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The Christians : their first two thousand years.

Author: Christian History Project.; Society to Explore and Record Christian History.
Publisher: [Edmonton] : Christian History Project : An activity of SEARCH, The Society to Explore and Record Christian History, 2002-
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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The Christians is the history of Christianity, told chronologically, epoch by epoch, century by century, beginning at Pentecost and concluding with Christians as we find ourselves in the twenty-first century. It will consist of approximately twelve volumes, produced over a 10-year period at the beginning of the third Christian millennium. It is written and edited by Christians for Christians of all denominations.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christian History Project.; Society to Explore and Record Christian History.
ISBN: 0968987303 9780968987308 0968987311 9780968987315 096898732X 9780968987322 0968987338 9780968987339 0968987346 9780968987346 0968987362 9780968987360 9780968987377 0968987370 0968987389 9780968987384 0968987397 9780968987391 0986939617 9780986939617 0986939625 9780986939624
OCLC Number: 55141401
Notes: Each volume is hardbound, measures 9 x 12 inches, and is lavishly illustrated with original, commissioned artwork, photos, and maps throughout its 288 pages. Researched, written and edited by academics and journalists from diverse Christian backgrounds, The Christians is a multi-denominational history of the faith. This diversity ensures a fair and well-rounded approach to the subject. The text is in a clear journalistic style, but wholly historical and documented. These are not devotional books. They are not denominational. They are objective history. But now more than ever before it's a history that Protestants, Catholics, Orthodox and all seekers for religious truth need to know. - Publisher.
Description: 12 volumes : color illustrations ; 31 cm
Contents: v. 1. Veil is torn, A.D. 30 to 70, from Pentecost to the fall of Jerusalem : 1. Madman or God? The first and continuing debate about Jesus : Pilate: an ignominious end for history's most mentioned Roman ; River of history, river of God ; Who was to blame for the crucifixion? ; Crucifixion: no death more hideous --
2. The unpromising Peter takes over : The Sea of Galilee: its great harvest were the fishers of men ; A continuing puzzle: why did Jesus choose Peter? ; The amazing faith of 'doubting' Thomas --
3. Saul's brutal campaign to wipe out Jesus' followers : The ancient suffering of the 'chosen people' ; To the Jews there could be no 'good' Samaritans --
4. The incident on the Damascus road that would change history : Dogs, wolves, bandits, rivers and other terrors of first-century travel ; The controversial rite of male circumcision --
5. The two-man mission that set afoot the conversion of the world : The first Christian hymns ; James the Just's famous letter ; Was Apollos the author of the mysterious letter to the Hebrews? ; Paul lays down the rules for how the Last Supper must be observed ; A living museum of the Christian past ; Cities without street names, streets without addresses --
6. The trial and final triumph of Christianity's greatest missionary : A credible ancient historian: Luke, the man who tells Paul's story ; First-century sea travel: sleeping shoulder-to-shoulder on open decks ; The Pastoral Epistles: Paul's last and most touching letters ; Paul of Tarsus lives on around us --
7. The Synoptic Gospels: three startling books that moved humanity ; A scholarly bishop makes the case for a much 'earlier' New Testament --
8. Nero: the man who taught the Christians the meaning of evil : The Quo Vadis legend of Peter's last failure and last triumph ; What became of the other apostles? ; The heroically defiant death of Jesus' kinsman James --
9. Jerusalem falls in a hideous siege and the old order comes to an end : The controversial historian who documented Old Jerusalem's final days ; How Jesus' followers escaped. v. 2. Pinch of incense, A.D. 70 to 250, from the fall of Jerusalem to the Decian persecution : --
