gonzalez
Pages: 560
ISBN: 9780062364906
Available:
Release: 2014-11-25
Editor: Harper Collins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

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.

A History of Christian Thought Volume I

A History of Christian Thought Volume I
Author: Justo L. González
Pages: 276
ISBN: 9781426721892
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Release: 2010-09-01
Editor: Abingdon Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A treatment of the evolution of Christian thought from the birth of Christ, to the Apostles, to the early church, to the great flowering of Christianity across the world. The first volume introduces the central figures and debates culminating in the Councils of Nicea and Chalcedon among which the theologies of the early church were hammered out. Volume 2 #9781426721915 Volume 3 #9781426721939

A People s History of Christianity

A People s History of Christianity
Author: Diana Butler Bass
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9780061973024
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Release: 2009-10-06
Editor: Harper Collins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

“It would be difficult to imagine anyone reading this book without finding some new insight or inspiration, some new and unexpected testimony to the astonishing breadth of Christianity through the centuries.” — Philip Jenkins, author of The Lost History of Christianity “Interesting, insightful, illuminating, and remarkably relevant.” — Marcus Borg, author of The Heart of Christianity In the tradition of Howard Zinn comes a new history of Christianity that reveals its bottom-up movements over the past 2,000 years, which preserved Jesus’s original message of social justice, and how this history is impacting the church today.

The Story of Christianity

The Story of Christianity
Author: Justo L. González
Pages: 550
ISBN: OCLC:1245828575
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Release: 2010
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A revised edition of an accessible narrative history assesses crucial theological developments while offering insight into the social, political, and economic forces that influenced the Church's development, in a volume that includes coverage of such subjects as emerging Protestantism and the origins of modern movements.

History of Christianity

History of Christianity
Author: Paul Johnson
Pages: 576
ISBN: 9781451688511
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Release: 2012-03-27
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

First published in 1976, Paul Johnson’s exceptional study of Christianity has been loved and widely hailed for its intensive research, writing, and magnitude—“a tour de force, one of the most ambitious surveys of the history of Christianity ever attempted and perhaps the most radical” (New York Review of Books). In a highly readable companion to books on faith and history, the scholar and author Johnson has illuminated the Christian world and its fascinating history in a way that no other has. Johnson takes off in the year AD 49 with his namesake the apostle Paul. Thus beginning an ambitious quest to paint the centuries since the founding of a little-known ‘Jesus Sect’, A History of Christianity explores to a great degree the evolution of the Western world. With an unbiased and overall optimistic tone, Johnson traces the fantastic scope of the consequent sects of Christianity and the people who followed them. Information drawn from extensive and varied sources from around the world makes this history as credible as it is reliable. Invaluable understanding of the framework of modern Christianity—and its trials and tribulations throughout history—has never before been contained in such a captivating work.

The Story of Christianity

The Story of Christianity
Author: Jean-Pierre Isbouts
Pages: 367
ISBN: 9781426213878
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Release: 2014
Editor: National Geographic Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Focuses on the rich social and cultural history of Christianity through the ages, from its roots in Palestine to its development as a global movement.

The Lost History of Christianity

The Lost History of Christianity
Author: John Philip Jenkins
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9780061980596
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Release: 2009-10-06
Editor: Harper Collins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

“Jenkins is one of America’s top religious scholars.” —Forbes magazine The Lost History of Christianity by Philip Jenkins offers a revolutionary view of the history of the Christian church. Subtitled “The Thousand-Year Golden Age of the Church in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia—and How It Died,” it explores the extinction of the earliest, most influential Christian churches of China, India, and the Middle East, which held the closest historical links to Jesus and were the dominant expression of Christianity throughout its first millennium. The remarkable true story of the demise of the institution that shaped both Asia and Christianity as we know them today, The Lost History of Christianity is a controversial and important work of religious scholarship that sounds a warning that must be heeded.

