The History of Christianity II: From the Reformation to the Modern Megachurch
- Narrated by: Molly Worthen
- Length: 17 hrs and 49 mins
- Release date: 10-11-17
- Language: English
- Publisher: The Great Courses
The History of Christianity II: From the Reformation to the Modern Megachurch picks up where The Great Courses' first history of Christianity left off: with the Protestant Reformation. Over 36 fascinating lectures, Professor Molly Worthen of the University of North Carolina traces the story of Christianity as it transformed from a relatively homogenous entity at the end of the Middle Ages through the diverse global religion of today.
While Professor Worthen gives you plenty of insight into theology, her primary focus is to place Christianity in its historical context. She personalizes history with stories of individual players and blends their narratives with larger trends give you the full history of momentous events, including the formation of myriad Protestant denominations, the Catholic Counter-Reformation, the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment, the Cold War, and the spread of Christianity to Latin America, China, and South Korea.
As you'll discover, Christianity has been at the center of momentous transformations around the globe and is now the largest religion in the world. Professor Worthen is a marvelous storyteller, and brings history to life through the stories of people across history - scientists and theologians, revolutionaries and social justice warriors, commentators and ordinary people living out the great drama of Christian history. From Martin Luther's 95 Theses to Latin American liberation theology, this is a magisterial course, and a must-have for students.
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By Catherine on 12-12-17
History of Christianity
An amazing overview of ~500 years of Christianity from a most articulate and concise professor. Never once was the awful "But we don't have time for...." uttered! This story is a global tale, woven together with insight, connecting very many strands of Christianity over time. I have learned very much but also that no church denomination, break-away group or national church is known mainly through the centuries for its unrelenting demonstration of love. There is more to do!
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By Cecilia Mills on 31-03-18
A history from someone who takes Christianity seriously
What I really liked about this was the absence of condescension towards believers: Worthen tells a very comprehensive story and never forgets that these experiences are extremely important and often life changing. Also the global orientation was very refreshing: Christianity is much more than American televangelists and the series provides excellent coverage of contemporary Christianity in Africa, Latin America and Asia.
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