A lot of history: mainstream and dense, this book is not for everyone, Reviewed in the United States on June 4, 2018. There was a problem loading your book clubs. A product of electrifying scholarship conveyed with commanding skill, Diarmaid MacCulloch's Christianity goes back to the … This book needs to be read through a particular lens. I write this review from the perspective of a person who believes in a personal God, the deity of Christ, and his death and resurrection as a propitiation for sin -- substitutionally atonement. Not that MacCulloch is banging the atheist drum - he doesn't take sides, and it's difficult to tell from this book what his beliefs might be, but there is a definite sense of indulgence towards those motivated by faith, whether they are baptising slaves as they are taken off the ships or deciding not to burn so many witches or finding "good scriptural reasons" for suppressing Galileo's knowledge, compared to a rather snide tone towards the personal failings of the Enlightenment philosophers. Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover (3/18/2010) … Submit your email address to receive Barnes & Noble offers & updates. History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years, The Story of Christianity, Vol. Is there a Trinity and if so what is the pecking order within it? The New York Times bestseller hailed as the best business book of 2010 (Huffington Post). MacCulloch's very detailed Christianity starts a thousand years before Christ with the Greek and Jewish foundations that formed the world's biggest religion. . On greedy traders, ... A fabulous selection of twenty removable and framable artworks from Kerby Rosane's bestselling ANIMORPHIA.An amazing ... A fabulous selection of twenty removable and framable artworks from Kerby Rosane's bestselling ANIMORPHIA.An amazing It will have few, if any, rivals in the English language.” —Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, “A well-informed and—bless the man—witty narrative guaranteed to please and at the same time displease every single reader, if hardly in identical measure. Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date. TorielleWhitaker. Javascript is not enabled in your browser. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. As an atheist, I found the book fascinating and wanted a better understanding about how and why faith occurs. it does not disappoint. Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years 1216. by Diarmaid MacCulloch | Editorial Reviews. Use up arrow (for mozilla firefox browser alt+up arrow) and down arrow (for mozilla firefox browser alt+down arrow) to review and enter to select. I was apprehensive about reading it at first given that it was written by someone who although the son of a Christian priest is not actually a believer; perhaps only one who is can truly understand the faith and so present it fairly. Please try again. This book is a landmark in its field, astonishing in its range, compulsively readable, full of insight even for the most jaded professional and of illumination for the interested general reader. See details. Christianity: The First Three Thousand Yearscovers the story of Christianity with (pretty much) all the variations, heresies, and twists and turns from its origins in Judaism, to the history of the early Christian … After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. It becomes very amusing, as the history moves into the period of growing secularisation, human rights and scientific understanding, quite how often MacCulloch notes that developments offered "an opportunity for humility" for churches. There are aspects of Christianity I simply had never heard anything about before -- for example, the Armenian church, the Orthodox church, Christianity in Africa, etc. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 12, 2018. Reading it is more like a way of life or a devotion than reading a normal book. . It is difficult to imagine a more comprehensive and surprisingly accessible volume than MacCulloch’s.” —Jon Meacham, The New York Times Book Review, “A prodigious, thrilling, masterclass of a history book. . has been added to your Cart. Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices. The way MacCulloch tells it, it almost seems that mankind was offered a choice 2,000 years ago between the approaches of Aristotle, based on learning from observation of the reality of the material world, and Jesus, based on assumptions about the nature of an unobservable and notional immaterial world, and went off down a gigantic centuries-long blind alley. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 31, 2020. . Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years By Diarmaid MacCulloch (Viking, 2010) Haters of history often ask the point of knowing names and dates, pointing out correctly that all of that information can now be found online. Unable to add item to List. Paperback. The great strength of the book is that it covers, in sufficient but not oppressive detail, huge areas of Christian history which are dealt with cursorily in traditional accounts of the subject and are unfamiliar to most English-speaking readers. 1: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation, A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years by Diarmaid MacCulloch (2-Sep-2010) Paperback, The First Thousand Years: A Global History of Christianity, Christianity and the Christian Church of the First Three Centuries. [FREE DOWNLOAD]] Great Christian Jurists in English History (Law and Christianity… Paperback, 9780143118695, 0143118692 It is a survey of Christianity from its earliest lineages. . NOOK Book. The great strength of the book is that it covers, in sufficient but not oppressive detail, huge areas of Christian history which are dealt with cursorily in traditional accounts of the subject and are unfamiliar to most English-speaking readers. . whereas it is true that to cover 3000 years … Or get 4-5 business-day shipping on this item for $5.99 It will have few, if any, rivals in the English language.”—Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury“A well-informed and—bless the man—witty narrative guaranteed to please and at the same time displease every single reader, if hardly in identical measure. This is a work of remarkable scholarship and erudition, staggeringly comprehensive & packed with more characters, ideas, isms and schisms than anyone could possibly remember. You can see Diarmaid MacCulloch's passion for the subject, which comes through in every page. . But Diarmaid MacCulloch offers a compelling counterpoint in his thousand-page summary of Christianity… Please try your request again later. First, the title. (v) The strangeness of many of the concepts at the heart of the Christian message - "sin", "grace", "salvation" and particularly the weird obsession, which seems to be one of the constant themes of the history as MacCulloch tells it, with the "end days" and the apocalyspe/rapture which so many people appear to have been imminently anticipating and hoping for since the time of Jesus. Should the blame fall on Wall Street, Main Street, or Pennsylvania Avenue? Insights shares a plethora of quotations and meditations about God and Christianity that Peter Haverty collected over the years. The New York Times bestseller hailed as the best business book of 2010 (Huffington Post). Sometimes bits of detail are missing, but not often. The Other Worldview: Exposing Christianity's Greatest Threat, Mystery of the Magi: The Quest to Identify the Three Wise Men. The opening chapters, being a whirlwind of Biblical criticism and Greek and Latin history move along very briskly. (Prices may vary for AK and HI.). Publisher's DescriptionThe definitive history of Christianity for our time. . For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now. : Biblical Insights into His Divine Person (Hobbs College Library). While the author presumes little (other than an acceptance that the evidences of history, archeology and logic should have meaning for readers of the Bible and theology), and does not make assumptions concerning the faith of its readers, it does come from a perspective faith seeking understanding, and the embedded presumption that Christianity can and should have meaning in people's lives. My main gripe is that although the author criticises those who "sneer at political correctness" his insistence on referring to people and places in the original vernacular (it would seem we are expected to say "Inka" not "Inca" and "Fernando and Isabel" rather than "Ferdinand and Isabella" when referring to the twin rulers of late fifteenth-century Spain) goes beyond what is necessary and is genuinely irritating (the word I would use is pedantic). Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. It is a long and crazy history, but reading this book will give you a basis for being much more informed about Christianity's long and varied history, which has affected so much in our world. Does the Holy Spirit "proceed" from God and Christ or from God alone? . A product of electrifying scholarship conveyed with commanding skill, Diarmaid MacCulloch's Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years goes back to the origins of the Hebrew Bible and encompasses Christianity's … Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. . Paperback. Learn more about the program. . It is very much a bureaucratic history of the organisational and power structures of Christianity over the millennia, and that focus brings a number of issues to the fore: (i) The extent to which a religion's spread is dependent on the support of militarily and economically successful temporal power (ii) The sheer scale of the time and manpower devoted to attempting to impose uniformity of thought on a range of issues which by their very nature are unknowable (iii) The extent to which core Christian beliefs and practices were developed long after Christ's lifetime in response to changing geographical and historical circumstances (iv) The remarkable triviality of many of the issues over which Christians have been ready to hate, fight and kill one another (Is Christ one personality in two forms or two personalities, one human and one divine? Auto Suggestions are available once you type at least 3 letters. To have written this book , is a monumental achievement and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Most Christian histories start with St Paul's mission to Rome, but Diarmaid MacCulloch argues that the first Christianity stayed much closer to its Middle-Eastern roots. It doesn't matter whether you have a faith or not, if you want a better understanding of factors influencing these belief systems, then this is the book for you. I was woefully ignorant about the emergence and development of faith before reading this. An important book that shows just how close our country is from losing its freedoms. The lack of knowledge in regards to the section of the book covering Islam is truly stunning. I am less enthusiastic. Fans will be transported back to the beginning, with selections from Kerby's first ... [These essays] reflect a lively, unselfconscious, rigorous, erudite, and earnestly open mind that's busy refining ... [These essays] reflect a lively, unselfconscious, rigorous, erudite, and earnestly open mind that's busy refining MacCulloch is to be congratulated for his accessible handling of so much complex, difficult material.”—John Cornwell, Financial Times“A tour de force: it has enormous range, is gracefully and wittily written, and from page one holds the attention. Sections. List Price: 32.00* * Individual store prices may vary. Please try again. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. . In this all-new culinary cozy mystery series, reporter turned Tex-Mex waitress Josie Callahan is about An Oxford professor examines the history of the Christian faith, starting a millennium before the birth of Jesus. We work hard to protect your security and privacy. Readings in the History of Christian Theology, Volume 1, Revised Edition, Who Is the Holy Spirit? CDN$61.14. Breathtaking in ambition, it ranges back to the origins of the Hebrew Bible and covers the world, following the three main strands of the Christian faith. You can view Barnes & Noble’s Privacy Policy. its view of life, literature, and a great deal in between. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. Members save with free shipping everyday! . Remarkable scholarship raises huge range of questions about the whole course of human history, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 11, 2018. Click here for the lowest price! The author does not set out to prove or disprove the case for faith, but represents the facts as we know them. $32.00. A sterling presentation of Christianity from a historian's perspective. Surprised By Truth: 11 Converts Give the Biblical and Historical Reasons for Becomi... To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. New York, Viking, 2009. Our payment security system encrypts your information during transmission. Get simple and logical answers to Christianity's toughest and most controversial questions. The important thing for both believers and nonbelievers to understand is that it's fair-minded. I've been at it for months already, reading a little each day, and I'm determined to finish it -- because if I do, I will have learned the entire history of Christianity, all 3,000 years of it! MacCulloch describes himself as a "a candid friend of Christianity" (p. 10), and perhaps some will find his viewpoint more objective than that of a devoted believer. This book is for anyone who believes it is time to stop compromising with racism and courageously confront it. . every continent and every religion has found a place of clarity in this book. A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years. Something went wrong. . There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. But in the Christian case, history is also the field in which the action of God is discovered, … the place of literature and art in our society in a collection of essays spanning his best writing and lectures from the last twenty-three years. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. It also however makes clear that the faith has included many people of genuine compassion and humanity, as well as been responsible for so much in the way of art, literature and music, along with the atrocities (these days, where the latter is concerned, it's generally the Christians who are the victims). To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.