Christianity

Christianity
Author: Diarmaid MacCulloch
Pages: 1216
ISBN: 9781101189993
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Release: 2010-03-18
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The New York Times bestseller and definitive history of Christianity for our time—from the award-winning author of The Reformation and Silence A product of electrifying scholarship conveyed with commanding skill, Diarmaid MacCulloch's Christianity goes back to the origins of the Hebrew Bible and encompasses the globe. It captures the major turning points in Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox history and fills in often neglected accounts of conversion and confrontation in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. MacCulloch introduces us to monks and crusaders, heretics and reformers, popes and abolitionists, and discover Christianity's essential role in shaping human history and the intimate lives of men and women. And he uncovers the roots of the faith that galvanized America, charting the surprising beliefs of the founding fathers, the rise of the Evangelical movement and of Pentecostalism, and the recent crises within the Catholic Church. Bursting with original insights and a great pleasure to read, this monumental religious history will not soon be surpassed.

Story of Christianity Volume 1

Story of Christianity  Volume 1
Author: Justo L. Gonzalez
Pages: 528
ISBN: 9780062010742
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Release: 2010-08-10
Editor: Harper Collins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Story of Christianity, Volume 1, is an informative, interesting, and consistently readable narrative history. It brings alive the people, dramatic events, and ideas that shaped the first fifteen centuries of Europe, such as the Spanish and Portuguese conquest of the New World. Historian Justo Gonzalez shows how various social, political, and economic movements affected Christianity's internal growth. Gonzalez skillfully weaves in relevant details from the lives of prominent figures from the apostles to John Wycliffe, tracing out core theological issues and developments as reflected in the lives and struggles of leading thinkers within the various traditions of the church. "The history of the church, while showing all the characteristics fo human history, is much more than the history of an institution or movement," Gonzalez stresses. "It is a history of the deeds of the spirit in and through the men and women who have gone before in the faith." The Story of Christianity demonstrates at each point what new challenges and opportunities faced the church, and how Christians struggled with the various options open to them, thereby shaping the future direction of the church. The Story of Christianity will serve as a fascinating introduction to the panoramic history of Christianity for students and teachers of church history, for pastors, and for general readers.

Anno Domini The Story of Christianity in the British Isles

Anno Domini  The Story of Christianity in the British Isles
Author: Frances Marrow
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9781788033732
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Release: 2018-05-15
Editor: Troubador Publishing Ltd
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Written for the general reader with an interest in how Christianity spread and developed throughout the British Isles, Anno Domini: The Story of Christianity in the British Isles explores the progress of Christianity in all four countries. It also looks at how it contributed greatly to the formation of our culture in the process. The book explores the theme of Christianity thoroughly, but step-by-step, taking the reader through the early centuries where the Saints played major roles to spread the faith and inspire others, on to the arrival of St Augustine in the South and how the mission that followed led to the gradual ascendancy of the Church of Rome over the Celtic churches. It then takes the reader through the English Reformation, imparting facts and outlooks on the situation in an easy-to-understand way, exploring the religious dissent that followed for many centuries until society learned to live peaceably with religious differences. Finally we come to the twenty-first century, where traditional values have lapsed and secularisation has increased. And the story continues as Christians of every persuasion are challenged to respond to present issues. A clear, well-laid out and thoroughly researched book that explains the progress of Christianity with an enthusiasm that should infect its reader, Anno Domini will interest the mind and inspire the heart.

The Triumph of Christianity

The Triumph of Christianity
Author: Bart D. Ehrman
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9781501136726
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Release: 2018-02-13
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The “marvelous” (Reza Aslan, bestselling author of Zealot), New York Times bestselling story of how Christianity became the dominant religion in the West. How did a religion whose first believers were twenty or so illiterate day laborers in a remote part of the empire became the official religion of Rome, converting some thirty million people in just four centuries? In The Triumph of Christianity, early Christian historian Bart D. Ehrman weaves the rigorously-researched answer to this question “into a vivid, nuanced, and enormously readable narrative” (Elaine Pagels, National Book Award-winning author of The Gnostic Gospels), showing how a handful of charismatic characters used a brilliant social strategy and an irresistible message to win over hearts and minds one at a time. This “humane, thoughtful and intelligent” book (The New York Times Book Review) upends the way we think about the single most important cultural transformation our world has ever seen—one that revolutionized art, music, literature, philosophy, ethics, economics, and law.

