In The Story of Christianity, Vol. 1, Justo L. González, author of the highly praised three-volume History of Christian Thought, presents a narrative history of Christianity from the early church to the dawn of the Protestant reformation. From Jesus' faithful apostles to the early reformist John Wycliffe, González skillfully traces core theological issues and developments within the various traditions of the church, including major events outside of Europe, such as the Spanish and Portuguese conquest of the New World.
This updated and expanded edition incorporates recent archaeological discoveries about the life of early Christian communities as well as important contemporary research revealing the significant role of women throughout the history of the church. With lively storytelling, The Story of Christianity provides a fascinating and panoramic history of the dramatic events, colorful characters, and revolutionary ideas that shaped the first 15 centuries of the church.
©2016 Justo L. González (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
I only know the Audible version. But it's thrillingly told and always engaging. Can't put it down. Every spare minute I have in the car is dedicated to working through this scholarly masterpiece.
The early chapters covering the time between the death of the apostles through Constantine were magic
The stories of the martyrs were captivating
I can give this book any higher a recommendation - it is history that doesn't trudge along - but moves almost like a theater piece.
Best concise history of Christianity I've experienced. As a Christian, I have many questions about the present state of my religion. This book has given me insight into the tapestry that is Christianity.
I had asked my friend who is attending seminary for a balanced text on the history of Christianity; this source does all that and so much more. Highlighting the progression of the Church through history and how its actions (both good and bad) impacted and were impacted by the culture it lived in.
While used as a textbox, this is not a difficult read. The narrator does an excellent job, good pace and just the right amount of tonal emphasis.
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