The 1st book is great as it covers the early history. The part about the start of Islam is really good also. The remainder is good but doesn't compare to the 1st. Either way I glad I listened in as I learned a great deal here. Narrator did a good job with the book.
Husband, Dad, Principal, Adjunct prof, RC Deacon, radio co-host, story teller, NYer, walker, & occasional sipper of fine whisk(e)y,
interesting presentation of the the history of the Christianity. Author offers a sympathetic objectivity. Listen carefully because he is also pretty funny!
Definitely the most thoroughly informative audio book I have listen to so far. Christianity - The First Three Thousand Years - gives a concise overview of Christian history and presents the information in such a way that anyone with a general understanding of Christianity will appreciate the overview.
The "Church in the East" which described the spread of Christianity into the Far East (India, the Mongolian Empire, and China) was enlightening. I never realized that Christianity had traveled so far so early.
He brings the facts to life in such a way that he staves off the bordom that often results in books concerned with world history.
Best read on Christian history, ever.
Tectonic, relevant & engrossing
His even cadence
Can't do it.
I have wanted something this detailed, but had no interest in donning robes to do so. It is a large subject that this book helps to tame.
MacCulloch offers an expansive study but one that may have benefited by a bit more careful editing. Passages that seem more like footnotes or side thoughts invade anachronistically. The text is very unbiased and straightforward, a proper quality that in this case renders the reading rather monotonous. The real problem with this recording, as with so many history texts that demand a reader with an academic background suitable to the material as well as a basic knowledge of Latin and other Romance languages, is that the reading is riddled with mispronunciations. The most irritating is the slurring of the words "Christian" and "Christianity" to "Chris-chen" and Chris-chee-an-i-ty."
This author starts from the assumption that Judism and Christianity are not true; that the Bible is not reliable. I could only listen to the first 2 chapters before that bias stopped me
If you're looking for an unbiased historical analysis of the History of Christianity, this is not the book. The author continually takes shots at Christianity throughout the book. For all the detail he provides, he continually fails to provide evidence for many of the comments/ shots he takes at Christianity. The author's biases were so apparent that they inhibited his ability to properly present a strong documented historical analysis of Christianity. I can read just about anything and look for positive take aways from a book. I have never rated a book this poorly, but this book was a waste of time and money.
Very Good Listen and explains a lot about what is happening today in Religious Turmoil.
The book started out strong with lots of interesting facts about pre-Christianity and early Christianity. The author wasn't even afraid to mix in some mildly controversial views. But as history progressed and entered into eras where there is more concrete evidence he degenerated into a litany of fact recitation with very little insight and opinion mixed in.
Overall the book is absolutely comprehensive and I learned lots of things that I hadn't previously known - but I prefer my histories with a bit more insight. *Why* did history take the turns that it had or *Why* did people react in certain ways to certain events. The microscopic list of dates and names and places I find less interesting than some.
"I listen to learn"!
LOTS OF INSITE INTO EARLY CHRISTIANITY, BUT NOT SOMETHING I WOULD LISTEN TO WITHOUT BEING ABLE TO REALLY TAKE IN. THERE WAS ALOT OF INFORMATION AND I THINK IT IS MORE STUDY MATERIAL THAN JUST LISTENING MATERIAL. WOULD DO GREAT FOR OTHERS JUST NOT WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR.