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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (209 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Diana Butler Bass Narrator: Karen Saltus Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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For too long, the history of Christianity has been told as the triumph of orthodox doctrine imposed through power and hierarchy. In A People's History of Christianity, historian and religion expert Diana Butler Bass reveals an alternate history that includes a deep social ethic and far-reaching inclusivity: the other side of the story is not a modern phenomenon, but has always been practiced within the church. Butler Bass persuasively argues that corrective - even subversive - beliefs and practices have always been hallmarks of Christianity and are necessary to nourish communities of faith.

In the same spirit as Howard Zinn's groundbreaking work The People's History of the United States, Butler Bass's A People's History of Christianity brings to life the movements, personalities, and spiritual disciplines that have always informed and ignited Christian worship and social activism.

A People's History of Christianity authenticates the vital, emerging Christian movements of our time, providing the historical evidence that celebrates these movements as thoroughly Christian and faithful to the mission and message of Jesus.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Caitlin | 2/13/2014

    " I was between giving this 4 stars or 5 stars and ended up going for 5 based on how much I highlighted and how many things I wish everyone knew about Christianity. I found her to be fairly accessible, regardless of one's personal belief system, and very straightforward. I highly recommend this book to anyone who thinks the militant "Big C" Christianity (as she calls it) is the only form of Christianity that exists, as well as to anyone who wonders how Christians in the first few centuries after Jesus understood their faith down to 1945-today. This is a great book and I hope you'll read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dave Smith | 1/3/2014

    " This book is an answer to the question "Why would I ever want to be a Christian when the Christian Religion is responsible for such horrific and tragic events throughout history?". Diana (a history prof) concedes the horrific events, but notes that History is the story of the rich, powerful and successful. Christianity shines among the least, the last and the lost in society, and their stories are rarely ever told. This book brings to light the stories of Christian service, love, and selfless sacrifice by Christians from the first century until now. Some of the people and stories I knew of, but most were unknown to me. What a delight to see history this way - through the eyes of the common folk. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dad | 12/19/2013

    " Stunning. Challenging. Provcative. I've used this book as the text for my adult Sunday school class for the last 5 months. Great dialogue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tyler D | 12/5/2013

    " It's formatted to look like "A People's History of The United States" but it is not the same writing style or quality. It is, nonetheless, insightful and gently written, and I enjoyed it in a passing way. "

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