Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years 1st Edition, Kindle Edition by Diarmaid MacCulloch ... reading a little each day, and I'm determined to finish it -- because if I do, I will have learned the entire history of Christianity, all 3,000 years of it! “Christianity” is a large book, because it describes “not only the main ideas and personalities of Christian history, its organization and spirituality, but how it has changed politics, sex, and human society.”  Christianity, the religion, has done its share of good for the world, as the author describes, but it has its dark side too, practiced imperfectly over three thousand years. South Korean Protestant liberation theology focused on Jesus as a friend of the poor. Every page is clear and concise. With Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Laurence Fishburne, Gloria Foster. The Church enveloped a Byzantine spirituality, undertaking missions to the West, Crusades (900 – 1200), Orthodoxy triumphant (1300 – 1400), and the view of Russia as the Third Rome (900 – 1800), that is, the rise of a Russian society exemplary in Christian terms. The faith, MacCulloch notes, is “a perpetual argument about meaning and ­reality.”. “It took original minds to kick against the authority of sacred Scripture,” MacCulloch writes, but thankfully such original minds were in evidence, and their legacy “was an early form of the modern critical reconsideration of biblical intention and meaning.” The sheer complexity of the story of Christianity is a welcome and needed reminder that religion is fluid, not static. (No one does; as Paul said, we can only see through a glass, darkly.) Eamon Duffy sings the praises of Diarmaid MacCulloch's huge A History of Christianity… Lewis. I have always thought of Pilate’s question as a kind of wink from God, a sly aside to the audience that says, in effect, “Be careful of anyone who thinks he has all the answers; only I do.” The search for truth — about the visible and the invisible — is perhaps the most fundamental of human undertakings, ranking close behind the quests for warmth, food and a mate. A History Of Christianity will reveal the true origins of Christianity and delve into what it means to be a Christian. Christianity : the first three thousand years. I am also a critic of Christianity, if by critic one means an observer who brings historical and literary judgment to bear on the texts and traditions of the church. MacCulloch sets a frame for our understanding what he calls ‘The Imperial Faith”, (451 – 1800), with its shaping of orthodoxy and branching out in all directions. The work of discerning — or, depending on your point of view, assigning — meaning to the Passion and the story of the empty tomb was a historical as well as a theological process, as was the construction of the faith. Jesus says nothing in response, and Pilate’s question is left hanging — an open query in the middle of John’s rendering of the Passion. BBC - A History of Christianity 1 of 6 - The First Christianity (English Subtitle) ... [PDF] The First Thousand Years: A Global History of Christianity [Download] Online. “So you are a king?” Pilate asks, and Jesus says: “You say that I am a king. It is difficult to imagine a more comprehensive and surprisingly accessible volume on the subject than MacCulloch’s. The author sorts out the divisions of the Church, East and South (451 – 1500); outlines the progression of Islam (622 – 1500), and what he characterizes as the “unpredictable rise of Rome”, that is, the making of Latin Christianity (300 – 500), the Rome of the Popes, and Augustine, the shaper of the Western Church. The miracle is how, out of many contending groups for dominance, a small band of Christians arose and gained precedence. How else to understand, for instance, Jesus’ words in Mark: “I tell you with certainty, some people standing here will not experience death until they see the kingdom of God arrive with power”? Those closest to Jesus, the disciples, who, when told of the empty tomb by the women who followed Jesus, were perplexed: what could this mean? It is this and more, the transit of history over the last three millennia with Jesus Christ, as the French Jesuit philosopher Teilard de Chardin (1881 – 1955), often said, as the alpha and the omega, the starting and end-point. “All men need the gods,” as Homer has it, and nothing since then — not Galileo, not Darwin, not the Enlightenment, nothing — has changed the intrinsic impulse to organize stories and create belief systems that give shape to life and offer a vision of what may lie beyond the grave. In fulfillment of the book’s provocative subtitle, MacCulloch begins his tale in remote antiquity, with the Greek search for meaning and order, the Jewish experience of a fickle but singular Yahweh and the very practical impact of Rome’s early globalism. Christ’s historical presence, he tells us, is a fact. A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years. In the Gospel of John, Jesus of Nazareth has been arrested and brought before Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea. To suggest that such supernatural stories are allegorical can be considered a radical position in even the most liberal precincts of the Christian world. In a review at the London Review of Books, Frank Kermode notes that the subtitle of the book, 'The First Three Thousand Years', includes the ancient world of Greece, Rome, and Judaism ( c. 1000 BC – AD 100) that so influenced Christianity. A review by then- Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams for The Guardian describes the book as beginning "with what turns out to be one of many tours de force in summarising the intellectual and social background of Christianity … His History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years (Penguin/Allen Lane) and the BBC TV series based on it first appeared in 2009; the book won the Cundill Prize, the world’s largest prize for history, in 2010. Christianity, one of the world’s great religions, has had an incalculable impact on human history. Magic, however, has powerful charms. It is only a brief moment, a seemingly inconclusive ­exchange in the midst of one of the most significant interviews in human history. Still, the objecting cleric’s remark illuminates one of the issues facing not only Christians but the broader world: To what extent should holy books be read and interpreted critically and with a sense of the context in which they were written, rather than taken literally? Because it is vastly more likely that Jesus’ contemporaries expected his imminent return to earth and the inauguration of the kingdom of God — a time, in first-century Jewish thought, that would be marked, among other things, by a final triumph of Israel over its foes and a general resurrection of the dead. With apologies and due respect and affection to my friends Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris, that perennial search for an answer to Pilate’s question usually takes religious form. Why the initial uncertainty? Otherwise perfectly rational people think of Jesus’ Ascension into heaven on the 40th day after Easter to be as historical an event as the sounding of the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange. 2. Book Review. A product of electrifying scholarship conveyed with commanding skill, Diarmaid MacCulloch's Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years goes back to the origins of the Hebrew Bible and encompasses Christianity's spread across the globe. Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years By Diarmaid MacCulloch (Viking, 2010) Haters of history often ask the point of knowing names and dates, pointing out correctly that all of that information can now be found online. This is both parts of a two-series set produced by the A&E network which explores the history of Christianity and its impact on the world from the year 0 to 2000. A word of disclosure: I am an Episcopalian who takes the faith of my fathers seriously (if unemotionally), and I would, I think, be disheartened if my own young children were to turn away from the church when they grow up. As well, Europe’s slow walk away from Christianity receives analysis, as do the ‘culture wars’ from 1960 to the present. How did an obscure personality cult come to be the world's biggest religion, with a third of humanity its followers? Well. Michael D. Langan is the NBC-2.com Culture Critic. 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. Says modern historians have a moral task: to testify to the truth to. 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