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A Short History of Christianity [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Tomkins
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Worshipped by 2 billion Christians worldwide, Jesus Christ is the most famous human being ever. Stephen Tomkins takes the reader on a enlightening and enjoyable journey through the key stages of Christian development, covering the people, the events, the movements, the controversies and the expansion of the Church in this lively ‘warts and all’ portrait. The book begins with the life of Jesus before looking at the spread of the early church and the Roman Empire. Tomkins then continues the story of Christianity right up to the present day, including discussion of topics such as: the Eastern church, battles between East and West, the Reformation, the Counter-Reformation, the Enlightenment and the impact of science. The author also provides a snapshot of the worldwide church of the 21st century and explores the challenges it faces.

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About the Author

STEPHEN TOMKINS has a PhD in Church History at London Bible College and a contributing editor to the Ship of Fools website. He is the author of John Wesley: A Biography (Lion, 2003) and Paul and His World (Lion, 2004).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 696 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Publisher: Lion Books (12 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00992YC36
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #434,998 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Money well spent 8 Nov. 2007
I can't compare this to other works on the history of Christianity because I've never read any... which demonstrates, perhaps, that this book is attractive and accessible to people who don't normally pick up that sort of thing.

I found it a useful and entertaining overview. It put my vague and half-understood notions about the history of the faith into context and I now feel as though I have some sort of framework in which to find out more.

It was also, in places, extremely funny. Money well spent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars maybe i'm stupid 16 Aug. 2007
I may not be as cultured as the other reviewer, but I found this book interesting and accessible. I haven't read many books on this theme, but I am now prompted to explore further. An easy read, and well worth a few quid.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
An entertaining and informative romp through the history of Christianity; entertaining as Stephen Tomkin's humour shines through and informative as many aspects I was unaware of were discussed, albeit briefly [it is a *short* history!:] The information on the 20th Century was particularly interesting to me as it was an area I did not have much knowledge in, even if I did know some of the names.
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Surprisingly enough, this has turned out to be one of the most leafed-through books in my library. I love Tomkins' balanced writing. He manages to discuss a highly sensitive and often dreary subject matter in a light, highly accessible tone, without sacrificing either clarity or honesty. As someone who finds Dawkins' single-sided polemic just as tiresome as the official Church's often iodine version of history, I welcome a book that describes how Christianity has shaped the modern world for better and for worse.

For anyone wishing to understand our world, this is a must-read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars excellent view of two thousand years history 7 Mar. 2014
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Fast moving, amusing, informative, encouraging and enjoyable read. Always left you wanting a little bit more about test particular period of Church history!
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