1. Who was Jesus? the beloved disciple gives his long-awaited answer : The enduring credibility of the Fourth Gospel --
2. Two bishops pay with their lives as Rome attacks the new faith : Three books that almost made it into the Bible ; Christianity's first of many thrusts into ominous Asia --
3. A brilliant convert teaches the Christians to fight back : The last president of ancient Israel rebels in disaster ; In the first great schism Judaism and Christianity part ; A husband exacts vengeance on his convert wife ; Martyrdom: the incontestable witness that wins the world --
4. The philosopher-king who debunks and deplores the Christians : The gladiators: players in the world's nastiest-ever sport ; Did Christian prayer save the Twelfth Legion? --
5. Slaughter and false teaching scar the Christians of Gaul : The bloody rites of the ancient Druids ; A second-century charismatic shakes the faith --
6. The acerbic lawyer who spoke for Christianity and died alone : A moving testament to Christian marriage ; A mother chooses death over apostasy --
7. The martyr's son who became an evangelical powerhouse : A pagan satirist describes a "Christian" con man ; The arrival of Christ begins the end for slavery ; A slave girl's virtue converts her captor ; The 'secret knowledge' that claimed Christ for the few --
8. The Roman empress seeks instruction from a Christian master : Marcion starts the popular pastime of rewriting the Bible ; Origen versus Celsus: The Great Debate of the century ; The big party that marked Rome's 1,000th year --
9. Proliferating gospel versions raise the cry for a Christian Bible : The martyrdom of the patron saint of music ; A firsthand account of a second-century church service --
10. Under ferocious attack, the leaven works its miracle : The bishop of Rome threatens to excommunicate the whole Easter Church. v. 3. By this sign, A.D. 250 to 350, from the Decian persecution to the Constantine era : 1. Emperor Decius unleashes the first empire-wide persecution --
2. Cyprian of Carthage leads the way out of persecution and dissension --
3. The struggle to define the universal church --
4. Diocletian undertakes the last and greatest persecution --
5. Constantine wins the empire in Christ's name --
6. Constantine builds a Christian empire --
7. Armenia becomes the first Christian nation --
8. The fight over Christ's divinity --
9. The first great council determines Jesus is God v. 4. Darkness descends, A.D. 350 to 565, the fall of the western Roman Empire : 1. Athanasius --
the man who stood against the world --
2. Victim becomes victor in the ancient world's biggest-ever manhunt --
3. A disaster foreshadows the last man to govern both East and West --
4. Civilization crumbles as the barbarians roll over the West --
5. Rome might be gone but Augustine offers a city destined for eternity --
6. Church unity shatters over the personhood of Jesus --
7. The Chalcedonian Council answers the question but splits the church --
8. The Franks become the improbable ancestors of Christian Europe --
9. With Britain doomed, the faith takes root in barbarous Ireland --
10. The unlikely marriage that shaped the destiny of Europe and the faith v. 5. The sword of Islam, A.D. 565 to 740, the Muslim onslaught all but destroys Christendom : 1. Success and triumph, then a terrible reversal --
2. Ishmael's well become Mecca, the birthplace of Islam --
3. Victory after victory fires the Muslim cause --
4. With Arabia subdued, Islam is set to unleash world conquest --
5. Byzantium and Persia: Two ancient enemies battle to exhaustion --
6. The Middle East falls before Islam's slashing swords --
7. Violence and schism shatter Islam's unity --
8. Gregory: The man who laid the foundation so the Christian West --
9. The fearsome Franks halt the Muslim military advance --
10. Islam's final goal, the glittering prize of Constantinople v. 6. The quest for the city, A.D. 740 to 1100, pursuing the next world, they founded this one : 1. Seeking the next world, monks and nuns found a new Europe --
2. Charlemagne strives and fails to create a Christ-ruled empire --
3. A deadly clash pits an emperor against a pope --
4. The Vikings butcher and loot Christendom --
