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Christianity: A Global History

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David Chidester, one of the world's foremost scholars of religion, traces Christianity's growth and development from the time of Jesus to the dawn of the third millennium, revealing its rich diversity through the deeds and beliefs of heretics and saints, witches and healers, preachers and inquisitors. Chidester explores the emergence of the major streams of Christian ...more
Paperback, 656 pages
Published November 27th 2001 by HarperOne (first published 2000)
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Anna Johnstone
Set text for Open University module AA307 (Religion in History: Conflict Conversion and Coexistence)
L Frost
Nov 14, 2016 L Frost rated it liked it
This is a long book. Sections of it move quickly and other areas bog down. While overall the author presents the information in chronological order,at times the information is organized topically instead. As the title states, it is a global history covering the ancient world to Europe, Africa, Asia, India and the US. There were some very interesting portions. But there were other sections it seemed like the author rambled and didn't clearly present the essential information. It's a good source ...more
Vanessa Santos
This book was not exactly what I was looking for when I first picked it up – though that’s more my fault than the book’s. I wanted more of a politically based history, focusing more in the internal structure of Christianity. Which I understand isn’t exactly easy to do, as “Christianity” is a big umbrella under which many denominations find shelter – also part of what I wanted to see explored. And it was, but in a different way than what I expected.

This book provided a much wider scope: it looked
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Michel Van Goethem
Nov 01, 2015 Michel Van Goethem rated it it was amazing
Christianity: A Global History
by David Chidester

"It takes a brave author to write this kind of history, where every chapter, in some cases every sentence, requires passing through territory that has been analyzed, debated, deconstructed and reassembled for 2,000 years. Yet Chidester (professor of comparative religion at Cape Town University) is up to the task, providing a readable, objective sweep of Christian history that reflects an admirable knowledge of the details without ever losing sight
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Johanne
Sep 07, 2012 Johanne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Hmmmm - I read this for my OU A307 course. It does what it says - looks at 2000 years of christianity. The last 200 years seemed rushed compared to some tedious details of early christianity. There were some interesting bits - the holy greyhound, some funny bits - stealing each others relics, some eye opening bits - differences between various sects & schisms and some bits you'd expect - the obsession with sex - with who, how often and when! Good if this is your thing but be warned its about ...more
Tamara
Sep 27, 2007 Tamara rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
This book is incredible in its scope and detail. Due to the influence of Christianity on much of history, this is important reading for people of any faith. Eye-opening; especially the sections about the creation of the biblical canon.
Clint
Feb 01, 2016 Clint rated it liked it
Shelves: religion, history
3.0 - An honest and objective work that covers a lot of ground. There were some areas that I felt were given too much attention and others that I was interested in that were given too little, but that's inevitable in a book with this broad of scope. Overall a very interesting read.
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Although this was required reading for a class I actually enjoyed and decided it needed to remain in my library. I am sure I will refer to it again and again in preparation for sermons.
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David Chidester is a Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Cape Town.
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