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Overview Illustrations and essays provide a chronological look at the changing concepts of Christianity
Publishers Description Spanning two thousand years of stirring religious, cultural and political events, this lavishly illustrated volume provides the most authoritative and accessible history of Christianity ever published for the general reader. The impact of Christianity on world civilization is almost incalculable, and in exploring this rich heritage, nineteen leading scholars range from the earliest origins to the present day to examine virtually every aspect of the faith. They discuss the apostle Peter and Roman Emperor Constantine, describe the role of Charlemagne in the expansion of the religion, and assess medieval scholasticism and the influence of Thomas Aquinas. The profound changes that occurred during both the Reformation and the Enlightenment are fully treated in chapters that offer revealing portraits of such key figures as Erasmus, Luther, Calvin, Wesley, and Rousseau. Fully one third of the book covers Christianity since 1800--with special studies of the faith as practiced in Britain and Europe, North and South America, Africa, India, and the Far East--offering a compelling continuous narrative filled with insight into the enormously diverse Christian world. In the final chapters, the authors consider questions of contemporary Christian theology, conscience and belief, and explore new concepts of Christian community. Over 350 beautiful illustrations--including 32 full color plates--grace the text, ranging from mosaics, paintings and sculptures, to architecture and modern art. There are also ten maps, a chronology of important events, and an annotated guide to further reading. Throughout, the book reflects the changing world in which Christians have found themselves, and the many ways in which, individually and through the institutions of the church, they in turn have influenced history. Comprehensive, vividly narrated, and exquisitely produced, this magnificent book captures the richness and vitality of Christian thought and culture throughout the ages.
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Studio: Oxford University Press, USA
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.62" Width: 7.42" Height: 1.53" Weight: 3.7 lbs.
Release Date Jun 28, 2001
Publisher Oxford University Press
ISBN 0192854399 ISBN13 9780192854391
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More About John McManners
John McManners is a Fellow of All Souls College, and Regius Professor Emeritus of Ecclesiastical History at the University of Oxford. He has written extensively on French and European history. His fifth book, Death and the Enlightenment (OUP, 1981), was awarded the Wolfson Literary Prize for History, and was one of The Times ten best non-fiction books of the year.
John McManners has an academic affiliation as follows - All Souls College, Oxford All Souls College, Oxford (Emeritus) All Sou.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Oxford Illustrated History of Christianity (Oxford Illustrated Histories)?
Very Good Overview of the Growth and Spread of Christianity Mar 9, 2005
The Oxford folks have produced a very good overview of the Christian world from the death of Christ to the present time.
This book gives a good accounting of the major doctrinal and organizational challenges facing Christendom over the last two centuries as well as detailing its growth from a band of Jewish reformers to the world wide force it is today.
I would have liked a little more on the early rise and struggle of the church to find its place both doctrinally and in the Roman world, but this is a very solid book for someone wanting to explore the breadth of Christianity's two millennia.
A good overall history, but very Anglocentric. Dec 21, 1999
I gave this book three stars because it has some very good qualities, and some qualities that detract from it. First, it offers a history of Christianity that neither focuses on the positive aspects nor on the negative aspects of the religion. Instead, it attempts to offer an objective retelling of the story of Christianity's spread. As far as this goes, I recommend this book.
There are two problems with this book, however. First, it is certainly very biased toward the British. Written by many English scholars, this is not terribly surprising considering their propensity for a superiority complex. But, if one can ignore this bias, and even laugh at it in some places, it does not take away from the learning experience of reading this book. What does harm this experinece are the assumptions that the authors make about the knowledge of their audience. I have a fairly good background in Christian history, and I read this to fill in some of the gaps. What I found were a lot of teasers to stories I did not know. The authors would mention some fairly obscure person or event without elaboration, expecting the reader to understand what he/she was talking about. This became quite annoying after awhile.
In conclusion, this book is a good read for anyone who wants to learn more about Christian history, but don't expect it to be comprehensive.