5. The veneration of icons sunders Eastern Christendom --
6 & 7. Calamity of the era : Feuds over authority split East from West --
8. The affable Slavs subdue their masters by ably serving them --
9. Norman intruders foil Islam's campaign to kill off Christianity --
10. The Abbasid coup begins a disintegration of pan-Islamic unity v. 7. A Glorious Disaster, A.D. 1100 to 1300, The Crusades: Blood, valor, iniquity, reason, faith : 1. Years under attack, the West finally strikes back at Islam --
2. Gothic's amazing symphonies in stone --
3. Resurgent Islam and an incendiary monk fuel a second crusade --
4. Barbarossa: He stood atop the world until God brought him down --
5. In valor and infamy, the Crusades collapse into a tale of calamity --
6. The 'Wonder of the World' becomes a fiery foe of the faith --
7. Aquinas: the 'dumb-ox' fat man who united reason and faith --
8. The Sicilian Vespers: The riot that changed the course of history --
9. Genghis Khan's hideous attack imperils both Christendom and Islam --
10. The man who took Jesus literally and transformed Christendom v. 8. The Renaissance : God in man, A.D. 1300 to 1500, but amid its splendors, night falls on medieval Christianity : 1. Dante writes an epic poem of redemption that inspires the ages --
2. The Black Death, history's worst plague, ravages Christendom --
3. To Babylon and back: The church is rocked by avarice, jealousy, and schism --
4. The Czech hero John Hus perishes in flames for instituting reform --
5. The English nearly kill a nation until Joan of Arc turns the tide --
6. Constantinople falls after 700 years of as Islam erupts anew --
7. 'Holy Russia' outs the Tartars and rejects western Christendom --
8. Isabella and Ferdinand unite Spain and restore it to Christendom --
9. Ambition versus faith : The conflicted Columbus discovers America --
10. The Italian Renaissance magnificently concludes the Middle Ages --
11. The Borgias and the Renaissance papacy nearly wreck Christendom v. 9. A century of giants, A.D. 1500 to 1600, In an age of spiritual genius, western Christendom shatters : 1. A divided Christendom and a young emperor face the Muslim peril --
2. Martin Luther's incendiary and acerbic writing splits Europe --
3. As religions clash, Catholics and Protestants fend off the Turks --
4. The anarchic origins of Christianity Anabaptist movement --
5. John Calvin puts reform to work in a model biblical city --
6. Henry's infatuation and his quest for an heir chart England's destiny --
7. Knox's clash with the Scottish queen helps turn Britain Protestant --
8. Loyola's Jesuits become the vanguard of the Counter-Reformation --
9. Trent and the eighteen years of conflict that saved the papacy --
10. Greed and cruelty vie with devotion and faith in Spanish America --
11. At Malta and Lepanto the 'unbeatable' Turks are beaten at last --
12. Huguenots and Catholics embroil France in a 36-year bloodbath --
13. Out of strife, carnage, and insurrection the Dutch nation is born --
14. Elizabeth of England stills the storm without a civil war v. 10. We the people, A.D. 1600 to 1800, Democracy: Christendom's unintended achievement : 1. A Christian convulsion that cost eight million live and achieved nothing --
2. A fight for power pits king against Parliament, and Charles I perishes --
3. Mighty Cromwell fails, as so do the Stuarts, but Parliament prevails --
4. American democracy: the unintended destiny of the Founding Fathers --
5. A tyrannous reform paves way Russia's way to a state-run church --
6. Its walls are smashed, the Turks pouring in, but Vienna is saved --
The riveting preacher who brought to Christ men with dirty faces --
8. How thirteen colonies crated a nation that no one quite foresaw --
9. Skeptics fight the faith, but the faithful reply in hymns and oratorios --
10. With Islam thwarted, Christendom now faces a new foe from within v. 11. Unto the ends of the earth, A.D. 1800 to 1914, despite rising disbelief, the faith advances as never before : 1. With the guillotine's knife, the Enlightenment produces a blood bath --
2. Both loved and hate, hard-lien Pope Pius IX lived and died in strife --
3. How a plucky girl of 18 from a dubious family saved Britain's throne --
