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)
I will not try another book by Diarmaid MacCulloch. The narrator, Walter Dixon, does a fine job.
Diarmaid MacCulloch has an imaginative interpretation--not an asset for an historian. The author makes controversial assertions without providing evidence. MacCulloch virtually ignores internal evidence regarding the dating and authorship of biblical texts. For example, Daniel is assigned a late date, which of course, precludes Daniel as author. Attributes few of the New Testament (NT) letters "from Paul" as actually written by Paul. Additionally, inconsistencies are seen in the NT gospel accounts and in Paul's teaching compared with those of Jesus where none exist. Too many examples exist to enumerate them. I wonder whether MacCulloch has even given the NT a careful reading. I expected to disagree on some points of interpretation, but the author's bias is so extreme the book is almost comical.
The narration is fine.
"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.
Only those who believe Christianity is a man-made religion.
God is absent and he spends the entire time debunking every Christian truth.
no...he is an atheist.
Pity...that someone so educated had such a hatred for God
If you are a Christian, stay away from this book.
The author, Dairmaid MacCulloch, misquoted many basic Bible facts, that any child growing up attending Sunday school would know. I anticipated a well researched book, in which I would learn new information. However, the more I listened to this audio book, the continued historical inaccuracies became too much of an irritation to continue to listen.
Too many historical inaccuracies to be taken as a credible read.
Walter Dixon is an excellent narrator, and once again did a fine job reading subject book.
Disappointed that the author claimed expertise in a subject they barely knew. Sad in the knowledge that I wasted a credit on this author. There are several good books available on this subject, but don't waste your money on this one.
Audible should refund credits anytime its products are this bad.
If you are interested in a secular approach to generalized history
Winners Never Cheat
inaccurate references to scripture an the "alleged" sayings or "alleged beliefs."
I really struggled with the first 8 hours, trying to give the benefit of the doubt. If you are a Christian, it's not worth your time or money.
It appeared that after the statement of historical facts for several minutes the author would insert his analysis and conclusions that were sometimes non- sequiturs.
He appeared to have biases that became apparent.
Also he would leap forward in time and then back making connections that I could not follow.
Not sure....probably not.
Walter Dixon was fine....I did woder if he was sometimes being creative with his pronunciation of names.
Glad to have a book on this topic.
Undermines the teachings of the Bible, about its Authorship, etc.
Decided not to waste my time finishing it. Not what I was expecting.
A little less cheerleading for liberal Christianity.
The author seems to be very much enamored of all forms of Christian liberalism. As a traditional Christian, I found the constant drumbeat of liberalism a bit nauseating in the end.
If you're a lefty, go for it. If you are a traditionalist, you will be disappointed.
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