David Chidester reveals the rich diversity of Christianity through the deeds and beliefs of mystics and scholars, heretics and saints, witches and healers, preachers and inquisitors, as well as through the emergence of the major streams of Christian thought and practice. Opening a sweeping panorama, he examines both the conflict and the cooperation that has existed between Christianity and other world religions.
Combining spellbinding storytelling with top-notch scholarship, this book goes beyond a traditional history as it explores the ancient origins of the religion and its transformations in the modern world. This is an accessible, compelling chronicle of one of the most influential religions in the world, and a monumental contribution to popular scholarship
David Chidester paints a panoramic picture of Christian history using both light and shadow. He combines brilliant scholarship with a winsome storytelling ability. Those of us who want to enter a new world as Christian people need to know from whence we have come. This book provides that magnificently.