2 Stars Out Of 5
Liberal view of church history
June 20, 2017
I was disappointed with this book because I did not realize at the time that I bought it that it has a very liberal bent throughout. The forth edition has been revised extensively be folks at the Union Theological seminary, which Wikipedia identifies as the bastion of liberal Christian scholarship. It definitely shows in this work. For example it says that the new testament as we have it evolved over the first few centuries and was influenced by events and philosophies during that time. It also says that Jesus never clearly identified himself as the messiah.
On the plus side, it is well written and covers an amazingly long period of time in a relatively short book. It covers several areas that I was interested in like the rise of the papacy and the fall of orthodoxy.
So if you are of the liberal bent, even to the Unitarian extreme, this book may be for you. It is not for me.