This book is a history of Christianity from its earliest beginnings to the end of the twentieth century. The book provides students with an introduction to the many persons, places, movements, and events necessary for the telling of our story, the story of the Church. This history of Christianity is told in its essentials, simply and straightforwardly for students with little or no experience in the academic study of religion. It is a story told within the complex contexts of larger world events and world cultures, but defined and simplified by attention to those developments which have proven most influential for the past and present shaping of Church thought and practice. The book is a comprehensive and definitive introduction to the history of Christianity. It provides students with the necessary outline and description of the broad sweep of movements and periods in this history, but it also pauses at important points to provide details about the lives of Christians as lived at various times and in various locations. This story is told in easy-to-understand prose and with illustrative photographs, maps and charts.
Hans J. Hillerbrand is Professor of Religion and History, Duke University. He specializes in Reformation and the history of modern Christianity. He served as editor-in-chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation and was president of the American Society of Church History in 2000.
Hans Hilerbrand's work both reflects and shapes the pulse of current scholarship. in a readable manner. His wealth of insight and mastery of the material are unmatched.
-Jennifer Powell McNutt
This book presents the humane and judicious reflections of an experienced and mature historian: fair, generous, and insightful.
-Euan K. Cameron
Union Theological Seminary
Drawing from a lifetime of scholarship, Hand Hillerbrand reminds us again of his gifts as a teacher. This engaging text provides everything a history of Christianity should: broad coverage, appropriate depth, connections to the contemporary, and an irenic spirit.
-Gregory W. Lee