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The Christian World : A Global History
by Martin Marty


Overview - A noted historian presents a short, authoritative history of the rise of Christianity throughout the world, resulting in a remarkable testament to the teachings of Christ and how they have spread around the globe. Maps.  Read more...

 
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Overview

A noted historian presents a short, authoritative history of the rise of Christianity throughout the world, resulting in a remarkable testament to the teachings of Christ and how they have spread around the globe. Maps.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780679643494
  • ISBN-10: 0679643494
  • Publisher: Modern Library
  • Publish Date: January 2008
  • Page Count: 262

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 45.
  • Review Date: 2007-10-29
  • Reviewer: Staff

This is the sort of large-scale, global history that is not often pursued by academics anymore, for fear of oversimplifying narratives that fail to attend to local detail. This is a vitally important book: Christianity has never been a more global religion than it is today, yet here we can see how global it has always been. Before Marty, dean of American church historians, even turns his attention to European Christianity he spends long chapters on Asian and African episodes. The book concludes with second African and Asian episodes, suggesting the faith’s future lies on those continents: “The European presence wanes and the promise of Christianity elsewhere rises,” he writes. Few scholars other than Marty would have dared write a book such as this, with details on figures as diverse as Bar-Daisan in ancient Syria and present-day Pentecostal evangelists in Africa. Historians and theologians will naturally quibble over points of detail, which may not always be up-to-date on current scholarship. Yet Marty writes with whimsical accessibility, the passion of a believer and the critical eye of a hard-nosed skeptic. This is a book that offers a tentative yes to the ancient question of Jesus, “When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” (Jan. 15)

 
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