A Short History of Christianity

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Lion Books, 2005 - 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

Preface
7
As It Was in the Beginning
11
1Jerusalem 30433
16
The Wrath of Rome 614100
21
Which Christianity? 1004202
26
The God of the Greeks 202447
33
Blood and Sand 2474311
39
The Christian Emperor 312437
45
The Reformation
135
Luther 1517422
136
Water and the Spirit 1522429
141
Catholic Recovery 1529445
147
Trent 1545458
154
Wars of Religion 1558498
160
The Ends of the Earth 149241600
166
More Wars 1600460
172

The Puzzle ofJesus 337495
51
Augustine 3954430
58
The Great Popes 4304630
64
The Rise of Rome
73
The Nightmare Begins 6304700
74
Icons and Stirrups 700487
78
Charlemagne 7874846
83
A Light in the Darkness 89741000
90
The Popes Revolution 1000484
97
Onward Christian Soldiers 1084499
104
Love War and Heresy 109941192
110
Innocent 119241292
115
Too Many Popes 129241443
122
Protest 144341516
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
9John Paul II 19782000
238
The Third Millennium
244
Glossary
248
1
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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