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A Short History of Christianity

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For the non-specialist, Martin Marty traces the church's quest through twenty centuries for unity, sanctity, universality, and authentic witness. He delves into the disparity between the ideals of the church and historical realty in order to provide a brilliant, instructive, and eminently fair statement of the history of Christianity from its founding to the present day. I ...more
Paperback, Revised, 348 pages
Published January 1st 1987 by Augsburg Fortress Publishing (first published 1980)
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Andrew
Aug 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
I can't imagine a more accessible and lucid overview of Christianity than Martin Marty's 1959 hidden classic. Brevity is its strength and if Marty gets a little breezy and perhaps a little too pleased with his own prose versatility you pay it no mind and keep gathering up tons of useful information while you eat peanuts and lay on your brown sofa.

Marty is a now retired University of Chicago professor and author of over 50 books about religion, history, ethics, an all around nice guy, and gifted
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Jen
May 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Props, first and foremost, to Marty for tackling an incredible amount of history and explanation in one book. And a fine job of it he does, too, even if quite a bit of time is spent in the Middle Ages (and this coming from a medievalist!). The language is accessible, the organization is interesting and easy to follow, the topics are broken down enough to be understandable without being spoon-fed. A lot is glossed or missing entirely, of course, but for the sake of brevity it had to be done.
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Dave Mevis
Mar 03, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: No one, just yet.
Recommended to Dave by: Dad
So far it is pretty scholarly and technical. We'll see if I make it through this one. This has been on loan to me from my dad for the better part of two decades. Time to read or return...
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Slow reading, but engrossing.
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Martin Emil Marty is an American Lutheran religious scholar who has written extensively on 19th century and 20th century American religion. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1956, and served as a Lutheran pastor from 1952 to 1962 in the suburbs of Chicago. From 1963 to 1998 he taught at the University of Chicago Divinity School, held an endowed chair, and now holds emeritus sta ...more