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The Story of Christianity: A Chronicle of Christian Civilization From Ancient Rome to Today

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Sumptuously illustrated with hundreds of gorgeous photographs, artifacts, and maps, The Story of Christianity focuses on the rich social and cultural history of Christianity through the ages, from its roots in Palestine to its triumph as a global movement, told through a series of dramatic turning points and unforgettable people. Beginning with the story of Jesus' life, au ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published October 28th 2014 by National Geographic
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Nov 08, 2016 Lucy rated it really liked it
Lavishly illustrated with maps, gorgeous photos of artwork, objects and people. Timelines at the bottom of most pages.
Chapters are: The Life of Jesus; The Early Christians; The Byzantine Empire; Expansion into Europe; Christianity in the East; The Age of Conflict; The Medieval Church and the Reformation; The Age of Discovery; The Age of Enlightenment; The Age of Colonialism; The Modern World. Epilog: Christianity in the 21st Century. Also included is a list of Further Reading.
For a secular publication, 'Story' is ok.
It certainly doesn't seem to hold any hate for the church, but does have a bias toward political correctness.
The re telling of Jesus' life is done very briefly with much hand waving and throat clearing. Obviously your suppose to be familiar with the idea of Jesus as the son of God, and redeemer, because the text isn't so clear.
Interestingly the crusades are surprisingly well handled , though there is much back bending to make the Muslims equal to Christia
Jonathan Jones
Aug 13, 2015 Jonathan Jones rated it it was amazing
Shelves: church-history
This is a book that is well written, with the quality of illustrations and photographs that can only come from National Geographic! It provides the reader with a good overview of the Christianity, from it's beginnings, to the modern day. While there is a lot information of the faith,from the early days to the end of the Renaissance; the sections on the Modern Age seem a little thin. Still, for someone looking for a good overview of the faith, this is the book to get.
David Weller
May 13, 2015 David Weller rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
It's important to read this book, because it's about Christian history from the beginnings to today. Perhaps the title's "Story" should be replaced with "Outline." Lots of pictures and sidebars make it even more interesting.
Apr 19, 2016 Jane rated it liked it
Shelves: hist-bio
Don't try to read without bright light - no problem with text, but sidebars, map labels, and captions are in paler type.
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Feb 12, 2016 Aiden Paul rated it liked it
“Interesting history book, beautiful photos and drawings, but I wonder how Christian this book is when they use the politically correct dates of "BCE" and "CE" and not the Christian "BC" and "AD". ”
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JEAN-PIERRE ISBOUTS is a humanities scholar and graduate professor in the doctoral programs at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California. He has published widely on the origins of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, including the bestseller Biblical World: An Illustrated Atlas; Young Jesus: Restoring the "Lost Years" of a Social Activist and Religious Dissident; From Moses to ...more
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