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History of the World Christian Movement shows that from the beginning Christianity has been a world religion, informed and shaped through the interplay of gospel and culture church and world.


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History of the World Christian Movement shows that from the beginning Christianity has been a world religion, informed and shaped through the interplay of gospel and culture church and world.

30 review for History of the World Christian Movement: Volume I: Earliest Christianity to 1453

  1. 4 out of 5

    Charlie

    Used this as a textbook in a church history class I team-taught. The strength of this book is its breadth. The authors were careful to give due attention to many forms of Christianity rather than simply those found in the genealogy of modern Western denominations. The disadvantage is that its breadth prevents there from being a clear, focused narrative. Also, the book has a committee feel. The prose is very impersonal, reading like a textbook in the worst way. I recommend this as more of a refer Used this as a textbook in a church history class I team-taught. The strength of this book is its breadth. The authors were careful to give due attention to many forms of Christianity rather than simply those found in the genealogy of modern Western denominations. The disadvantage is that its breadth prevents there from being a clear, focused narrative. Also, the book has a committee feel. The prose is very impersonal, reading like a textbook in the worst way. I recommend this as more of a reference book, especially on non-Western traditions. I don't recommend teaching or reading through it linearly.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Keith

    HWCM was one of my text books for a Church History course. The breath and depth of this history was impressive. The writing was clear and accessible. Overall this text and the course helped me get an outline in my head of the Christian Movement from its origins all the way up to the Protestant Reformation.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Justin Dewell

    The value of this history book is the attention the authors give to the entire world. Other books tend to focus on what happened in Europe; whereas, Irivn and Sunquist have compiled a great survey of names, places, and events left out of other Church History books.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Caleb Leman

    There's gotta be a better textbook on Christian history than this one. I will admit that this is the only one I've read, so maybe not! There's gotta be a better textbook on Christian history than this one. I will admit that this is the only one I've read, so maybe not!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Scott Swires

    Covers a wide range of topics, but still readable.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Paul Herriott

    They brilliantly hit the niche of retelling church history with a focus more on movement then theology. Volume 1 did not disappoint in present a global church perspective.

  7. 4 out of 5

    C.H.E. Sadaphal

    The bottom line: If you want a book on Christian history to 1453, look no further. In short, History of the World Christian Movement is a comprehensive, insightful, and eye-opening look into the people, politics, cultures, and many other forces that helped to shape early to medieval Christianity. The book truly takes a global lens to analyze the development of Christianity from its beginnings in Palestine to North Africa, Nubia, the Middle East, India and the rest of Asia, Russia, and modern day The bottom line: If you want a book on Christian history to 1453, look no further. In short, History of the World Christian Movement is a comprehensive, insightful, and eye-opening look into the people, politics, cultures, and many other forces that helped to shape early to medieval Christianity. The book truly takes a global lens to analyze the development of Christianity from its beginnings in Palestine to North Africa, Nubia, the Middle East, India and the rest of Asia, Russia, and modern day Europe. The broad approach is very inclusive yet also very complete and does an excellent job of ... http://www.chesadaphal.com/history-of...

  8. 4 out of 5

    John

    I appreciate the breadth of the book, as it covers so much of the Christian work outside the west and in places rarely surveyed in works like this. That said, there is a fair bit of repetition in the book, which makes reading tedious at times. And I am also not fond of the portrayal of the earliest Christianity. The authors highlight the discontinuities of the early Christians without the recognition of the many fundamental commonalities that linked the expanding Christian community throughout t I appreciate the breadth of the book, as it covers so much of the Christian work outside the west and in places rarely surveyed in works like this. That said, there is a fair bit of repetition in the book, which makes reading tedious at times. And I am also not fond of the portrayal of the earliest Christianity. The authors highlight the discontinuities of the early Christians without the recognition of the many fundamental commonalities that linked the expanding Christian community throughout the Mediterranean region.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Marti Wade

    This felt like a loooooong read. But it will prove a great resource for teaching; provides confirmation/correction for stories I've collected from diverse sources and puts them in their historical context in a fairly systematic way. It is rather repetitive when read straight through. This book was composed in consultation with a wide variety of global theologians/historians. Disappointed how seldom the authors quoted or cited original sources, however. On to Volume 2! This felt like a loooooong read. But it will prove a great resource for teaching; provides confirmation/correction for stories I've collected from diverse sources and puts them in their historical context in a fairly systematic way. It is rather repetitive when read straight through. This book was composed in consultation with a wide variety of global theologians/historians. Disappointed how seldom the authors quoted or cited original sources, however. On to Volume 2!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Karen D.

    I purchased this book for a class on the history of Christianity which I ended up dropping, but I'm reading the book on my own. Very eye-opening for a Protestant like me who has a huge gap in understanding the time period between the New Testament and the Reformation. I am thoroughly enjoying this. I purchased this book for a class on the history of Christianity which I ended up dropping, but I'm reading the book on my own. Very eye-opening for a Protestant like me who has a huge gap in understanding the time period between the New Testament and the Reformation. I am thoroughly enjoying this.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Peter Boemler

    I read this book for my Introduction to Christian History class. I think it succeeds in what it sets out to do, in presenting an ecumenical account and a more worldwide picture of Christian history that includes Asia and Africa as opposed to just Europe. I enjoyed it, and it is a great companion to Readings in World Christian History, which is a compilation of source documents.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    This book is a good addition to your shelf. It gives a concise, lucid and lively overview of Christian history from the time of Christ to the fall of Constantinople. It is written for a wide audience and shows the great diversity in Christianity from its beginnings.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    It's comprehensive, for sure. Redundant, but comprehensive. It's comprehensive, for sure. Redundant, but comprehensive.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Juliet

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    Iara

  16. 5 out of 5

    Carter Ferguson

  17. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amie

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Neff

  20. 4 out of 5

    Chesna

  21. 4 out of 5

    Zachary

  22. 4 out of 5

    Richard

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jeff DeSurra

  24. 5 out of 5

    Wes Willison

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kurt Kaufman

  26. 4 out of 5

    John

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sara

  28. 5 out of 5

    David Alexander

  29. 5 out of 5

    Michael Nichols

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dana B. Beland

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