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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (987 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Diarmaid MacCulloch Narrator: Walter Dixon Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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. It captures the major turning points in Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox history and fills in often-neglected accounts of conversion and confrontation in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. MacCulloch introduces us to monks and crusaders, heretics and reformers, popes and abolitionists, and discover Christianity’s essential role in shaping human history and the intimate lives of men and women. And he uncovers the roots of the faith that galvanized America, charting the surprising beliefs of the founding fathers, the rise of the Evangelical movement and of Pentecostalism, and the recent crises within the Catholic Church. Bursting with original insights and a great pleasure to read, this monumental religious history will not soon be surpassed.

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Quotes & Awards

  • One of the 2010 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Phil Mullen | 2/19/2014

    " As with MacCulloch's Reformation, this book tells me much about the parts of Christianity of which I knew little (e.g., the non-Chalcedonian churches, some of whom went the way of Nestorios). I relished the fatness of the book, though not the heft. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sheldon | 2/6/2014

    " Especially good on non-Western Christianity and Christianity in the past century "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Schmidleysscribblins.wordpress.com | 2/3/2014

    " Great overview, if a bit long. This book is the shortened version of a 1,000 page book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Wendell Jones | 1/21/2014

    " MacCulloch is so uptight PC he must squeak when he walks. The first tipoff is his use of CE and BCE instead of Anno Domini (AD) and BC. CE refers to a "common era". The terms he uses are used by certain publishing houses and writers to "avoid offending non-Christians". The use of these terms seems ludicrous considering the subject of his book. His survey of Christianity seems to me to not be dispassionate or objective. It gets more PC the closer he gets to our time. The book is over 1,000 pages and I didn't find much in it I didn't already know. I don't trust his objectivity because he lost a high-ranking position in his church when he was outed, and he seems to be sneering at Christianity. All this and I'm not even a Christian. "

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