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  • The History of Christianity II: From the Reformation to the Modern Megachurch

  • By: Molly Worthen, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Molly Worthen
  • Length: 17 hrs and 49 mins
  • Original Recording
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When you think about Christian history, you might think of the first thousand years - the events of Jesus' life, the acts of the apostles, the establishment of the church, and the various councils that established theological doctrine. But the history of Christianity from the Reformation to the present is equally dramatic and profoundly relevant. It's a story about people as much as theology - our cultures, our politics, our relationship to the world.

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  • A history from someone who takes Christianity seriously

  • By Cecilia Mills on 03-31-18

Better than expected, & I had high expectatations!

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Reviewed: 07-27-18

I like "The Great Courses" (usually) and have bought several of them in the past. Some are fantastic, and some are just good. Once or twice, I didn't enjoy what I got, but it was never due to quality. It was usually more because I had anticipated the content to be something different to what I got.

This particular course though, was a really great surprise. It far surpassed all my expectations and hopes.

I had previously gotten the one on the history of the Catholic church (different instructor, but still "The Great Courses"), and that one was really fantastic too, but I'd never been interested in all the history from the reformation onward. I was just disinterested and thought it was more or less a boring period of development.

But wow, was I wrong! This course and its subject matter was INCREDIBLY interesting, well worth at least another two listens, and the instructor Molly Worthen was an outstanding teacher, reader, writer.... everything.

Highly, highly recommended.