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3.99966599190283 out of 53.99966599190283 out of 53.99966599190283 out of 53.99966599190283 out of 53.99966599190283 out of 5 4.00 (988 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Diarmaid MacCulloch Narrator: Walter Dixon Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2013 ISBN: 9781469056036
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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

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie Carruth | 1/19/2014

    " I had to take this book out of the library three times before i finished it but it is worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jerry | 12/26/2013

    " A monumental and magnificent history. Full of wonderful narrative, thoughtful insights, and frequent humour. I highly recommend it and plan to dip into it again and again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Douglas | 12/24/2013

    " never thought i would finish. plenty of food for thought,but be prpepared to be at the table for a while. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anthony | 12/9/2013

    " Good historical work; Anglican biased; Not a Spiritual work. Looong read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nita | 12/9/2013

    " I'm still reading this book. Thus far, I've found the cultural context for the spread of Christianity to be very informative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick | 8/8/2013

    " I'm really enjoying this book on spite of it's intimidating size. I'd encourage any person of faith who wants to understand how we got where we are to read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa Frohock | 8/14/2012

    " This is a sumptuous history of Christianity. I'm enjoying this as much as I enjoyed God's War. MacCulloch digs deep into the historical origins of Christianity without sugar-coating the facts. Excellent history! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Morteza | 8/4/2012

    " A complete and intriguing history of Christianity from its early days to our time. It would be useful for both academics and ordinary readers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 4/12/2012

    " More like a text book than something you would read for pleasure. Don't jump in unless you can swim in deep intellectual waters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric Christiansen | 3/25/2012

    " Interesting, but wordy, overview of Christianity from its roots in Judaism until today. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pamela B | 11/20/2011

    " I'm reading this for a bookclub. It's ambitious, not hard to read but hard to assimilate so much detail in one large volume. It was a burden at times to get through it. There is a set of DVDs based on this book narrated by the author that are wonderful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 7/22/2011

    " Four stars for his broad scope and ability to synthesize so much research, all in the goal of creating a mostly coherent narrative out of such a chaotic history. Two stars for his smug, omniscient attitude and biased approach to nearly every every subject he touches upon. Averages out to three. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dean | 7/21/2011

    " This book is similar to Karen Armstrong's but goes into much more detail and focuses on history as well as the development of ideas. Anyone who reads this book will learn many things they never knew before. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J. | 7/5/2011

    " comprehensive, and excellent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 6/3/2011

    " Excellent. A little biased against Roman Catholicism but very good none the less. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eli | 5/12/2011

    " Listened to about 2 hours of it on tape, then it was due back at the library. Hadn't really gotten into it yet, all I had listened to were the parts about the Greeks and the Jews, very little of which was really historical.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 May | 4/17/2011

    " It's good, but so very very very long.

    It's complete as well, so makes a handy reference. "

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About the Author

Diarmaid MacCulloch is professor of the history of the church at St. Cross College, University of Oxford. His most recent book, the New York Times bestseller Christianity, won several awards. A fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Historical Society, he lives in Oxford, England.

About the Narrator

Walter Dixon is a broadcast media veteran of more than twenty years’ experience with a background in theater and performing arts and voice work for commercials. After a career in public radio, he is now a full-time narrator with more than fifty audiobooks recorded in genres ranging from religion and politics to children’s stories.