In this panoramic view of Christianity, David Chidester examines the key doctrines and developments of this now global religion. He traces the origins of. LibraryThing Review. User Review – ALincolnNut – LibraryThing. The history of the Christian church, particularly as it is taught in the United States, tends to have . A monumental new history of Christianity from its beginnings as a persecuted cult , up to its present day international diversity. ‘A model of condensation without.

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David Chidester, one of the world’s foremost scholars of chudester, traces Christianity’s growth and development from the time of Jesus to the dawn of the third millennium, revealing its rich diversity through the deeds and beliefs of heretics and saints, witches and healers, preachers and inquisitors.

Chidester explores the emergence of the major streams of Christian thought and practice, distilling the cultural history of the Church and its impact on the world into chivester superbly readable book.

Alongside this broad panorama is a richly human story that the author brilliantly encapsulates in incisive character sketches and historical vignettes.

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Christianity, in all its many facets, has been and continues to be one of the most influential forces in history. Chidester shows that this religion, with its roots deep in the ancient world, has always been in a constant state of evolution, affecting and affected by the religions and societies around it. At times Christianity has coexisted peacefully with other forms of belief, exchanging ideas and practices with them.

At other times profound, even violent, conflict has arisen. In this book David Chidester intelligently and objectively portrays Christians in different times and places, as a minority and as the majority group, a religion both absorbing and resisting the world around it. Christianity reveals the religion as it was and is lived in the life of everyday people rather than focusing on the dry dogmas and beliefs that fill most histories.

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Chidester’s accomplishment is to capture the complexity and grand sweep of this story in one remarkable volume that is destined to take its place as a classic of religious history. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. This history book is great to read. You can pick up anywhere in it and get sucked in. It is long, but what do you expect?

The construction is a bit flimsy, but with the length of the book, making it with a hardier form would make it huge. I have encouraged many people to get this history and I have given it to a few people who show an interest in knowing more about the process of Christian expansion.

This isn’t a book that justifies the conquest of the world by Christians. It shows the many struggles that the church has faced in its conflicted history. One person found this helpful. This is the second copy of this book I am purchasing. It is a keeper for me. It gives me a wonderful and very descriptive view of the history of the church before it split into all the various denominations.

I have to say this, but I haven’t read the book yet. It came highly recommended, however, so I’m sure I’ll be able to use it. Interesting, good pace, covers a huge amount of material. Of course, it’s years worth of history so it’s not that in-depth and it has its boring parts, but all in all it’s not bad for what’s practically a text book without pictures.


A bit dry to read. Some different perspectives in this book. Some need to be taken with a grain of salt, however, I enjoy a book that opens up my mind. This book is good for the beginner who want to study the history of Christianity. See all 19 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.

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