How did the cult around an obscure spiritual teacher from Nazareth in the first century come to be the world’s biggest religion, with a third of humanity its followers? This epic, acclaimed history follows the story of Christianity around the globe, from ancient Palestine to contemporary China. encompassing wars, empires, reformers, apostles, sects and crusaders, it shows how Christianity has brought humanity to the most terrible acts of cruelty – and inspired its most sublime accomplishments.
Any book starting off with some etymology between Hebrew and Greek words automatically tell me that this was going to be a good book, and so it proved over 1016 pages of small print. Its dense on facts but in a good way and has some gorgeous photos. I learned a lot and have a lot more questions.
Is it a complete history of Christianity? No, as MacCullough is quick to establish. I wonder…
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