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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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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.
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!
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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...more
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