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The most profound characteristic of Western Europe in the Middle Ages was its cultural and religious unity, a unity secured by a common alignment with the Pope in Rome and a common language - Latin - for worship and scholarship. The Reformation shattered that unity, and the consequences are still with us today.

In All Things Made New, Diarmaid MacCulloch, author of the New York Times best seller Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years, examines not only the Reformation's impact across Europe but also the Catholic Counter-Reformation and the special evolution of religion in England, revealing how one of the most turbulent, bloody, and transformational events in Western history has shaped modern society.

The Reformation may have launched a social revolution, MacCulloch argues, but it was not caused by social and economic forces or even by a secular idea like nationalism; it sprang from a big idea about death, salvation, and the afterlife. This idea - that salvation was entirely in God's hands and there was nothing humans could do to alter his decision - ended the Catholic Church's monopoly in Europe and altered the trajectory of the entire future of the West.

By turns passionate, funny, meditative, and subversive, All Things Made New takes listeners onto fascinating new ground, exploring the original conflicts of the Reformation and cutting through prejudices that continue to distort popular conceptions of a religious divide still with us after five centuries. This monumental work, from one of the most distinguished scholars of Christianity writing today, explores the ways in which historians have told the tale of the Reformation, why their interpretations have changed so dramatically over time, and ultimately how the contested legacy of this revolution continues to impact the world today.

©2016 Diarmaid MacCulloch (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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  • G Douglas Whistler
  • 03-16-17

Varied essay collection

This is a very interesting & varied collection of essays on (principally) the English Reformation, in accessible & entertaining language, as one would expect from MacCulloch.

The narrator has a kind, authoritative voice, though is somewhat inconsistent in his pronunciation, especially of non-English words.

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  • a m wrightson
  • 03-07-18

Good book, dreadful reader

Would you try another book written by Diarmaid MacCulloch or narrated by Neil Scott-Barbour?

Diarmaid MacCulloch is a delight, however this reading is pedestrian and incompetemt, mispronouncing names and generally spoiling what should have been a good listen.

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  • Julian
  • 09-23-17

Narration - oh dear

Great history, but let down by some grating narration. Shame. So many mispronounced terms and stock words from church history - why wasn’t the poor guy given some coaching?

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  • David Schutz
  • 09-19-17

Good, but some drawbacks

In the main these essays were very interesting, and the reader had a clear, pleasant and "clipped" English accent not dissimilar to that of the author's own.

However the last few essays, particularly on the historiography and bibliographical treatment of Hooker and Ware were arcane, long, indulgent and just plain boring.

And the reader, excellent in most respects, had some annoying mispronunciations (eg kuy-ree for kyrie), and a very odd habit of reading quotations and uttering Latin phrases in a hushed, reverent tone which was entirely out of place.

Still, nice to have such a work of scholarship available in audio and I wish it were more common.