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A History of Christianity Paperback – 1 Aug 1979

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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: 4.4 x 15.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,280,505 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 By A Customer on 30 Dec. 1996
Format: Paperback
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 By A Customer on 17 Aug. 1999
Format: Paperback
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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To provide a history of Christianity is in itself a daunting task, even more so if one wants to write a work bereft of doctrinal and sectarian bias, and available to a general readership. Paul Johnson has done just that. For a book originally published in 1975 to stay in print for such a time, when the field of history is constantly being updated, replaced, and revised, circulation of non-fiction is often short-lived. Paul Johnson’s work has proved durable, and for good reason.
Paul Johnson begins not with the life of Jesus of Nazareth, but rather with the early Christians, namely the surviving Apostles and Paul, and proceeds to examine the foundation of the early Church. While it may be fashionable to say that St Paul was a corruptor of Christ’s teachings, St Paul is instead presented as the reformer who gave Christianity it’s durability, rather than simply fading as just another movement within the wide body of Judaism.
While we may be familiar with the critical moments in Christian history, such as the conversion of Constantine, Johnson sheds interesting light on this chapter of history by examining why Christianity, and not Judaism, was subject to Roman persecution, and the motivations of Constantine in becoming a Christian.
The key part of the chapter on the Dark Ages is Charlemagne, but Johnson sheds new light (no pun intended) on how Christianity was a source of illumination in another-wise dark age.
Johnson examines the motivations and reasons behind the Crusades, revealing that it often attracted the worst of society, but at the same time, so did Monasticism.
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