He also doesn’t ignore the spiritual, faith aspect of his subject matter, explaining it as some of the rationale of Christians’ actions, yet not subscribing to it either. I know the author is just being PC (same reason why he doesn't take digs at the other two major religions discussed in this book) but I think it is really silly to avoid AD and BC especially given the book's subject matter. Quotes By Diarmaid MacCulloch. Sections. Reading Selection 1: Diarmaid MacCulloch, Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years, 1-12 According to MacCulloch, Christian history is a story which was told and believed by Jesus’ disciples. (Naturally, many of these reviewers associate MacCulloch with the atheistic academic left, which I'm sure would come as a surprise to the author, given his background in the Church of England.) Whether it be one person, one nature, and one will; or two people, one nature, and one will; or ....... doesn't make sense and never will and trying to understand that is a wasted effort and anyone who doesn't believe in my narrow interpretation is deserving of death (j/k, but historically that is what happened). It is a large book but if you persevere you will be rewarded. Unfortunately, after reading the first 300 pages I decided to put it down. The New York Times bestseller and definitive history of Christianity for our time—from the award-winning author of The Reformation and Silence A product of electrifying scholarship conveyed with commanding skill, Diarmaid MacCulloch's Christianity goes back to the origins of the Hebrew Bible and encompasses the globe. This was not accurate as I neither had much interest in the subject, nor access to a decent history about the faith. This book, now the most comprehensive and up to date single volume … This kind of book is exactly why the adjective "magisterial" was invented. A dark secret spans several... To see what your friends thought of this book, I have found the historical review of Jesus, by Bart D. Ehrmann, to be a well balanced, historically comprehensive, and intellectually satisfying summ. ‘What religion am I?’ asks Homer Simpson in one episode of his family's eponymous cartoon. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the discussion and see a list of open tasks. A thorough history of the christian religion from an Oxford don and the son of a Church of England parson whose background and upbringing give the whole book a flavour of what has made the Anglicans or the C of E such a distinctive part of Christanity. It is really not much worth reading. New this month: Scandal rocks an elite British boarding school in The Divines. this book is for you. He seems equally comfortable recounting the most well-known events in Christianity, like the Council of Nicaea and the Reformation, as he does delving into the most obscure sects and controversies, and he is admirably even-handed when he gets into the weeds of the many, many schisms and splits Christianity has undergone since before the ink was dry on the very first epistle. looking forward to watching it and hope not too much has been left out. It depresses me a bit because it is written in the cynical, anti-establishment style which is typical of the educated elite today, but it is valuable for its quality and the insight which it offers regarding the multitude of different takes on Christianity (most of them sincere and justified, none of them isolated from political expediency) which were the fruit of the early Church. An Oxford professor examines the history of the Christian faith, starting a millennium before the birth of Jesus. I didn't get bored throughout; quite the opposite--I was eager to read and learn more. I'd like to know more about why, for example, Roman and Greek Gods are simply thought of as myths, yet the story of Christ has endured as truth for so many. it does not disappoint. The Britishness of the author is clear as is the fact that he himself is not a Christian. All this and I'm not even a Christian. I'm what you might call a slightly bewildered agnostic, but I've always had a particular interest in Christianity. His survey of Christianity seems to me to not be dispassionate or objective. This is a monumental piece of work by an erudite scholar. This book may be too ambitious. A History of Christianity 6-DVD Set + The First Three Thousand Years Paperback Book. Welcome back. But Bert Ehrman does truthfully state his agnostic philosophical position, which I found refreshing. But this book, which is surely destined to become a classic in the field, goes a long way to explaining why Christianity has. This kind of book is exactly why the adjective "magisterial" was invented. we know most of the information therein ... but in pieces. ), Prayer and Spirituality in the Early Church III: Liturgy and Life (Strathfield, NSW, 2003), 335–43.”, “THE EXILE AND AFTER This renewed catastrophe was a key event in the history of the people of Israel. Take your time. One month free trial! The terms he uses are used by certain publishing houses and writers to "avoid offending non-Christians". Readers' Most Anticipated Books of January. For the history of Christianity and its pre-history (the other 1000 years) in many places it is eclectic and only mars, not scratches the surface. The title provides an early indication that the Ancient Greek and Hebrew roots of Christianity are covered by this book in addition to the past two thousand years that are more commonly accepted as the era of Christianity. CE refers to a "common era". A massive book--over 1000 pages. I found the book deeply satisfying, and I recommend it highly. Are there any good books about the history of Christianity that are straight-up in their atheism, that just discuss (as non-condescendingly as possible) the history of the stories rather than lapse into "was he, wasn't he"? It is a survey of Christianity from its earliest lineages. The book is over 1,000 pages and I didn't find much in it I didn't already know. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published I have a feeling that 'currently reading' may stay the status of this book for quite a while. They resonate with the sense of a single voice, not least because of all the odd, counter-intuitive things which happen in them.”, “Paul was not alone in his development of a Christ message which strayed away from Jesus’s own emphases. We’d love your help. My Christ is obviously English and he, like me, loves churchyards and cathedrals, waits every year with eager anticipation for a decent carol service so he can join robustly in the old, familiar favourites, and if it ever snows at Christmas, likes to read Elliot's Journey of the Ma. We’d love your help. The results are frequently disappointing, and always terminate in the embarrassing non sequitur of death.”, “The only way in which Darwin's data made sense was to suppose that species battled for survival, and that evolution came when one slight adaptation of a species proved more successful than another in the battle: a process which he named 'natural selection'. Exactly three months later, I'm done! Christianity is complex. 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