9780198229285 0198229283 Spanning two thousand years of stirring religious, cultural and political events, this lavishly illustrated volume--the latest addition to the acclaimed Oxford Illustrated History series--provides the most authoritative and accessible history of Christianity ever published for the general reader. The impact of Christianity on world civilization is almost incalculable, and in exploring this rich heritage, nineteen leading scholars range from the earliest origins to the present day to examine virtually every aspect of the faith. They discuss the apostle Peter and Roman Emperor Constantine, describe the role of Charlemagne in the expansion of the religion, and assess medieval scholasticism and the influence of Thomas Aquinas. The profound changes that occurred during both the Reformation and the Enlightenment are fully treated in chapters that offer revealing portraits of such key figures as Erasmus, Luther, Calvin, Wesley, and Rousseau. Fully one third of the book covers Christianity since 1800--with special studies of the faith as practiced in Britain and Europe, North and South America, Africa, India, and the Far East--offering a compelling continuous narrative filled with insight into the enormously diverse Christian world. In the final chapters, the authors consider questions of contemporary Christian theology, conscience and belief, and explore new concepts of Christian community. Over 350 beautiful illustrations--including 32 full color plates--grace the text, ranging from mosaics, paintings and sculptures, to architecture and modern art. There are also ten maps, a chronology of important events, and an annotated guide to further reading. Throughout, the book reflects the changing world in which Christians have found themselves, and the many ways in which, individually and through the institutions of the church, they in turn have influenced history. Comprehensive, vividly narrated, and exquisitely produced, this magnificent book captures the richness and vitality of Christian thought and culture throughout the ages. It is hard to imagine a more meaningful holiday gift., This book tells the story of Christianity from its origins to the present day. Written by a team of scholars it spans 2000 years of incident to give an authoritative history of Christianity for the general reader., This richly illustrated book tells the story of Christianity from itsorigins to the present day. Written by a team of scholars, all authorities intheir fields, it spans 2000 years of colourful incident to give a uniquelyauthoritative history of Christianity for the general reader.Every aspect of the faith is explored. The introduction discusses Christianinterpretations of the historical process, and the links and tensions betweenreligious and artistic inspiration. The first section runs from the earliestChristian communities to 1800, and includes chapters on Eastern Christendom,Christianity and Islam, the Reformation, the Enlightenment, and the expansion ofChristianity. The second section is divided by geographical area, and covers theperiod 1800 to the present day. There are special studies of Britain and Europe,North and South America, Africa, India and the Far East, and the OrthodoxChurches of Eastern Europe. The final section, 'Christianity Today and Tomorrow'considers questions of Christian theology, conscience, and belief, and exploresnew images of the Christian community, ending with a glimpse of the future ofthe faith. Throughout, the book reflects the changing world in which Christianshave found themselves, and gives full weight to events and movements where theChristian response has been challenged and re-evaluated.There are over 350 illustrations, including 32 full colour plates, allspecifically chosen to complement the broad-ranging text. The book also containsten maps, a chronology, annotated guides to further reading, and a full index.Authoritative, comprehensive, and highly readable, this book captures therichness and vitality of Christian art and thought in a wide variety of culturesand times.