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Christianity Audiobook

Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years

Once in a generation, a historian will redefine his field, producing a book that demands to be read or 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.
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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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Greg 03-04-14
    Greg 03-04-14 Member Since 2012
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    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.

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    eliz United States 01-26-14
    eliz United States 01-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    What disappointed you about Christianity?

    It had everything i don't like about history, filled with fact after fact with little animation or insight.


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    Kindle Customer Austin, Texas 10-25-13
    Kindle Customer Austin, Texas 10-25-13 Member Since 2013

    john4

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    "Explore the underpinnings of Christianity"
    What made the experience of listening to Christianity the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Christianity to and why?

    I've not read such a comprehensive approach to this subject, before, so I would not compare it at all.


    Have you listened to any of Walter Dixon’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I have not.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    A quality book with an outstanding narration

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James Albuquerque, NM, United States 07-08-13
    James Albuquerque, NM, United States 07-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Overview/Whisper Sync is helpful"

    This is a comprehensive overview of Christian history. I purchased the whisper-sync to be able to more easily access this book as a reference. Do you remember when, where and why the Chalcedon council took place? Or the 95 theses, or the orthodox views on transubstantiation? It's well researched and pretty thorough. Not a gripping read, but worth the investment if you are interested the history of the most influential religion of the West.

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    K. Plaisance Buffalo Gap, TX United States 04-23-13
    K. Plaisance Buffalo Gap, TX United States 04-23-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Christianity: The 1st 3000 years"

    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.

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    Kevin 03-11-13
    Kevin 03-11-13 Member Since 2010

    Husband, Dad, Principal, Adjunct prof, RC Deacon, radio co-host, story teller, NYer, walker, & occasional sipper of fine whisk(e)y,

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    "a fine introduction to the history of Christianity"

    interesting presentation of the the history of the Christianity. Author offers a sympathetic objectivity. Listen carefully because he is also pretty funny!

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    Robert Apopka, Florida, United States 03-04-13
    Robert Apopka, Florida, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "This book lives up to its reputation"
    Where does Christianity rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Christianity?

    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.


    What does Walter Dixon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Best read on Christian history, ever.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Omar valley ford, CA, United States 02-04-13
    Omar valley ford, CA, United States 02-04-13
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    "A lot of history in one book"
    If you could sum up Christianity in three words, what would they be?

    Tectonic, relevant & engrossing


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Christianity?

    The epiphanies...


    What about Walter Dixon’s performance did you like?

    His even cadence


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Can't do it.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Ardmore, PA, United States 07-26-12
    Anthony Ardmore, PA, United States 07-26-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Expansive vs edited/Narrator & pronunciation"

    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."

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    Eric Hamburg, PA, United States 09-08-10
    Eric Hamburg, PA, United States 09-08-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Not my cup of tea"

    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

    33 of 67 people found this review helpful

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