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Worth buying for anyone who has an interest in the history of Christianity
on 18 March 2010
I bought this book and the accompanying DVD a couple of weeks ago, and have watched the DVD and am now making my way through the book. The DVD and book (so far) complement each other beautifully. The way I am approaching them is that the DVD gives the overview and the book the detail. In addition, having studied aspects of the history of Christianity at university, I have not yet found too much about which to quibble. I think MacCulloch's views on the early controversies and councils are fair and balanced, and I am delighted with his coverage of the Russian and Oriental Orthodox Churches whose contributions are not well known in the West.
I am sure I will find issues in which I disagree with MacCulloch, but that's the nature of historical research and reflection upon it. One reviewer writes of MacCulloch's anti-Catholic bias, but I have not got that far into the book, and may update this review later. However, so far, I think it is a fair and sensitive history of the subject that brings the reader up-to-date with contemporary research.
In short, this book and its accompanying DVD are worth buying for anyone who has an interest in the history of Christianity.