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Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years | [Diarmaid MacCulloch]

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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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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    Crystal Shreveport, LA United States 04-14-12
    Crystal Shreveport, LA United States 04-14-12 Member Since 2015

    "I listen to learn"!

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    "Not for transient listeners"
    What did you like best about Christianity? What did you like least?

    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.


    If you’ve listened to books by Diarmaid MacCulloch before, how does this one compare?

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

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    Could you see Christianity being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    NO


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy OAK GROVE, LA, United States 09-20-12
    Jeremy OAK GROVE, LA, United States 09-20-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "I found this book offensive to Christianity"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Only those who believe Christianity is a man-made religion.


    What was most disappointing about Diarmaid MacCulloch’s story?

    God is absent and he spends the entire time debunking every Christian truth.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Walter Dixon’s performances?

    no...he is an atheist.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Pity...that someone so educated had such a hatred for God


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a Christian, stay away from this book.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Larry Powder Springs, GA, United States 08-21-12
    Larry Powder Springs, GA, United States 08-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Diarmaid MacCulloch is not a serious Bible scholar"
    What would have made Christianity better?

    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.


    What was most disappointing about Diarmaid MacCulloch’s story?

    Too many historical inaccuracies to be taken as a credible read.


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

    Walter Dixon is an excellent narrator, and once again did a fine job reading subject book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Audible should refund credits anytime its products are this bad.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Todd TOOELE, UTAH, United States 08-12-12
    Todd TOOELE, UTAH, United States 08-12-12 Member Since 2006
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    "A Secular Approach to Christian History"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you are interested in a secular approach to generalized history


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Winners Never Cheat


    Would you be willing to try another one of Walter Dixon’s performances?

    no


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Christianity?

    inaccurate references to scripture an the "alleged" sayings or "alleged beliefs."


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James 08-07-12
    James 08-07-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Unreferenced analysis and conclusions"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Diarmaid MacCulloch again?

    Not sure....probably not.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Walter Dixon?

    Walter Dixon was fine....I did woder if he was sometimes being creative with his pronunciation of names.


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

    Glad to have a book on this topic.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Rensselaer, IN, United States 04-29-12
    Jeff Rensselaer, IN, United States 04-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Not really a Christian Perspective"
    What disappointed you about Christianity?

    Undermines the teachings of the Bible, about its Authorship, etc.


    Any additional comments?

    Decided not to waste my time finishing it. Not what I was expecting.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas R. Henderson Asheville NC 05-28-12
    Nicholas R. Henderson Asheville NC 05-28-12 Member Since 2006

    Adam Smith

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    "A bit lefty for me."
    What would have made Christianity better?

    A little less cheerleading for liberal Christianity.


    What was most disappointing about Diarmaid MacCulloch???s story?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're a lefty, go for it. If you are a traditionalist, you will be disappointed.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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