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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (49 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Martin Marty Narrator: Nelson Runger Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Modern Library Chronicles Release Date:
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In this cogent volume, renowned Christian historian Martin Marty delivers a brief yet sweeping account of Christianity and how it spread from a few believers two thousand years ago to become the world’s largest religion.

Comprising nearly one third of the world’s population—more than two billion followers—Christianity is distinctive among major faiths in that it derives both its character and its authority from the divinity of its central figure, Jesus Christ. Examining this facet of Christianity from historical and sociological viewpoints, Marty lays bare the roots of this faith, in turn chronicling its success throughout the world.

Writing with great style, and providing impeccable interpretations of historical, canonical, and liturgical documents, Marty gives readers of all faiths and levels of familiarity with Christian practices and history a highly useful and supremely accessible primer. He depicts the life of Christ and his teachings and explains how the apostles set out to spread the Gospel. With a special emphasis on global Christianity, he shows how the religion emerged from its ancestral homelands in Africa, the Levant, and Asia Minor, was imported to Europe, and then spread from there to the rest of the world, most often via trade and conquest. While giving a broad overview, Marty also focuses on specific issues, such as how Christianity struggles with the polar tensions inherent to many of the faith’s denominations, and how it attempts to reconcile some of its stances on armed conflict, justice, and dominion with the teachings of Christ.

The Christian World is a chronicle of one of the great belief systems and its many followers. It’s a magnificent story of emperors and kings, war and geography, theology and politics, saints and sinners, and the earthly battle to save souls. Above all, it’s a remarkable testament to the teachings of Christ and how his message spreads around the globe to touch human experience everywhere.

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jagad5 | 2/16/2013

    " I only managed to listen to the first couple of disks. Very detailed, which might be interpreted as "boring." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Matt Friedman | 1/5/2013

    " It's a kind of "Christian-history lite," and ends up being a surprisingly shallow read for someone of Dr. Marty's academic calibre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Diane | 9/23/2011

    " Good overview of Christianity throughout the world from its beginnings to the present day. The book doesn't offer much new material, but it is a good introduction for someone interested in getting a basic understanding of the history. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Aaron | 7/6/2010

    " 200 pages weren't enough to pack 2000 years of history and remain clear. Too many important ideas and events were glossed over. The chapters on the current growth of Christianity in Asia and Africa was well done though. "

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About the Author

Martin Marty has written a number of seminal works on religion and has received some seventy-five honorary doctorates. His awards include the National Book Award, the National Humanities Medal, and the Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He lives in Chicago with his wife.