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Christianity Audiobook

Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years

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Publisher's Summary

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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    JCM 01-22-15
    JCM 01-22-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Really fascinating, and thorough."

    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.

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    Einar Fredriksen 01-21-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Too hard for me.."

    It felt like reading an encyclopedia. That's difficult on an audio book when you don't know much on the topic at hand..

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    Joseph Reston, Virginia 10-19-14
    Joseph Reston, Virginia 10-19-14 Member Since 2012

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    "A Very Interesting Read/Listen/Watch"
    What did you love best about Christianity?

    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.


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    Amazon Customer Springfield, Oregon United States 09-12-14
    Amazon Customer Springfield, Oregon United States 09-12-14 Member Since 2015

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    "Bad History"
    What would have made Christianity better?

    Couldn’t make it through the book! His unsupported partiality makes this book a commentary on his personal predisposition rather than history.


    What was most disappointing about Diarmaid MacCulloch’s story?

    MaCulloch himself


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

    Grand


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Nope


    Any additional comments?

    refund

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    Columbia Pete 05-16-14 Member Since 2007

    I'm Pete

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    "Very good review of Church History"
    If you could sum up Christianity in three words, what would they be?

    All encompassing, thorough, and balanced. It is a very well done summary of the long history of the Christian Church and ecclesiastical communities.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Walter Dixon?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It kept me interested, despite the length of the audio book, to hear the full story of Church history.


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    David Upper Darby, PA, United States 04-30-14
    David Upper Darby, PA, United States 04-30-14 Member Since 2015

    I spend the day with my hands in Photoshop and which leaves my ears available for good books.

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    "Detailed, Thorough and you will listen over again"
    What made the experience of listening to Christianity the most enjoyable?

    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


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Walter Dixon – was your favorite?

    Walter Dixon was the favorite character. His voice was easy to keep my attention through the 40 plus hours


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

    Bring a comfy pillow, we are going to be here awhile


    Any additional comments?

    Every aspect of this audiobook was well done. Sound quality, narrator and the book itself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Starkville, MS, United States 03-29-14
    Lynn Starkville, MS, United States 03-29-14 Member Since 2011

    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!

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    "What a splendid way to learn!"

    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.

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    Greg 03-04-14
    Greg 03-04-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Too Much and Yet Too Little"

    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

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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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