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A candid and wide-ranging overview of the world's largest religion, Linda Woodhead distinguishes three main types of Christianity—Church, Biblical, and Mystical—examining their struggles with one another and with the wider society. Steering away from an idealistic approach, she considers Christianity's relations with worldly power and its attempts to achieve social, politi ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 7th 2010 by Sterling
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Jul 20, 2013 Wade rated it really liked it
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This is a nice potted history of how the Christian Church has come about in the last two thousand years. I like how Woodhead explores this without any particular agenda, which is a refreshing take. It also briefly explores how Christianity had mystical elements at the beginning, which have been all but squashed by the organised church.

My only complaint is that I wish it was longer!
Feb 23, 2016 Jen added it
Recommends it for: anyone who has a brain (even a non-believing one!)
Shelves: campaign, level-1-red

Writer Linda Woodhead proves a splendid way of discussing Christianity as a religion of significance—but with a very non-bias approach—giving facts of the fundamentals of Christianity and providing vital inclusions from a tremendous history.

After finishing this book in little over a day (taking notes along the way) I immediately scooped up a bookoo of copies to be able to give to folks because of how incredibly informative it is. I certainly consider myself a Christian but I definitely did not
Feb 24, 2014 Kellie rated it it was ok
This was not an easy read. I probably should have started with something more basic than this. It details the history of Christianity from its inception to now. I feel that as I continue in the journey I will read this again and understand it better.
Feb 02, 2016 Natalie rated it it was amazing
A broad and unbiased introduction to the history of Christianity, this easy-to-understand book reads like a great story that you can't put down!
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Quick overview of Christianity. The writing was a tad droll, cold and uninspiring. The artwork featured within the pages is lovely.
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Linda Woodhead MBE MA DD is Professor in the sociology of religion in the Department of Politics, Philosophy & Religion at Lancaster University. She is best known for her work on religious change since the 1980s, and for initiating public debates about faith. She has been described by Matthew Taylor, head of the Royal Society of Arts as ‘one of the world’s
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