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History of Christianity by Paul Johnson
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History of Christianity (1976)

by Paul Johnson

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First published in 1976, Paul Johnson’s exceptional study of Christianity has been loved and widely hailed for its intensive research, writing, and magnitude—“a tour de force, one of the most ambitious surveys of the history of Christianity ever attempted and perhaps the most radical” (New York Review of Books).

In a highly readable companion to books on faith and history, the scholar and author Johnson has illuminated the Christian world and its fascinating history in a way that no other has. Johnson takes off in the year 49 with his namesake the apostle Paul. Thus beginning an ambitious quest to paint the centuries since the founding of a little-known ‘Jesus Sect’, A History of Christianity explores to a great degree the evolution of the Western world. With an unbiased and overall optimistic tone, Johnson traces the fantastic scope of the consequent sects of Christianity and the people who followed them. Information drawn from extensive and varied sources from around the world makes this history as credible as it is reliable. Invaluable understanding of the framework of modern Christianity—and its trials and tribulations throughout history—has never before been contained in such a captivating work.
  tony_sturges | Jul 11, 2018 |
An excellent book but VERY (too?) detailed and Catholic-focused. It held my attention but I struggled to not get bogged down in parts. It was very interesting to see how theology split believers from the very beginning of the church. ( )
  ORFisHome | Jul 13, 2009 |
An excellent book but VERY (too?) detailed and Catholic-focused. It held my attention but I struggled to not get bogged down in parts. It was very interesting to see how theology split believers from the very beginning of the church. ( )
  IFREF | Apr 25, 2007 |
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(Prologue): It is now almost two thousand years since the birth of Jesus Christ set in motion the chain of events which led to the creation of the Christian faith and its diffusion throughout the world.
Some time about the middle of the first century A. D., and very likely in the year of 49, Paul of Tarsus traveled south from Antioch to Jerusalem and there met the surviving followers of Jesus of Nazareth, who had been crucified about sixteen years before.
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This is Part 2 of a two part Cassette audiobook edition.

First published in 1976, Paul Johnson's exceptional study of Christianity has been loved and widely hailed for its intensive research, writing, and magnitude. In a highly readable companion to books on faith and history, the scholar and author Johnson has illuminated the Christian world and its fascinating history in a way that no other has.

Johnson takes off in the year 49 with his namesake the apostle Paul. Thus beginning an ambitious quest to paint the centuries since the founding of a little-known 'Jesus Sect', A History of Christianity explores to a great degree the evolution of the Western world. With an unbiased and overall optimistic tone, Johnson traces the fantastic scope of the consequent sects of Christianity and the people who followed them. Information drawn from extensive and varied sources from around the world makes this history as credible as it is reliable. Invaluable understanding of the framework of modern Christianity - and its trials and tribulations throughout history - has never before been contained in such a captivating work.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:21:22 -0400)

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Presents lectures (each 30 minutes in length) by Luke Timothy Johnson, Professor at the Candler School of Theology, Emory University.

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