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A History of Christianity [Paperback]

Paul Johnson
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1 Aug 1979
First published in 1976, Paul Johnson's exceptional study of Christianity has been loved and widely hailed for its intensive research, writing, and magnitude. In a highly readable companion to books on faith and history, the scholar and author Johnson has illuminated the Christian world and its fascinating history in a way that no other has.

In "the best one-volume history of Christianity ever done," according to The Christian Century, Johnson takes off in the year 49 with his namesake the apostle Paul. Thus beginning an ambitious quest to paint the centuries since the founding of a little-known "Jesus Sect", A History of Christianity explores to a great degree the evolution of the Western world. With an unbiased and overall optimistic tone, Johnson traces the fantastic scope of the consequent sects of Christianity and the people who followed them. Information drawn from extensive and varied sources from around the world makes this history as credible as it is reliable. Invaluable understanding of the framework of modern Christianity - and its trials and tribulations throughout history - has never before been contained in such a captivating work.

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (1 Aug 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689705913
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689705915
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.2 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,050,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in 1928 and educated at Magdalene College, Oxford, Paul Johnson was editor of the influential English weekly, The New Statesman, from 1964-1970, and is now Director, New Statesman Publishing Company. Mr. Johnson's prodigious scholarship and varied interests are evident in the themes of his books. Since publication of A History of Christianity he has written Enemies of Society, The Civilization of Ancient Egypt and Civilizations of the Holy Land. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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SOME TIME ABOUT THE MIDDLE of the first century AD, and very likely in the year 49, Paul of Tarsus travelled south from Antioch to Jerusalem and there met the surviving followers of Jesus of Nazareth, who had been crucified about sixteen years before. Read the first page
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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This is an excellent effort in detailing the history of
Christianity for non-historians. The author has the credentials and passion for giving the reader the facts in
a well written and entertainig way.
The struggle for the creation of a faith is very well detailed with the early councils and synods of the Church. What Christians believe today and why they believe it is clearly spelt out.
The index could be more thorough and in-text references to
the extensive bibliography would be welcome additions.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful insights on every page 17 Aug 1999
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One of my favourite books. Paul is a brilliant populist historian (no idea how he rates with the 'official' community). But the reader should know he is a committed Catholic. Nontheless, anyone from Anglican to athiest would find this a dazzling read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Barnburner! 27 Jan 1997
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It amazed me how Johnson could sort through all the details of two millenia of Christianity and present them in an order that was not only rational, but spellbinding. His committment is to honest investigation, yet he demonstrates that despite the truth about some of the horrors of church history, the Christian faith indeed has something to offer the individual and the world.

Paul B.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Paul Johnson surveys 2000 years of Christ 19 April 2010
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To survey 2000 years adequately in 500 years is quite an achievement. Most readable and educational, although I wish there were more of Christ and His glory than of religion.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time 31 Oct 2011
While the author shows that indeed, he has a vast knowledge of the subject matter, why he refuses to impart any of it on the reader is beyond me. His prose is so purple so as to make a harlequin novelist blush. He seemed more preoccupied with determining whether a certain subject in the history of Christianity was or wasn't "oversexed" as if this point would make some difference. Having read a third of this book and not getting anything out of it, I gave up. I would advise passing on this one.
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