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The Story of Christianity
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on 14 April 2015
A major strength of David Bentley Hart's study is the fact that it has a truly ecumenical approach. While Hart is a Theologian of the Eastern Orthodox Church, he nonetheless provides a study of all Churches, movements and includes the sects that essentially failed or went extinct.
Hart includes all the historical events one would expect, the early Church Councils, the Great Schism of 1054, the Reformation and the Enlightenment, but his concluding chapter has some ground breaking insights.
Apparently, movements such as Pentecostal and Charismatic are more widespread than one (or at least this reader) had imagined and it's now not inconceivable to encounter a Catholic church service involving Spiritual gifts.
But his most sobering analysis is in Christianity's global shift from north to south, and from East to West.
Hart concludes that while Church numbers may be declining in Europe and the US, Christianity has literally exploded in Africa and is growing ever faster in China, and perhaps this is where Christianity's future may be strongest.
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on 13 March 2014
I gave this book 5 stars as of all the history books of the church and Christianity I have read this one didn't confuse or lose me on route. Well written in plain English and covers the main history of Christianity across the world and doesn't ignore the East as some other have. it may not be for university students but if you want to know the journey taken so far it's ideal.
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on 9 November 2017
Loved it! Comprehensive yet brief, will keep it as a guide for historical facts about the Church and Christianity. Amazing.
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on 8 December 2015
Scholarly but very engaging for the reader.Covers a vast amount of ground and every phase of Christianity.
Slow to get into ,but well worth the effort!
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on 25 April 2017
fast-moving, well-written, concise history
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on 4 April 2015
Brilliant
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on 15 September 2014
love it
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on 19 June 2017
I am not reviewing the book's actual content at this point as I am not very far through, however, for some odd reason there are three different fonts used interchangeably throughout the book so far. Maybe I'm missing something, it just seems very strange to have such different fonts in a book written by one man - one section uses one font and then the next changes to the other font - strange, I imagine some publishing error.
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on 19 May 2015
It packs the best punch for its size. I have read other books which are supposed to do the same thing, this one is relatively light and inexpensive, and it does what the title says it does, without overlooking the East.
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on 5 November 2013
At first I thought it was just going to be another potted Church history then realised it had thing absent from other one volume Church histories such as the chapter on the East Syrian Church. The language is simple and clear without attempting to be 'precious'.
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