The Story of Christianity: A History of 2000 Years of the Christian Faith

The Story of Christianity: A History of 2000 Years of the Christian Faith

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By (author) David Bentley Hart

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  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 26mm | 200g
  • Publication date: 6 June 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1780877528
  • ISBN 13: 9781780877525
  • Sales rank: 141,430

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In The Story of Christianity, acclaimed theologian David Bentley Hart provides a sweeping and informative portrait of a faith that has shaped the western world and beyond for over 2,000 years. From the persecutions of the early church to the papal-imperial conflicts of the Middle Ages, from the religious wars of 16th- and 17th-century Europe to the challenges of science and secularism in the modern era, and from the ancient Christian communities of Africa and Asia to the 'house churches' of contemporary China, The Story of Christianity triumphantly captures the complexity and diversity of Christian history.

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An Orthodox theologian, David Bentley Hart's specialities are philosophical theology and patristics. He completed his divinity school training at the University of Cambridge, and his graduate training at the University of Virginia. He is the author of The Doors of the Sea: Where Was God in the Tsunami? and The Beauty of the Infinite: The Aesthetics of Christian Truth.

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'A theologian of exceptional quality - but also a brilliant stylist' Dr Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury.

Table of contents

Introduction. The Abiding Glory: The People of Israel. Jesus Christ, Born of the Jews. The Death of the Messiah. The Easter Proclamation. The Church of the Apostles. The Growth of the Early Church. The Age of the Martyrs. The Gnostics. Alexandria in the Early Christian Centuries. Constantine the Great and the Birth of Christendom. Cities of the Desert: The Rise of Monasticism. Christianity in Armenia and India. Ancient Splendour: Christianity in Ethiopia. One God in Three Persons: The Earliest Church Councils. The Age of the Fathers. The Fall of Rome and the Rise of a New Western Christendom. Western Monasticism and the Preservation of Western Learning. Christendom. The Formation of Orthodox Christology. The Last Epoch of the United Christian Empire. The 'Church of the East': The Nestorian Missions. A New Power in the World: The Rise of Islam. Charlemagne. The Face of God: The Iconoclast Controversy. Franks and Byzantines: The Widening Gulf. The Conversion of the Slavs. The Great Schism. The Early Crusades. Byzantine Zenith and Nadir. The Holy Roman Empire in the Middle Ages. The High Middle Ages. Reason and Superstition: Medieval Contradictions. The Oriental Churches in the Later Middle Ages. Byzantine Twilight. The Last Caesar. Renaissance Christian Thought. Spain and its Inquisition. The Reformation Begins. The Growth of the Reformation. The Anabaptists and the Catholic Reformation. Schism and War: Early Modern Europe. Colonies and Missions. The Church and the Scientists. Deism, Enlightenment and Revolution. Eastern Orthodoxy in the Early Modern Period. The 19th Century: A Time of Radical Doubt. The 19th Century: A Time of Fervent Faith. The 20th Century in America. The Most Violent Century in History. The 20th to the 21st Century: The Rise of a New Christendom. Glossary. Further References. Index.