• by Diarmaid MacCulloch
  • Narrated by Walter Dixon
  • 46 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Once in a generation, a historian will redefine his field, producing a book that demands to be read and heard - a product of electrifying scholarship conveyed with commanding skill. Diarmaid MacCulloch's Christianity is such a book. Breathtaking in ambition, it ranges back to the origins of the Hebrew Bible and covers the world, following the three main strands of the Christian faith.
Christianity will teach modern listeners things that have been lost in time about how Jesus' message spread and how the New Testament was formed. We follow the Christian story to all corners of the globe, filling in often neglected accounts of conversions and confrontations in Africa and Asia. And we discover the roots of the faith that galvanized America, charting the rise of the evangelical movement from its origins in Germany and England. This audiobook encompasses all of intellectual history - we meet monks and crusaders, heretics and saints, slave traders and abolitionists, and discover Christianity's essential role in driving the enlightenment and the age of exploration, and shaping the course of World War I and World War II.
We are living in a time of tremendous religious awareness, when both believers and non-believers are deeply engaged by questions of religion and tradition, seeking to understand the violence sometimes perpetrated in the name of God. The son of an Anglican clergyman, MacCulloch writes with deep feeling about faith. His last book, The Reformation, was chosen by dozens of publications as Best Book of the Year and won the National Book Critics Circle Award. This awe-inspiring follow-up is a landmark new history of the faith that continues to shape the world.


What the Critics Say

"Assuming no previous knowledge on the part of readers about Christian traditions, MacCulloch traces in breathtaking detail the often contentious arguments within Christianity for the past 3,000 years. His monumental achievement will not soon be surpassed." ( Publishers Weekly)
"A work of exceptional breadth and subtlety." ( Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

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Great writing, very disappointing reading

As many other reviewers have said, the reader of this book is very disappointing. I have no objection to listening to Americans, but in this case some of the pronunciations of words, particularly when they are referring to things relating to England, are just wrong, and I've never even heard Americans pronounce them that way. I was also irritated by his apparently careful pronunciation of the words "Irish" and "Ireland" with a self-conscious Irish brogue; I kept thinking "If he goes to that much trouble for those words why can't he put a bit of effort into the rest of it!

I spent most of my listening time having to suppress a constant level of irritation with the poor reading. I would definitely NOT buy another Audible book if it was narrated by this reader.

This is a great shame because the writing itself is really good.
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- Sazza

Jesus, this is interesting

Would you consider the audio edition of Christianity to be better than the print version?

Yes. Because it would have taken me 3000 years to read it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Christianity?

I'm tempted to say the bit where the central character, Jesus, (spoiler alert) gets crucified but on reflection I think it's the bits where his supporters, Christians, do loads of things that he didn't want them to do.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The bit where Martin Luther points out that everyone is doing it wrong is priceless.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, the chapter dealing with Joseph Smith. I was so glad that no-one really believed this guy. How sad that he should waste his life in this way.

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- Mr

Book Details

  • Release Date: 30-03-2010
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC