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A History of Christianity [Paperback]

By Owen Chadwick (Author)
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Eminent church historian Owen Chadwick has written this original, sweeping history of the Christian faith. Using layman's language, he surveys the lives of Christians over two millennia. A" History of Christianity" is essential reading for anyone interested in one of the most powerful influences on global civilization.


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A History of Christianity by Owen Chadwick has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 12/31/2008 page 114
  • Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/2002 page 41
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2004 page 86
  • Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/2007 page 65


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Studio: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages   304
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 8.75" Height: 10.25"
Weight:   2.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 15, 1998
Publisher   St. Martin's Griffin
Edition  Us  
ISBN  0312187238  
ISBN13  9780312187231  


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Owen Chadwick was Regius Professor of Modern History at Cambridge from 1968 to 1983. He has written many books, including "The Reformation," "The Victorian Church," "The Popes and European Revolution," as a result of which he was awarded the Wolfson Prize for history, and "Michael Ramsey."

Owen Chadwick has an academic affiliation as follows - Cambridge University (Emeritus) University of Cambridge University of.

Owen Chadwick has published or released items in the following series...

  1. Classics of Western Spirituality (Paperback)
  2. Hist of the Church
  3. Library of Christian Classics (Paperback Westminster)
  4. Oxford History of the Christian Church
  5. Victorian Church, 1829-1848


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Excellent Book  Jan 7, 2007
I saw this book in the bookstore and it was just what i was looking for.
I certainly needed touching up on my Christian knowledge.I knew the bare essentials.This book is wonderfully made..
One thing i realy like about this book is the excellent drawings and photographs.
Owen Chadwick an eminent histrian has written an original,sweeping history of the Christian faith from the perspective of a peoples religion.
It talks about how its origins as a Jewish sect and then how Europe was converted.It spread to Americas,much of Africa and parts of the East.
Amazing what one man can do.If jesus wasnt the most famous man in history the who was?I mean kings and Queens...Presidents die,or get beaten in an election and we wait for the next one to take their place.But the name Jesus lives on and on.Its incredible from one mans perspective the influence he had on the outside world....the spirit lives.
This is a very informative look at Christianity.
 
Excellent Book  Jan 7, 2007
I saw this book in the bookstore and it was just what i was looking for.
I certainly needed touching up on my Christian knowledge.I knew the bare essentials.This book is wonderfully made..
One thing i realy like about this book is the excellent drawings and photographs.
Owen Chadwick an eminent histrian has written an original,sweeping history of the Christian faith from the perspective of a peoples religion.
It talks about how its origins as a Jewish sect and then how Europe was converted.It spread to Americas,much of Africa and parts of the East.
Amazing what one man can do.If jesus wasnt the most famous man in history the who was?I mean kings and Queens...Presidents die,or get beaten in an election and we wait for the next one to take their place.But the name Jesus lives on and on.Its incredible from one mans perspective the influence he had on the outside world....the spirit lives.
This is a very informative look at Christianity.
 
Aptly Titled  Jul 11, 2006
Owen Chadwick's "A History of Christianity" has apparently been reprinted in 2005 with different cover art. I am reviewing here the newer printing. This book presents what is known about the history of Christianity in a compact edition (approx 300 pp). It has been interesting to compare this view with Porter's view (Jesus Christ: the Jesus of History and the Christ of Faith) of the history and development of Christianity. Chadwick is the longer and deeper read of the two, as might be expected since it addresses Christianity more than Christ alone. The early evolution of Christianity and its extinct branches might be news to many Christians. The development of the Bible as a single entity might be shocking to many. The parallelisms among Biblical stories and those of other religions might give many readers some pause too. The idea that Christianity evolved over time, that the Bible evolved over time, that the authors of the New Testament might not be as clear-cut as many have believed, might be eye-opening. That the New Testament went through multiple editions and that there are historical versions with significant differences (different endings, for example) is fascinating. Many Christians have been taught to believe in the Bible as the inerrant word of God...but a walk through Christian history gives us some interesting perspective on that concept. Chadwick and Porter agree on much of this history. Both books are infused with good artwork and reasonably good references for support. Chadwick's synopsis of modern Christianity is necessarily very brief, covers the basics, but does seem a bit shy of my expectations. For example, I would have liked more comparative history of recent Christian groups such as Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, etc. But the coverage of ancient history of Christianity makes up for these shortcomings in its modern history. And perhaps, in the greater history of Christianity, the modern events and travails are are mere bumps in the path. ross koning
 
Chadwick  Mar 22, 2006
It was a great book with lots of information. The illustrations were supurb and it was well written. The text was easy to understand and it would make a great "Coffee Table Book" as well as a great reference and an asset to any Christian's library...
 
interesting and informative, BUT...   Mar 6, 2006
I do like this book as it presents a WEALTH of information on a large topic. However, I find the book to be poorly organized and somewhat biased.

I would not recommend this book as a "reference book". The "Table of Contents" is not helpful. Page numbers are given for "chapter titles", but they are not given for the numerous "subheadings". Also, some "subheadings" listed in the "Table of Contents" are not used in the actual text of the book. So, it can be hard to locate the information you want.

In the text of the book, the writer seems to skip from topic to topic. The book doesn't have a good flow, although it is still interesting to read and I am learning from it.

As pointed out by another reviewer, I see that the writer does show his bias and feels free to share his opinions as if they were fact. I also note an anti-Catholic bias. I would not recommend this book to a conservative Catholic, a non-discerning reader, or anyone else who wants "just the facts".

If you want an introduction to Christianity that is easy to read and offers plenty of pictures, then this isn't a bad place to start. However, I prefer "A Story of Christianity: A Celebration of 2,000 Years of Faith" by Matthew Price and Michael Collins. This later book is published by DK so it offers more pictures, maps, etc., and it does a better job with chronology, dates, etc.
 

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