Christianity: A Global History

Christianity A Global History David Chidester one of the world s foremost scholars of religion traces Christianity s growth and development from the time of Jesus to the dawn of the third millennium revealing its rich diversity

  • Title: Christianity: A Global History
  • Author: David Chidester
  • ISBN: 9780062517708
  • Page: 376
  • Format: Paperback
  • David Chidester, one of the world s foremost scholars of religion, traces Christianity s growth and development from the time of Jesus to the dawn of the third millennium, revealing its rich diversity through the deeds and beliefs of heretics and saints, witches and healers, preachers and inquisitors Chidester explores the emergence of the major streams of Christian thougDavid Chidester, one of the world s foremost scholars of religion, traces Christianity s growth and development from the time of Jesus to the dawn of the third millennium, revealing its rich diversity through the deeds and beliefs of heretics and saints, witches and healers, preachers and inquisitors Chidester explores the emergence of the major streams of Christian thought and practice, distilling the cultural history of the Church and its impact on the world into this superbly readable book Alongside this broad panorama is a richly human story that the author brilliantly encapsulates in incisive character sketches and historical vignettes.Christianity, in all its many facets, has been and continues to be one of the most influential forces in history Chidester shows that this religion, with its roots deep in the ancient world, has always been in a constant state of evolution, affecting and affected by the religions and societies around it At times Christianity has coexisted peacefully with other forms of belief, exchanging ideas and practices with them At other times profound, even violent, conflict has arisen In this book David Chidester intelligently and objectively portrays Christians in different times and places, as a minority and as the majority group, a religion both absorbing and resisting the world around it Christianity reveals the religion as it was and is lived in the life of everyday people rather than focusing on the dry dogmas and beliefs that fill most histories Chidester s accomplishment is to capture the complexity and grand sweep of this story in one remarkable volume that is destined to take its place as a classic of religious history.

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    1. Set text for Open University module AA307 (Religion in History: Conflict Conversion and Coexistence)

    2. This book was not exactly what I was looking for when I first picked it up – though that’s more my fault than the book’s. I wanted more of a politically based history, focusing more in the internal structure of Christianity. Which I understand isn’t exactly easy to do, as “Christianity” is a big umbrella under which many denominations find shelter – also part of what I wanted to see explored. And it was, but in a different way than what I expected.This book provided a much wider sc [...]

    3. Christianity: A Global History by David Chidester"It takes a brave author to write this kind of history, where every chapter, in some cases every sentence, requires passing through territory that has been analyzed, debated, deconstructed and reassembled for 2,000 years. Yet Chidester (professor of comparative religion at Cape Town University) is up to the task, providing a readable, objective sweep of Christian history that reflects an admirable knowledge of the details without ever losing sight [...]

    4. This is a long book. Sections of it move quickly and other areas bog down. While overall the author presents the information in chronological order,at times the information is organized topically instead. As the title states, it is a global history covering the ancient world to Europe, Africa, Asia, India and the US. There were some very interesting portions. But there were other sections it seemed like the author rambled and didn't clearly present the essential information. It's a good source f [...]

    5. Hmmmm - I read this for my OU A307 course. It does what it says - looks at 2000 years of christianity. The last 200 years seemed rushed compared to some tedious details of early christianity. There were some interesting bits - the holy greyhound, some funny bits - stealing each others relics, some eye opening bits - differences between various sects & schisms and some bits you'd expect - the obsession with sex - with who, how often and when! Good if this is your thing but be warned its about [...]

    6. This book is incredible in its scope and detail. Due to the influence of Christianity on much of history, this is important reading for people of any faith. Eye-opening; especially the sections about the creation of the biblical canon.

    7. 3.0 - An honest and objective work that covers a lot of ground. There were some areas that I felt were given too much attention and others that I was interested in that were given too little, but that's inevitable in a book with this broad of scope. Overall a very interesting read.

    8. Although this was required reading for a class I actually enjoyed and decided it needed to remain in my library. I am sure I will refer to it again and again in preparation for sermons.

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