The History of Christianity: From the Disciples to the Dawn of the Reformation : The Great Courses: Christianity

  • by The Great Courses, Luke Timothy Johnson
  • Narrated by Professor Luke Timothy Johnson
  • Series: The Great Courses: Christianity
  • 17 hrs and 57 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

How did a persecuted sect in 1st-century Palestine rise to command such a massive influence on human culture, imagination, and spirit? How did Christianity weather the first critical stages of its historical development and attain its fundamental and enduring cultural role?
Speaking incisively to all of this and more, these 36 enthralling lectures tell the phenomenal story of Christianity's first 1,500 years, in all its remarkable diversity and complex dimension. In the company of Professor Johnson of Emory University, you'll follow the dramatic trajectory of Christianity from its beginnings as a "cult of Jesus" to its rise as a fervent religious movement; from its emergence as an unstoppable force within the Roman Empire to its critical role as an imperial religion; from its remarkable growth, amid divisive disputes and rivalries, to the ultimate schism between Eastern Orthodoxy and Western Catholicism; and from its spread throughout the Western world to its flowering as a culture that shaped Europe for 800 years.
Throughout this series, you'll look deeply into the nature and role of faith, the ethos of our civilization, and the core conceptions of identity and ethics that underlie the Western worldview. This is history in the most vivid and meaningful sense of the word: an inquiry into the past that opens a compelling awareness of our present-of our living origins, our ultimate horizons, our deeper selves.
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To be clear, the narrator speaks of Constantinian 'sponsorship' and it is explicitly stated that Christianity was not made the official religion of the empire until Theodosius I. The person who said otherwise clearly was not listening intently enough.

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- Graham & Rachel Hall

Good overview, but biased

This is very enjoyable account but perhaps should be called "A History of Catholicism in Context" (the narrator admits this bias at the start). The writer/narrator presents, at times, a very personal account and is clearly a firm devotee of Christianity which will appeal to some listeners, but perhaps not to those looking for a clinical historical analysis. It is strongest on the first 500 years of Christianity and presents an excellent overview of the complexity of early Christianity, in particular it's Jewish and Greek influences. I would have liked some more detail on non-European Christianity, but all in all there was much well presented information to take away from this overview to give the reader a good introduction to this field.of study.
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- Don

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses