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    DescriptionThe National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author of "The Reformation" returns with the definitive history of Christianity for our time Once in a generation a historian will redefine his field, producing a book that demands to be read-a product of electrifying scholarship conveyed with commanding skill. Diarmaid MacCulloch's "Christianity" is such a book. Breathtaking in ambition, it ranges back to the origins of the Hebrew Bible and covers the world, following the three main strands of the Christian faith. "Christianity" will teach modern readers things that have been lost in time about how Jesus' message spread and how the New Testament was formed. We follow the Christian story to all corners of the globe, filling in often neglected accounts of conversions and confrontations in Africa and Asia. And we discover the roots of the faith that galvanized America, charting the rise of the evangelical movement from its origins in Germany and England. This book encompasses all of intellectual history-we meet monks and crusaders, heretics and saints, slave traders and abolitionists, and discover Christianity's essential role in driving the enlightenment and the age of exploration, and shaping the course of World War I and World War II. We are living in a time of tremendous religious awareness, when both believers and non-believers are deeply engaged by questions of religion and tradition, seeking to understand the violence sometimes perpetrated in the name of God. The son of an Anglican clergyman, MacCulloch writes with deep feeling about faith. His last book, "The Reformation," was chosen by dozens of publications as Best Book of the Year and won the National Book Critics Circle Award. This awe-inspiring follow-up is a landmark new history of the faith that continues to shape the world.

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    The First Three Thousand Years
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch
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    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 1161
    Width: 165 mm
    Height: 239 mm
    Thickness: 56 mm
    Weight: 1,678 g
    ISBN 13: 9780670021260
    ISBN 10: 0670021261

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    LC classification: BR145.3 .M33 2010
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    Edition statement
    Penguin Putnam Inc
    Imprint name
    Penguin USA
    Publication date
    18 March 2010
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Review quote
    "A landmark contribution ... It is difficult to imagine a more comprehensive and surprisingly accessible volume than MacCulloch's." -Jon Meacham, "The New York Times Book Review" "A well-informed and - bless the man - witty narrative guaranteed to please and at the same time displease every single reader, if hardly in identical measure.... The author's prose style is fluent, well-judged and wholly free of cant ... You will shut this large book with gratitude for a long and stimulating journey." -"The Washington Times" "A prodigious, thrilling, masterclass of a history book. MacCulloch is to be congratulated for his accessible handling of so much complex, difficult material ... He keeps the reader engaged with wit and choice anecdotes and throughout the entire book he retains his own distinctive, slightly irreverent perspective, and an unerring instinct for when to go from macro to micro history." -John Cornwell, "Financial Times" "He brings an insider's wit to tracing the fate of official Christianity in an age of doubt, and to addressing modern surges of zeal, from Mormons to Pentecostals." -"Economist" "A triumphantly executed achievement. This book is a landmark in its field, astonishing in its range, compulsively readable, full of insight even for the most jaded professional and of illumination for the interested general reader. It will have few, if any, rivals in the English language." -Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury ""Christianity" is a tour de force: it has enormous range, is gracefully and wittily written, and from page one holds the attention. Everyone who reads it will learn things they didn't know." -Eamon Duffy, author of "Saints and Sinners" "The great strength of the book is that it covers, in sufficient but not oppressive detail, huge areas of Christian history which are dealt with cursorily in traditional accounts of the subject and are unfamiliar to most English-speaki