A History of Christianity
"It is almost 2000 years since the birth of Jesus Christ...during these two millennia Christianity has proved more influential in shaping human destiny than any other institutional philosophy, but there are now signs that its period of predominance is drawing to a close, thereby inviting a retrospective and a balance sheet.
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Sometimes a thing will quack and waddle and not be a duck. Religion is the human shape which has grown up around a few crucial questions, in the middle of which are “where did all this come from?” and “what’s going to happen to meeee-eee-eee?”, the twin poles of life (we’re here) and death (....and now we’re not). Along the way religion has accreted to itself morality and ritual, rules for getting by. Atheists think that because we now know certain thing...more
The topic may seem daunting for those not fond of reading history books, least of all religious history. This is not a light-weight coffee table book but is completely text-based (not a single photo). But I find this book fascinating as Paul Johnson is such a good story teller and gives such interesting analysis that you would find it hard to put this book down.
Unlike some books on the history of Christianit...more
As usual, Johnson does not hold back or whitewash the facts of history. The history of Christianity is brutal, inconsistent, and dark at times. But can also be heroic and inspiring.
As an LDS reader, who believes the Church fell into apostacy during the early christian era and then was restored in modern times, the book gav...more
Many people wish we would just go away, and stop with our "silly" claims for the Divine lineage of a nobody Jewish carpenter born in very obscure circumstances, who died at age 33, was betrayed by one of his closest followers and executed...more
I didn't finish it, but I'm finished with it. His doubt over the authenticity and reliability of scripture shadows his interpretation of historical events. He does not interpret History as someone who interprets Scripture well. His academic and scientific tone certainly give him scholarly bona fides, but puts his orthodoxy in serious question.
The contradictions between pagan sources and the NT ought not to cast doubt on scripture's accuracy nec...more
Also, the very worst habits of journalism are apparent in this work. Author's approach to citations is rather unscrupulous as he seems very ready to mingle them with his own thoughts on the matter so that you cannot tell one from the other.
On the whole one of the worst things I ever read.
Paul Johnson has published over 40 books incl...more