From Jesus to Christ

From Jesus to Christ
Author: Paula Fredriksen
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9780300164107
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Release: 2008-10-01
Editor: Yale University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"Magisterial. . . . A learned, brilliant and enjoyable study."—Géza Vermès, Times Literary Supplement In this exciting book, Paula Fredriksen explains the variety of New Testament images of Jesus by exploring the ways that the new Christian communities interpreted his mission and message in light of the delay of the Kingdom he had preached. This edition includes an introduction reviews the most recent scholarship on Jesus and its implications for both history and theology. "Brilliant and lucidly written, full of original and fascinating insights."—Reginald H. Fuller, Journal of the American Academy of Religion "This is a first-rate work of a first-rate historian."—James D. Tabor, Journal of Religion "Fredriksen confronts her documents—principally the writings of the New Testament—as an archaeologist would an especially rich complex site. With great care she distinguishes the literary images from historical fact. As she does so, she explains the images of Jesus in terms of the strategies and purposes of the writers Paul, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John."—Thomas D’Evelyn, Christian Science Monitor

The Story of Christian Theology

The Story of Christian Theology
Author: Roger E. Olson
Pages: 652
ISBN: 0830815058
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Release: 1999-04-01
Editor: InterVarsity Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In his book, poised to become a standard historical theology textbook, Roger Olson takes us on a journey of events ranging from the apostolic fathers to the Reformation to the present.

A Short History of Christianity

A Short History of Christianity
Author: Geoffrey Blainey
Pages: 636
ISBN: 9781442225909
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Release: 2013-10-24
Editor: Rowman & Littlefield
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Christianity has played a central role in world history, for better or worse, but beyond the story of Jesus, many people know little of this story. Geoffrey Blainey takes readers on a journey from the very beginnings of Christianity through to the current day.

The Gospel According to Mark

The Gospel According to Mark
Author: Anonim
Pages: 64
ISBN: 9780857860972
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Release: 1999-01-01
Editor: Canongate Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The earliest of the four Gospels, the book portrays Jesus as an enigmatic figure, struggling with enemies, his inner and external demons, and with his devoted but disconcerted disciples. Unlike other gospels, his parables are obscure, to be explained secretly to his followers. With an introduction by Nick Cave

The Story of Christian Music

The Story of Christian Music
Author: Andrew Wilson-Dickson
Pages: 256
ISBN: 0800634748
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Release: 2003
Editor: Fortress Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Music has been at the heart of Christian worship since the beginning, and this lavishly illustrated and wonderfully written volume fully surveys the many centuries of creative Christian musical experimentation. From its roots in Jewish and Hellenistic music, through the rich tapestry of medieval chant to the full flowering of Christian music in the centuries after the Reformation and the many musical expressions of a now-global Christianity, Wilson-Dickson conveys 'a glimpse of the fecundity of imagination with which humanity has responded to the creator God.' Book jacket.

The History of Christian Thought

The History of Christian Thought
Author: Jonathan Hill
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780745957630
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Release: 2013-01-17
Editor: Lion Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A society with no grasp of its history is like a person without a memory. This is particularly true of the history of ideas. This book is an ideal introduction to the thinkers who have shaped Christian history and the culture of much of the world. Writing in a lively, accessible style, Jonathan Hill takes us on an enlightening journey from the first to the twenty first centuries. He shows us the key Christian thinkers through the ages - ranging from Irenaeus, Origen, Augustine and Aquinas through to Luther, Wesley, Kierkegaard and Barth - placing them in their historical context and assessing their contribution to the development of Christianity.