4. Indolence into depravity: The tragic final years of tsarist Orthodoxy --
5. The American that won independence was not a Christian nation --
6. The blow from which Latin America has never recovered --
7. Christendom's greatest century carries the faith to all the continents --
8. The foes of the faith acquire cultural control in a secularist triumph --
10. In Christianity's eclipse, nationalism's upsurge lead the world to war v. 12. The high tide and the turn, A.D. 1914 to 2001, a new Christendom explodes into life in the third world : 1. Seventeen million die in a war that become the Great Repudiation --
2. Clergy slain in droves, church schools close as the Soviets take power --
3. Rupture, chaos, dismay shatter Christendom as Modernism takes its toll --
4. God, fidelity, honor, truth --
all safe targets for scorn in the era of debunking --
5. The Marxist 'paradise' becomes a slave state, avowed to kill off God --
6. Exhausted by the war, wrecked by the peace, the Germans go Nazi --
7. How the insistent cry for disarmament led to the worst ever war --
8. Three Christian politicians bring unity to Europe grounded in their faith --
9. In pain persecution history's curtain rises on Chinese Christianity --
10. Crises for change assault he changeless Church in the Vatican II tumult --
12. The tale of the sixties: from Alabama valor to Woodstock squalor --
12. Christianity is rejected as the quest for liberty fuels a war for license --
13. If science overrules all, the scientific miracle's dark side will triumph --
14. How a lanky farm kid made the 20th century an evangelical victory --
15. The less than a century, more than 200 million accept Pentecostalism --
16. How the genius of JPII transformed the papacy and failed its traducers --
17. How defiant Christian triggered the collapse of the Soviet colossus --
18. How the Jewish quest for a homeland turned into a cauldron of war --
19. Myth the masterpiece: the irresistible advance of 'Mere Christianity' --
20. The faith rises again as millions join Christ across the third world
Other Titles: Veil is torn, A.D. 30 to 70, from Pentecost to the fall of Jerusalem.
Pinch of incense, A.D. 70 to 250, from the fall of Jerusalem to the Decian persecution.
By this sign, A.D. 250 to 350, from the Decian persecution to the Constantine era.
Darkness descends, A.D. 350 to 565, the fall of the western Roman Empire. (The Christians ; v. 4)
Sword of Islam, A.D. 565 to 740, the Muslim onslaught all but destroys Christendom. (The Christians ; v. 5)
Quest for the city, A.D. 740 to 1100, pursuing the next world, they founded this one. (The Christians ; v. 6)
Glorious disaster, A.D. 1100 to 1300, the Crusades: Blood, valor, iniquity, reason, faith. (The Christians ; v. 7)
Renaissance : God in man, A.D. 1300 to 1500, but amid its splendors, night falls on medieval Christianity. (The Christians ; v. 8)
Century of giants, A.D. 1500 to 1600, In an age of spiritual genius, western Christendom shatters. (The Christians ; v. 9)
We the people, A.D. 1600 to 1800, Democracy: Christendom's unintended achievement. (The Christians ; v. 10)
Unto the ends of the earth, A.D. 1800 to 1914, despite rising disbelief, the faith advances as never before. (The Christians ; v. 11)
High tide and the turn, A.D. 1914 to 2001, a new Christendom explodes into life in the third world. (The Christians ; v. 12)
Their first two thousand years

Abstract:

The Christians is the history of Christianity, told chronologically, epoch by epoch, century by century, beginning at Pentecost and concluding with Christians as we find ourselves in the twenty-first century. It will consist of approximately twelve volumes, produced over a 10-year period at the beginning of the third Christian millennium. It is written and edited by Christians for Christians of all denominations. Its purpose is to tell the story of the Christian family, so that we may be knowledgeable of our origins, may well know and wisely profit from the experiences of our past both good and bad, and may find strength and inspiration to face the challenges of our era from the magnificent examples set for us by those who went before. - Back cover.

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