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4.0 out of 5 stars Part 1., 22 Dec 2008
This review is from: 2000 Years of Christ's Power Volume 1: Part 1 (Paperback)
I have to admit I walked past this book several times when in my local Christian bookshop. The spine just looked a bit weird. A thin-faced bearded man peered out from below the bold yellow writing of the title. I was later to find out that it was Athanasius of Alexandria who so piercingly scared me off to another corner of the shop. The cover just isn't very inspiring and looks a little as if it was designed by a high school media studies student.

But don't let that put the reader off. Prior to reading this book, I had no interest and little or no knowledge of the early history of the Christian Church. This was very quickly changed and Needham has an easy to read conversational writing style which lends itself to a simplified but unabridged account of early Church history. He skilfully guides the reader through the web of names and events, separating the heroes from the heretics. A helpful section at the end of each chapter summarises the characters mentioned and includes significant writings from a few of the most important. An introductory chapter is included to explain dates, timelines and Roman numerals which is helpful for the reader if all he got in History class was detention.

Some readers may be put off a little by Needham's anti-paedo baptism digs but it's a small complaint in an otherwise thoroughly adequate introduction to Christian history.
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Initial post: 31 Jul 2014 00:22:54 BDT
D. Kinsella says:
Thanks for the review. I'm wondering though, if it is at all possible to write an unabridged history of the Church. Also, you mention the author makes some anti-paedobaptist digs. For much of Church history that would have made him the heretic. I'm wondering how does he reconcile that? I'm not a paedobaptist btw.
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