i took the 40 days of lent (started a week before; ended a week early) to tackle the job. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published An ambitious and massive work. It covers the whole range of Christian history from its roots in Judaism to modern day. I know the author is just being PC (same reason why he doesn't take digs at the other two major religions discussed in this book) but I think it is really silly to avoid AD and BC especially given the book's subject matter. The first tipoff is his use of CE and BCE instead of Anno Domini (AD) and BC. Nevertheless, the author does a good job telling the story in a free flowing but yet objective narrative. This is probably the best one-volume history of Christianity that you can find. This is a monumental piece of work by an erudite scholar. Muslims were lucky enough to be out of reach on that occasion.”, “There is no surer basis for fanaticism than bad history, which is invariably history oversimplified.”, “J.R. He also doesn’t ignore the spiritual, faith aspect of his subj. A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years by Diarmaid MacCulloch. Refresh and try again. But this book, which is surely destined to become a classic in the field, goes a long way to explaining why Christianity has had so many schisms, so many sects and splinter groups, reformations and counter-reformations. A History of Christianity 6-DVD Set + The First Three Thousand Years Paperback Book. TorielleWhitaker. This is my go-to book at bedtime. A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years by Diarmaid MacCulloch 5,009 ratings, 4.11 average rating, 434 reviews Open Preview See a Problem? This book is certainly thorough, however, it is neither straight forward or unbiased. by Allen Lane, A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years. whereas it is true that to cover 3000 years of human and religious history, the writer must default to an inch and a half below the surface and some readers may be disappointed in that factor, i decidedly was not. For example, he does not even mention the Emperor Nero... more of my comments later...? MacCulloch has rectified this with A History Of Christianity. every continent and every religion has found a place of clarity in this book. Author MacCulloch, Diarmaid. One fifth of the way in, I've concluded I'm a 'cultural' Christian. A thorough history of the christian religion from an Oxford don and the son of a Church of England parson whose background and upbringing give the whole book a flavour of what has made the Anglicans or the C of E such a distinctive part of Christanity. We’d love your help. It is a large book but if you persevere you will be rewarded. Most readers will find parts of it ob. Format Book Published My Christ is obviously English and he, like me, loves churchyards and cathedrals, waits every year with eager anticipation for a decent carol service so he can join robustly in the old, familiar favourites, and if it ever snows at Christmas, likes to read Elliot's Journey of the Ma. Each of these was a polis – another of those Greek words like logos which at first sight seems easy to translate into English, in this case as ‘city’. The first time I had read this book I was trying to make sense of the Trinity and how it developed and caused differentiation between sects of the Christian faith. it was worth the effort. Its quite humbling for those who maintain 'the correct doctrines' and at the same time gives one the more justification for preferring the views that one holds. I have a feeling that 'currently reading' may stay the status of this book for quite a while. There was nothing benevolent about the providence which watched over the process. Some”, “Along the coast runs a wide fertile plain, backed to the east by a north–south spine of hills which in the north become mountains; Jerusalem sits in the middle of the hill country. When the steam engine was invented in Alexandria about a hundred years after the birth of Jesus Christ, it remained a toy, and the ancient world failed to make the breakthrough in energy resources which occurred in England seventeen centuries later. A History of Christianity The First Three Thousand Years Diarmaid MacCulloch Allen Lane 1184pp 35 [pounds sterling] ISBN 978 971399869 6 The Cambridge History of Christianity Vol 4, Christianity in Western Europe, c.1100-c.1500 Miri Rubin & Walter Simons (eds.) Quotes By Diarmaid MacCulloch. He also shares some personal facts about his upbringing as an evanglical Christian, his college education, and his ultimate disillusionment with the Christian faith, and the promises of the evanglical Christian "Right", which is still committed to the hope of a miraculous apocalyptic return of the Savior, and the restitution of the human race through death, rebirth and (hopefully?) And I'm sure you'll be mining the 'recommended reading' section at the back of the book be. ‘I'm the one with all the well-meaning rules that don't work out in real life…uh…Christianity.’ One of the many pleasures in Diarmaid MacCulloch's amazingly comprehensive book is getting a handle on what historical basis there is for the rules and doctrines of this prolific and mercurial religion, which nowadays seems characterized by extreme reactions of either perfect secular indifference or increasingly. Note: Rated three out of five stars on Goodreads, as Goodreads defines three stars as "I like it" and two stars as "It's okay". That's a very long span of history, in fact too broad of a scope to cover in great detail even with 1184 pages (actually 1000 pages plus table of contents, notes, bibliography, index and illustrations). It is no wonder this book is over 1000 pages long, I think it could be easily cut down to around 750 if it was written in a more reader-friendly style. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years is a 2009 book by the British ecclesiastical historian Diarmaid MacCulloch. Points and ideas that could easily be made in 1 or 2 sentences usually takes the writer 4 or 5 to get across. I can't list everything. A thorough history of the christian religion from an Oxford don and the son of a Church of England parson whose background and upbringing give the whole book a flavour of what has made the Anglicans or the C of E such a distinctive part of Christanity. This book should have been called Christianity: A Speculative History from a Somewhat Antagonistic Viewpoint. Detailed yet readable, he takes an unbiased look at both the good and bad of the religion, never apologizing for either. Christianity, one of the world’s great religions, has had an incalculable impact on human history. Its quite humbling for those who maintain 'the correct doctrines' and at the same time. It took three library renewals to get through this book (and thanks to an ice storm, the fifth this year!, I still owe the library a one day fine, a whole nickel that they thank you for and dump in a desk drawer with a bunch of rubber bands, and I love living in the country and having that library), and then work kind of slammed me a little, so it’s just been sitting there languishing on my currently-reading shelf for two weeks. He seems equally comfortable recounting the most well-known events in Christianity, like the Council of Nicaea and the Reformation, as he does delving into the most obscure sects and controversies, and he is admirably even-handed when he gets into the weeds of the many, many schisms and splits Christianity has undergone since before the ink was dry on the very first epistle. This history helped connect lots of other historical events and developments for me, as if the religious aspect provided a key element to understanding the past two millennia of Western history, an aspect that has been neglected in other histories. BBC - A History of Christianity 1 of 6 - The First Christianity (English Subtitle) ... [PDF] The First Thousand Years: A Global History of Christianity [Download] Online. But I kept finding myself wanting more. As a double priests kid (both my parents were Anglican clergy) an assumption was usually made that I knew quite a bit about Christianity. 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. Why do so many people read literature without a 'critical' mind. I'm only halfway through and we've already covered: Rome, early popes, African christians, the Orthodox Church, the beginnings of various brotherhoods and convents, ways to pray, Constantine, early theologians and philosophers, pergatory, the energy of God. Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years covers the story of Christianity with (pretty much) all the variations, heresies, and twists and turns from its origins in Judaism, to the history of the early Christian Church, through the Protestant Reformation and Catholic Counterreformation, and up to the present day. 95 people found this helpful. He also uses language, idioms and wordplay that makes reading this book a real chore. This book is seriously insane! This is a very good history. Christianity, one of the world’s great religions, has had an incalculable impact on human history. We will need to consider the politics of the polis at some length to understand just why the Greeks made their remarkable contribution to shaping the West and the versions of Christianity which it created.”, “In the words of the great twentieth-century philosopher-historian R. G. Collingwood: ‘Deep in the mind of every Roman, as in the mind of every Greek, was the unquestioned conviction which Aristotle put into words: that what raised man above the level of barbarism … to live well instead of merely living, was his membership of an actual, physical city.”, “One of his central commands is a commonplace of ancient philosophy, and is a conclusion at which most world religions eventually arrive: ‘whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them’ – what has come to be known as the Golden Rule.18”, “It is always difficult to catch irony and humour across a gap of centuries; but if evanescent tints remain in the phrase ‘Son of Man’, they are much clearer in another distinctive and engaging feature of Jesus’s discourses, the miniature stories or ‘parables’ which illuminate aspects of his message. Unfortunately, after reading the first 300 pages I decided to put it down. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Reason was served her notice as the handmaid of Christian revelation.”. The author of this book is a well published historian author, and he is honest about his personal philosophical perspective on Christianity. So if you want an overview of church history, and don't mind wading through a 1000 page book (though, with 2000 years of history to tell, how much shorter could such a book be?) This was not accurate as I neither had much interest in the subject, nor access to a decent history about the faith. We’d love your help. The polis included the surrounding mountains, fields, woods, shrines, as far as its frontiers; it was the collective mind of the community who made it up, and whose daily interactions and efforts at making decisions came to constitute ‘politics’. ‘What religion am I?’ asks Homer Simpson in one episode of his family's eponymous cartoon. A History of Christianity, a six-part series presented by Diarmaid MacCulloch, an Oxford history professor whose books about Cranmer and the Reformation have been acclaimed as masterpieces. Any book disliked by religious fundamentalist must be on to something! Most of the book is, by nature, extrapolation based on a very fragmented set of documents and conflicting histories, but MacCulloch is always overanxious to undermine Christianity by taking huge leaps of speculation and is never, at least that I saw in the first 150 pages, willing to remain neutral or actually go the other direction. seemingly without effort, macculloch weaves the ideas together, making connections, showing cause and effect, and more often than not doing so seamlessly. All this and I'm not even a Christian. MacCulloch does bring a lot of interesting if not probably important nuggets to the surface. Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years By Diarmaid MacCulloch (Viking, 2010) Haters of history often ask the point of knowing names and dates, pointing out correctly that all of that information can now be found online. A History of Christianity episode 1 – The First Christianity . I was looking for a straight forward, unbiased and thorough history of Christianity so when I found this book at my local bookshop and read the title I assumed that exactly what it was. Weaknesses and glosses seem to multiply the closer he gets to the modern era, but that is partially the danger of moving from popular historian to commentato. First half was more interesting from a historical point of view. Sections. The title provides an early indication that the Ancient Greek and Hebrew roots of Christianity are covered by this book in addition to the past two thousand years that are more commonly accepted as the era of Christianity. ), Prayer and Spirituality in the Early Church III: Liturgy and Life (Strathfield, NSW, 2003), 335–43.”, “THE EXILE AND AFTER This renewed catastrophe was a key event in the history of the people of Israel. When Diarmaid MacCulloch was a small boy, his parents used to drive him round historic churches. Firstly, the author's style of writing is very "busy". Notwithstanding a number of factual errors on modern non-anglophone history, an enjoyable and surprisingly easy read given the ambitious scope of MacCulloch's work. Unfortunately, after reading the first 300 pages I decided to put it down. It was not easy to finish just because of the size of the book, though the style was very readable and engaging. Welcome back. I have a feeling that 'currently reading' may stay the status of this book for quite a while. Yet in the realm of ideas, philosophy and religious practice, Hellenistic civilization created a meeting place for Greek and oriental culture, which made it easy and natural for Jewish and then non-Jewish followers of Jesus Christ to take what they wanted from the ragbag of Greek thought which any moderately educated inhabitant of the Middle East would encounter in everyday conversation.”, “A better answer must lie in the peculiar history of the Greeks which emerged from their early geography: that proliferation of tiny independent communities eventually scattered from Spain to Asia Minor. This is the chief passage point for land traffic from Egypt north-east to all the lands of the Middle East and beyond, especially the successive civilizations which rose and fell around the great rivers of Iraq, the Tigris and Euphrates. I only read the first 150 pages, plenty far enough to understand how MacCulloch feels about Christianity. Most readers will find parts of it objectionable--or, perhaps, find its omissions so. MacCulloch has rectified this with A History Of Christianity. to read 1100+ pages of christianity's history is to read 1100+ pages of world history since christianity has been a prime mover of human history. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the discussion and see a list of open tasks. Put these together and you have an urge to create elaborate patterns to make sense of things and to create a situation where the golden age is just waiting to spring to life again. MacCulloch gives sardonic and playful commentary, emerging from his status as a self-professed "friend of Christianity", as an aid to his herculean task of writing a popular history and prognosis for established Christianity in an era of doubt, while also trying to address modern outbreaks of fervour, from Latter-Day Saints to Pentecostals. I'm what you might call a slightly bewildered agnostic, but I've always had a particular interest in Christianity. A product of electrifying scholarship conveyed with commanding skill, Diarmaid MacCulloch's Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years goes back to the origins of the Hebrew Bible and encompasses Christianity's spread across the globe. The first tipoff is his use of CE and BCE instead of Anno Domini (AD) and BC. i'm rather pleased with myself for getting through this religious history and am very sure that i will be referencing it regularly. Refresh and try again. I'll begin my review this way: there are a few reviewers who did not like this book due to the secular (but by no means anti-Christian) perspective most educated readers would expect from a serious church historian. Cambridge University Press 577pp 100 [pounds sterling] ISBN 978 052181106 4 Points and ideas that could easily be made in 1 or 2 sentences usually takes the writer 4 or 5 to. He”, “Thucydides had grasped that vital historical insight that groups of people behave differently and have different motivations from individual human beings, and that they often behave far more discreditably than individuals.”, “The writing and telling of history is bedevilled by two human neuroses: horror at the desperate shapelessness and seeming lack of pattern in events, and regret for a lost golden age, a moment of happiness when all was well. I didn't get bored throughout; quite the opposite--I was eager to read and learn more. Welcome back. 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