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A History of Christianity

Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
Length: 28 hrs and 30 mins
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First published in 1976, Paul Johnson's exceptional study of Christianity has been loved and widely hailed for its intensive research, writing, and magnitude. Weaving a great range of material, the scholar and author Johnson creates an ambitious panoramic overview of the evolution of the Western world since the founding of a little-known "Jesus sect".

With an unbiased and overall optimistic tone, Johnson traces the fantastic scope of the consequent sects of Christianity and the people who followed them, from the time of the apostle Paul through the Second Vatican Council. Information drawn from extensive and varied sources around the world makes this history as credible as it is reliable. Invaluable understanding of the framework of modern Christianity and its trials and tribulations throughout history has never before been contained in such a captivating work.

©1976 Paul Johnson (P)1989 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Read Brant Pitre's the case for Jesus instead.

He seems to take as fact the arguments of several atheist scholars who make it a goal to discredit the gospels instead of investigating the matter for himself. Of course there are conflicting writings. St Paul speaks of many teaching an alternative gospel. That is why the apocrypha weren't endorsed by those in the direct student-teacher line of the apostles aka the early church fathers. Also, all were written before the fall of Jerusalem 40 years after Jesus' death. I'm 75mn in and he hasn't gotten off that topic. I am returning this book.

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Interesting Perspective

1-500: Debatable but interesting. The first few chapters are not founded upon the best scholarship. The discussion of the relationship between the Church and the Roman State is very interesting.
500-1500: Kind of hard to follow, and not terribly interesting. Mostly kings and popes jockeying for power.
1500-1800: Worth the whole book. Fascinating take on the Reformation and the enlightenment, even if one disagrees with Johnson.
1800-Now: Almost as good as the previous section, especially as he deals with the church in Germany during WWII.

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  • Dennis
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  • 12-23-16

amen, eh

good stuff, lots to think about, i'm inclined to listen to the teaching of Jesus & St Paul and avoid the rest as mere mortals

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An interesting and nuanced study of the topic.

I found new insights on the influences of the Bishop of Rome, l liked it.

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