When Diarmaid MacCulloch released his award-winning book The Reformation, it was met with wide acclaim for its unparalleled depth and accessible insight into one of the most important eras in Christian history. Now, in Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years, MacCulloch takes you not only to the dawn of Christian history, but into the backdrop of the pre-New Testament Greco-Roman culture which ultimately informed, influenced and surrounded the middle-eastern world of Jesus' revolutionary ministry.
MacCulloch's Christianity is an unprecedented historical journey that takes the reader through Greek and Roman antiquity, to the events of the Intertestamental period, and through the span of Christ's time on Earth. Further, MacCulloch eloquently narrates the events surrounding Apostolic Christianity, the doctrinal struggles during the era of the Ecumenical Councils, the growing divide between the Greek East and Latin West, the tumultuous period of the Crusades, the turbulent world of the Protestant Reformation and the events precipitating the awakenings in America and Great Britain. In addition, McCulloch introduces the reader to numerous monks, crusaders and mystics, as well as many lesser-known heretics and saints, breathing life into the vibrant spectrum of Christianity's three major branches. Magnificent in its scope, Diarmaid MacCulloch's work is certain to be an unrivaled benchmark in the field of Christian history for years to come.