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Title: The Oxford Illustrated History of Christianity

Editor: John McManners

LOC Call No.: BR145.2 O86

LOC Subjects:
Church history.
Church history -- Pictorial works.

Source: Salem Public Library

Rating: I learned a lot about the history of the Church, despite my considering myself fairly well-informed for a layperson. Excellent reading for anyone interested in how the Church got to where it is today.

Readings: December 1996

For anyone, Christian or not, who is interested in the history of the earthly Church and the development of the Christian faith, this is a fabulous work. The book was written by a team of nineteen leading Christian scholars:

Henry Chadwick, Regius Professor Emeritus of Divinity, and Master of Peterhouse College, Cambridge
Robert Markus, Professor Emeritus of Medieval History, University of Nottingham
Henry Mayr-Harting, Fellow and Tutor in History, St. Peter's College, Oxford
Kallistos Ware, Bishop of Diokleia, Spalding Lecturer in Eastern Orthodox Studies, and Fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford
Jeremy Johns, Lecturer in Islamic Archaeology, University of Oxford
Colin Morris, Professor of Medieval History, University of Southampton
Patrick Collinson, Regius Professor of Modern History, University of Cambridge
John McManners, Fellow of All Souls College, and Regius Professor Emeritus of Ecclesiastical History, University of Oxford
Owen Chadwick, Regiius Professor Emeritus of Modern History, University of Cambridge
Martin Marty, Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago
Frederick B. Pike, Professor Emeritus of History, University of Notre Dame, Indiana
Peter Hinchcliff, Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford
Kenneth Ballhatchet, Professor of History of South Asia, University of London, and Helen Ballhatchet, Lecturer in Japanese, School of African and Oriental Studies, University of London
Sergei Hackel, Formerly Reader in Russian Studies, University of Sussex, and Vicar-General of the Russian Orthodox Church in the British Isles
Maurice Wiles, Regius Professor of Divinity, University of Oxford
Bryan Wilson, Reader in Sociology, University of Oxford, and Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford
Basil Mitchell, Nolloth Professor Emeritus of Philosophy of the Christian Religion, and Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford
John V. Taylor, Formerly General Secretary of the Church Missionary Society, and Bishop of Winchester

These nineteen people have put together a readable and thorough general history of Christianity that held my interest for the several weeks it took me to read this tome. The illustrations are excellent, as is the research. Some of the most thought-provoking reading came in the last four chapters. This last part of the book consisted of essays on Christianity today and tomorrow. This work was also successful in stepping out of the Western world view where it was appropriate (e.g. Asian and African Christianity). While most libraries would classify this as reference (and thus relegate it to being perceived as dull by readers), I found it very readable, so long as I didn't try to bite off more than about half a chapter a night.

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