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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Lion Books (19 Aug. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745951449
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745951447
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 434,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By O Theophilus on 8 Nov. 2007
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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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. H. J. Watson on 16 Aug. 2007
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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 By I. Holder on 14 Mar. 2010
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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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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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