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The Christians by Bamber Gascoigne
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The Christians (1977)

by Bamber Gascoigne

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The Christians - the basis of Granada Television's internationally acclaimed series, and illustrated with over 200 photographs - cuts a clear path through the complicated history of the followers of Christ and their religion by concentrating on moments of significance and on the lives of some of the individuals who helped develop Christianity. It is a story of colossal undertakings and spectacular success as well as ferocious intolerance, greed and bloodshed - of politics and power - side by side with the most intimate personal experience of God.
  RubislawLibrary | Feb 1, 2014 |
By far the worst attempt at a history of Christianity I have ever read. This book is more a semi-detailed list of the iniquities of various individual Christians over the last 2000 years than any kind of real historical research. Even many of the apparent iniquities of Christian individuals which the book lists are exaggerated and based on just plain bad history, much of it outdated and no longer in currency amongst decent scholars. Then there's the closing chapter of the book, written even as Eastern European Christians suffered and died at the hands of the atheist communists, in which the author thinks it decent to dare to compare Christianity with communism, even suggesting that the two are entirely compatible and naturally complimentary partners. I would recommend this book for the top of the trash heap. I was very disappointed. ( )
  davidpwithun | Sep 16, 2011 |
A very good basic introduction to the history of Christianity that covers the major events, trends and personalities in a way that serves as a good bridge to further more detailed reading. This was originally written to accompany a 13 part TV series in 1977 (though it has been updated a little since) and the chapters are therefore all of nearly identical length and readability. The author is balanced in his assessments and has no axe to grind. An excellent book. ( )
  john257hopper | Dec 4, 2009 |
following the christian faith from it's beginings to it's attack under communism in russia, where it survived very nicely thank you. A book tie in to the Tv programme on BBC2 way back then ( )
  vicarofdibley | Apr 8, 2006 |
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"Over the last two millennia, Jesus of Nazareth - an itinerant Jewish preacher who was publicly executed - impacted history more than any other human being. Once a persecuted minority, his followers conquered nations, created artistic and architectural masterpieces, and committed atrocities. In this 13-part documentary, Bamber Gascoigne examines Christianity not as a religion, but as a potential historical force that continues to shape our world. Filmed on location in more than 30 countries around the globe, The Christians shows how one faith has influenced a vast array of cultures and, in turn, how it has adapted to diversity. It takes a penetrating look at emperors and evangelists, monks and madmen, artists and inquisitors as it reveals the conflicts, reconciliations, and controversies of one of the world's most pervasive religions."--from athenalearning.com viewed 11/23/09.… (more)

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