Chidester explores the emergence of the major streams of Christian thought and practice, distilling the cultural history of the Church and its impact on the world into this superbly readable book. Alongside this broad panorama is a richly human story that the author brilliantly encapsulates in incisive character sketches and historical vignettes. Christianity, in all its many facets, has been and continues to be one of the most influential forces in history. Chidester shows that this religion, with its roots deep in the ancient world, has always been in a constant state of evolution, affecting and affected by the religions and societies around it. At times Christianity has coexisted peacefully with other forms of belief, exchanging ideas and practices with them. At other times profound, even violent, conflict has arisen.
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Shelves: non-fiction , religion-spirituality This book was not exactly what I was looking for when I first picked it up though thats more my fault than the books. I wanted more of a politically based history, focusing more in the internal structure of Christianity. Which I understand isnt exactly easy to do, as Christianity is a big umbrella under which many denominations find shelter also part of what I wanted to see explored.
And it was, but in a different way than what I expected. This book provided a much wider scope: it looked into the evolution of beliefs and ideas, the expansion and mutation of thoughts as it spread across the world, and the adaptability according to different time frames and geopolitical realities. The ending was quite abrupt and not very well explored. I do think the later part of history was lacking, in comparison to the early history. That being said, it was a fascinating book.
Overall it was very worth a read, written clearly and without too many flourishes. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and definitely recommend it, if the topic interests you, and especially if you want an introduction on a universal evolution of Christianity as a religion, as a social component, and as a historically significant instrument.
Yet Chidester professor of comparative religion at Cape Town University is up to the task, providing a readable, objective sweep of Christian history that reflects an admirable knowledge of the details without ever losing sight Christianity: A Global History by David Chidester "It takes a brave author to write this kind of history, where every chapter, in some cases every sentence, requires passing through territory that has been analyzed, debated, deconstructed and reassembled for 2, years.
Yet Chidester professor of comparative religion at Cape Town University is up to the task, providing a readable, objective sweep of Christian history that reflects an admirable knowledge of the details without ever losing sight of the larger currents.
Perhaps necessarily, his most intriguing chapters come in the final third of the book, where there is less familiar material to explore, though each of the first two sections offers a lucid summary of current scholarship.
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