Once in a generation, a historian will redefine his field, producing a book that demands to be read and heard - a product of electrifying scholarship conveyed with commanding skill. Diarmaid MacCulloch's Christianity is such a book. Breathtaking in ambition, it ranges back to the origins of the Hebrew Bible and covers the world, following the three main strands of the Christian faith.
Christianity will teach modern listeners things that have been lost in time about how Jesus' message spread and how the New Testament was formed. We follow the Christian story to all corners of the globe, filling in often neglected accounts of conversions and confrontations in Africa and Asia. And we discover the roots of the faith that galvanized America, charting the rise of the evangelical movement from its origins in Germany and England. This audiobook encompasses all of intellectual history - we meet monks and crusaders, heretics and saints, slave traders and abolitionists, and discover Christianity's essential role in driving the enlightenment and the age of exploration, and shaping the course of World War I and World War II.
We are living in a time of tremendous religious awareness, when both believers and non-believers are deeply engaged by questions of religion and tradition, seeking to understand the violence sometimes perpetrated in the name of God. The son of an Anglican clergyman, MacCulloch writes with deep feeling about faith. His last book, The Reformation, was chosen by dozens of publications as Best Book of the Year and won the National Book Critics Circle Award. This awe-inspiring follow-up is a landmark new history of the faith that continues to shape the world.
©2010 Diamaid MacCulloch (P)2010 Gildan Media Corp
"Assuming no previous knowledge on the part of readers about Christian traditions, MacCulloch traces in breathtaking detail the often contentious arguments within Christianity for the past 3,000 years. His monumental achievement will not soon be surpassed." (Publishers Weekly)
"A work of exceptional breadth and subtlety." (Booklist)
Excellent read for anyone interested in learning much about such a wide-ranging and diverse institution as the Christian faith. Very well researched and constructed.
Civil War Buff
This is a book worth reading or listening to. It is very broad in the coverage of the various Christian communities. It covered some that I never knew existed. What is particularly nice is the 6 DVD video series that accompanies the book. The DVD set is available through Amazon or Netflix. The material covered is interesting and the writer knows how to present the material. I would highly recommend this book/video/recording to anyone interested in the topic.
Couldn’t make it through the book! His unsupported partiality makes this book a commentary on his personal predisposition rather than history.
All encompassing, thorough, and balanced. It is a very well done summary of the long history of the Christian Church and ecclesiastical communities.
Walter Dixon did a good job although some of the pronunciations of some technical words were not what I was used to hearing. I'm not sure if they were variants from other English speaking cultures.
It kept me interested, despite the length of the audio book, to hear the full story of Church history.
I spend the day with my hands in Photoshop and which leaves my ears available for good books.
The book provided hours of enjoyable learning of Christianity with great detail and little bias. I would highly recommend if you appreciate a well written history collection
There is no favorite character involved in this other than Christ, but as you listen through the ages you will appreciate each leading king or person of interest for that era.
Walter Dixon was the favorite character. His voice was easy to keep my attention through the 40 plus hours
Bring a comfy pillow, we are going to be here awhile
Every aspect of this audiobook was well done. Sound quality, narrator and the book itself.
As an entreprenuer, it is hard for me to shut off my brain! It is also hard for me to sit still! I love audibles! I can exercise, work on "chores" , travel and be entertained! Always looking for a good story!
I have read a lot of text books on this subject, but this is told in such a way that it keeps your attention while explaining the nuances! Thank you for making avaliable to us in audio form. I also have the book. Hearing it helps me digest the information.
This book is extremely hard to follow. It is not really chronological and is too much information with too many players to present it in the manner in which the author does. Perhaps it would be better read than listened to . . . I'm not sure. I would not recommend this book. The parts in which I found tidbits of interest were just that, tidbits. The overall theme is that the history of Christianity is a history of power struggle and politics. While I am certain that is true it could be far more interestingly written.
It had everything i don't like about history, filled with fact after fact with little animation or insight.
I enjoyed the narrator's conversational and attention-holding manner, and the fluid and appealing way the author writes of the Roman Empire's version of Christianity versus the flavors of the other Christian rites.
I've not read such a comprehensive approach to this subject, before, so I would not compare it at all.
No, I have not.
A quality book with an outstanding narration
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