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Viking Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years

When Diarmaid MacCulloch released his award-winning book The Reformation, it was met with wide acclaim for its unparalleled depth and accessible insight into one of the most important eras in Christian history. Now, in Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years, MacCulloch takes you not only to the dawn of Christian history, but into the backdrop of the pre-New Testament Greco-Roman culture which ultimately informed, influenced and surrounded the middle-eastern world of Jesus' revolutionary ministry.

MacCulloch's Christianity is an unprecedented historical journey that takes the reader through Greek and Roman antiquity, to the events of the Intertestamental period, and through the span of Christ's time on Earth. Further, MacCulloch eloquently narrates the events surrounding Apostolic Christianity, the doctrinal struggles during the era of the Ecumenical Councils, the growing divide between the Greek East and Latin West, the tumultuous period of the Crusades, the turbulent world of the Protestant Reformation and the events precipitating the awakenings in America and Great Britain. In addition, McCulloch introduces the reader to numerous monks, crusaders and mystics, as well as many lesser-known heretics and saints, breathing life into the vibrant spectrum of Christianity's three major branches. Magnificent in its scope, Diarmaid MacCulloch's work is certain to be an unrivaled benchmark in the field of Christian history for years to come.
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Review 1 for Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years
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Well written, but entirely from human perspective

Date:October 10, 2012
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Jan Willem
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The book is well written, accessible, and "lege artis" historically. But it is written entirely from the human perspective: humans invented the Jewish history, humans wrote the bible, humans invented the christian religion, and humans are quarreling about its details. If you are looking for religious inspiration, I would definitely not recommend reading this book. But it does put those details which have been subject to so much discussion in the past centuries in a broader perspective, which can make it easier to accept different christian denominations as brothers and sisters.
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The author is very biased.

Date:January 4, 2012
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The author's anti- Christian bias shows throughout the book in statements far too many to number. He frequently throws in opinionated statements to subtly attack the veracity of Christianity.
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Very detailed and comprehensive.

Date:April 11, 2011
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mark
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This is a very comprehensive history of the development of Christianity. The reader will probably have heard of and know something about the major players mentioned, but there are a great number of until now obscure characters who have walk-on parts. It is almost more of an encyclopedia than a narrative. Great as a reference work, but a long slog through a thousand pages.
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Liberal secular revisionist view of Christianity

Date:October 6, 2010
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By his own admission the author is angry at Christianity. The authro throws opinions around, some are plausible and some simply wrong and misleading. His bias shows through and through.
Since his footnones are very sparce (although he got his material from other published sources) it is hard to lend any credence to most of his arguments.
The last thing I would call MacCulloch is an historian.
If you want to see an example of how an historical approach to christianity should be made I would suggest reading Craig Keener's commentary of the Gospel of John.
You get all known sources and different opinions about specific topics including the author's.
On the positive side the author has a very plasant writing style which reads like a novel, which probably contributed to the previous positive review.
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Date:April 26, 2010
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Joel Ogter
The writer has a deep knowledge of this vast subject. His book is meticulously researched and beautifully written. Despite the intimidating length, I'm enjoying every page and already (halfway through) amd sad to know this wonderful read will end.
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