Short History of Christianity

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Lion Books, Aug 24, 2012 - Religion - 256 pages
Worshipped by 2 billion Christians worldwide, Jesus Christ is the most famous human being ever. Stephen Tomkins takes the reader on a enlightening and enjoyable journey through the key stages of Christian development, covering the people, the events, the movements, the controversies and the expansion of the Church in this lively 'warts and all' portrait. The book begins with the life of Jesus before looking at the spread of the early church and the Roman Empire. Tomkins then continues the story of Christianity right up to the present day, including discussion of topics such as: the Eastern church, battles between East and West, the Reformation, the Counter-Reformation, the Enlightenment and the impact of science. The author also provides a snapshot of the worldwide church of the 21st century and explores the challenges it faces.
 

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Despite its title, this book is not, strictly speaking, a history of Christianity. Instead, Tomkins (John Wesley: A Biography ) offers the story of Christianity in narrative form, from its beginnings ... Read full review

Contents

The Reformation
135
Luther 151722
136
Water and the Spirit 152229
141
Catholic Recovery 152945
147
Trent 154558
154
Wars of Religion 155898
160
The Ends of the Earth 14921600
166
More Wars 160060
172

The Christian Emperor 31237
45
The Puzzle of Jesus 33795
51
Augustine 395430
58
The Great Popes 430630
64
The Rise of Rome
73
The Nightmare Begins 630700
74
Icons and Stirrups 70087
78
Charlemagne 787846
83
A Light in the Darkness 8971000
90
The Popes Revolution 100084
97
Onward Christian Soldiers 108499
104
Love War and Heresy 10991192
110
Innocent 11921292
115
Too Many Popes 12921443
122
Protest 14431516
129
Globalisation
181
The Earth Moves 160989
182
The Age of Reason 16891730
187
Born Again 173469
193
Revolutions 17691831
200
Planet of the Apes 183170
209
World War and World Church 18701933
217
Totalitarians 193358
226
The New Catholicism 195878
232
John Paul II 19782000
238
The Third Millennium
244
Glossary
248
Index
251
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STEPHEN TOMKINS has a PhD in Church History from London Bible College. An experienced journalist, he is a contributing editor to the Ship of Fools website. He is the author of John Wesley: A Biography (Lion, 2003) and Paul and His World (Lion, 2004).

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