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A Nearly Infallible History of Christianity [Hardcover]

Nick Page
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10 Oct 2013

From Abelard to Zwingli, via a multitude of saints and sinners, Nick Page guides us through the creeds, the councils, the buildings and the background of the Christian church in an illuminating, and perhaps ever so slightly irreverent way.

Well-known as a writer, speaker, unlicensed historian and general information-monger, Nick Page combines in-depth research, historical analysis and cutting-edge guesswork to explore how on earth the Christian church has survived all that 2,000 years of heroes, villains and misfits could throw at it (mostly from the inside) to remain one of the most influential forces in the world today.

"I was predestined to read this." John Calvin.

"I felt my heart strangely warmed. Or it could have been indigestion." John Wesley.

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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (10 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444750127
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444750126
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 4 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 175,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Essential reading...enlightening and informative...you will be sure to learn something new. (Church of England Newspaper, on THE LONGEST WEEK)

This is a book written by a highly experienced, technically brilliant and detailed writer. (Church of England Newspaper, on THE LONGEST WEEK)

'Nick Page's books are always thoroughly researched and engagingly written, and this one is no exception.' (The Good Book Stall)

'Author of the most eye-catching and provocative titles in the Christian book market, Nick Page's books are always provocative, dangerous and refreshingly well written.' (Eden)

Nick guid[es] us through the history of the Christian church in his slightly irreverent and humorous way, providing unique insights. (Together Magazine 2013-10-13)

Nick Page has done it again. Another cracking book professing to be humorous, silly and light- hearted, whilst really being intelligent and erudite... this book is the perfect starter book for anyone who needs to know something about church history, actually wants to understand what they are reading, and the reasons why it was so important... Add into this the great section headers, cartoons and other ephemera within it and you have a cracking gift or enjoyable read for anyone who wants to know just a little more. (Together 2013-12-13)

ALTHOUGH it is never stated explicitly, Nick Page's Nearly Infallible History of Christianity is a sort of Horrible Histories brought to bear on belief. Like that popular series, its tone is light and breezy... [a] fertile, inventive, and imaginative pen. (Willian Whyte The Church Times)

Written in a chatty style designed to invite people in to share the authors fascination with his subject, and to keep them intrigued with the use of jokes and funny illustrations, this is, in fact, quite a serious history, in spite of itself. (Editor's Choice The Good Book Guide 2013-12-01)

Written in a chatty style, this is a serious look at the long and tangled history of Christianity, its saints, martyrs, Crusades, writers and thinkers. (Bestsellers The Good Book Guide 2014-03-27)

I've read many books on Church History, but this is the first which made me laugh out loud - on several occasions. [...]. [I]f you like '1066 and All That', you will relish it and the footnotes can be deeply thought provoking. (Bestsellers The Newspaper 2014-04-01)

'A Nearly Infallible History of Christianity' is an accessible, provocative and very funny history of the church. (Jumoke Fashola BBC Radio London 2014-05-04)

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Everything you need to know about the history of the Christian church - and a fair few bits you didn't want to know thrown in for good measure.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Brilliant 10 May 2014
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We need to all lift the lid on 2000 or so years of exciting and scarey and frequently tragic, but very laughable history of Christian believers. What has often been intolerably boring , dusty books for scholars with most Christians only going as far as gormless looking saints looking out from stained glass windows that we can just about remember the names of , or when a church magazine boringly announces predictably announces that next Tuesday is the feast of St Ethelred the very unready, and we don't even share a slice of buttered toast in their memory. What kind of a feast is that! .
Nick Page in this wonderful action packed book helps us to see something of the real mix up of heroes and villains, the struggles conflicts and disputes of passionate believers against people using and abusing power inside and outside churches. . So much of the story is about when when dominance of a church helped dominance by a king or baron or bishop of the people for their own agenda. Using material like this is just brilliant. Should be compulsory reading for all church leaders . I have a bit of a dream that the BBC would one day offer to commission Nick Page to do a TV series based on this! Or at least it would be great to explore cartoons or a powerpoint presentation to help us share some of the material with people who do not normally do books.
In the meantime what are your favorite bits?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 10 Mar 2014
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I love history, however not all authors in the genre is engaging. You cannot accuse Mr Page of this sin, no sir! He is sharp, witty (sometimes actually downright funny) and drawing you into story, whilst staying factual. Very good read...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, informative and great fun 31 May 2014
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Seldom is a book about Christian history entertaining as well as informing but Nick Page pulls off both in this brilliant synthesis of a huge swathe of history. I have been so impressed that I have given away several copies and each person has actually read them (which says everything really!)
I am studying for a masters degree in Kingdom Theology and it surprised me how many times I have referred back to this book to get a perspective on issues such as: the creeds, the early church, the mystics, monasticism, etc. Nick links geography and social perspectives covering 2,000 years of confusing turmoil, strange terminology, and some very odd theological concepts to provide a wonderful big picture of God at work in the world.
Highly commended, whether you are a scholar or just vaguely interested.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A really captivating read 29 April 2014
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The insight that this book gives to the way we think or have our views shaped was interesting - take the time to get into it and the conclusion is really challenging
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