Diarmaid MacCulloch's epic, acclaimed history "A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years" follows the story of Christianity around the globe, from ancient Palestine to contemporary China. How did an obscure personality cult come to be the world's biggest religion, with a third of humanity its followers? This book, now the most comprehensive and up to date single volume work in English, describes not only the main facts, ideas and personalities of Christian history, its organization and spirituality, but how it has changed politics, sex, and human society. Taking in wars, empires, reformers, apostles, sects, churches and crusaders, Diarmaid MacCulloch shows how Christianity has brought humanity to the most terrible acts of cruelty - and inspired its most sublime accomplishments. "A stunning tour de force". (Simon Sebag Montefiore, "Sunday Telegraph" Books of the Year). "A landmark in its field, astonishing in its range, compulsively readable, full of insight...It will have few, if any, rivals in the English language". (Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, "Guardian"). "A prodigious, thrilling, masterclass of a history book". (John Cornwell, "Financial Times"). "Essential reading for those enthralled by Christianity and for those enraged by it". (Melvyn Bragg, "Observer", Books of the Year). "Magnificent ...a sumptuous portrait, alive with detail and generous in judgement". (Richard Holloway, "The Times"). Diarmaid MacCulloch is Professor of the History of the Church at Oxford University. His "Thomas Cranmer" won the Whitbread Biography Prize, the James Tait Black Prize and the Duff Cooper Prize. He is the author most recently of "Reformation: Europe's House Divided 1490-1700", which won the Wolfson Prize for History and the British Academy Prize.
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Den här boken borde vara obligatorisk läsning i religion/historia i skolan! 3000 års kristendomshistoria på 1000 sidor. När man läser historia så här komprimerat så blir kristendomens paradoxer och absurditeter väldigt tydliga, och man börjar förstå hur och varför mänsklighetens senare historia ser ut som den gör. Jag bävade lite över de 1000 sidorna innan jag började, men boken är allt annat än torr och tråkig. Diarmaid MacCulloch har en nedtonad humor som glimtar till emellanåt, och de flesta kapitel är så intressant läsning att sidorna flyger förbi som i den bästa deckare.
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Diarmaid MacCulloch is Professor of the History of the Church at Oxford University. His Thomas Cranmer (1996) won the Whitbread Biography Prize, the James Tait Black Prize and the Duff Cooper Prize; Reformation: Europe's House Divided 1490-1700 (2004) won the Wolfson Prize and the British Academy Prize. A History of Christianity (2010), which was adapted into a six-part BBC television series, was awarded the Cundill and Hessel-Tiltman Prizes. His Gifford Lectures at the University of Edinburgh were published in 2013 as Silence: A Christian History. His most recent television series, Sex and the Church, broadcast in 2015. He was knighted in 2012.