The Story of ChristianityBook - 1999
From it Old Testament beginnings to present-day Christian worship,Christianity has had a fascinating, complex, and controversial history. TheStory of Christianity provides a truly global view of this history across alldenominations. This richly illustrated history progresses from the Old Testamentto the present day, covering topics as diverse as the early martyrs, the birthof the monasteries, the conversion of Europe, the Crusades, the Inquisition, theReformation, and the rise of the Third World Church. It aslo examines thewide-ranging beliefs and doctrines of the church at the end of the twentiethcentury. With a refreshing, stimulating, and highly visual approach, The Storyof Christianity guides the reader through two millennia of history. Alongsidethe events, figures, and movements that helped shape the church, the bookilluminates the role of Christianity in ordinary people's lives. Contemporaryquotes, maps, photographs, and works of art give an immediacy to the story whilespecial features highlight the interplay between the church and the arts, andthe political and philosophical movements of each century. How did the Christianfaith grow into the world's most widely practised religion? Why has a singlefaith resulted in so many schisms and denominations? Where is the ChristianChurch going in the twenty-first century? This beautifully illustrated accountof 2,000 years of Christianity-the professed one-third of the world'spopulation-approaches all of these issues in an open, authoritative, andaccessible way. Beautifully illustrated, clearly presented, and written in alucid and accessible style, this unique book encapsulates the compelling andcomplex history of the Christian religion.