There is no one who writes history with the clarity, precision, and sympathy as does Robert Louis Wilken. In The First Thousand Years: A Global History of Christianity Wilken sets out to provide a new narrative of how Christianity's early institutions blossomed into a globally influential culture that last over one thousand years. Beginning at the time of Christ and extending to approximately 980 A.D., Wilken examines the extensively reviewed history of the Christian West with thoughtful analysis, but also pays ample attention to the spread of Christianity all the way to China despite stiffer cultural and religious resistance.
Readers will find in Wilken's work a highly accessible account of the church's early years, and an account that takes seriously church historical tradition while engaging critical with primary sources and sound historical methodology. This is book is gem, and all who read it will benefit enormously from the wisdom and historical judiciousness of its author.
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