History of Christianity
By Paul Johnson
(Touchstone Books, Paperback, 9780684815039, 576pp.)
Publication Date: August 1979
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In a highly readable companion to books on faith and history, the scholar and author Johnson has illuminated the Christian world and its fascinating history in a way that no other has. Johnson takes off in the year 49 with his namesake the apostle Paul. Thus beginning an ambitious quest to paint the centuries since the founding of a little-known 'Jesus Sect', A History of Christianity explores to a great degree the evolution of the Western world. With an unbiased and overall optimistic tone, Johnson traces the fantastic scope of the consequent sects of Christianity and the people who followed them. Information drawn from extensive and varied sources from around the world makes this history as credible as it is reliable. Invaluable understanding of the framework of modern Christianity--and its trials and tribulations throughout history--has never before been contained in such a captivating work.
Paul Johnson, a well-known writer and journalist, was the editor of the New Statesman from 1965 to 1970 and is the author of several books, including A History of Christianity, A History of the Modern World from 1917 to the 1980s, and A History of the Jews.