• The Age of Paradise: Christendom from Pentecost to the First Millennium

  • Paradise and Utopia: The Rise and Fall of What the West Once Was, Book 1
  • By: John Strickland
  • Narrated by: John Strickland
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"Before there was a West, there was Christendom. This book tells the story of how both came to be.” (from the Introduction). 

The Age of Paradise is the first of a projected four-volume history of Christendom, a civilization with a supporting culture that gave rise to what we now call the West. At a time of renewed interest in the future of Western culture, author John Strickland—an Orthodox scholar, professor, and priest—offers a vision rooted in the deep past of the first millennium. At the heart of his story is the early Church’s “culture of paradise”, an experience of the world in which the kingdom of heaven was tangible and familiar. Drawing not only on worship and theology but statecraft and the arts, the author reveals the remarkably affirmative character Western culture once had under the influence of Christianity—in particular, of Eastern Christendom, which served the West not only as a cradle but as a tutor and guardian as well.

©2019 John Strickland (P)2022 John Strickland
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The Age of Paradise Provides Great Background of the Early Church

The Age of Paradise is a must read! It provides great historical references of the early church and how it evolved over the early centuries. I recommend to any reader interested in an intellectually sound Christian book.

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Accessible Overview of Church History

"The Age of Paradise" lays out church history from Pentecost to the eve of the Great Schism in a format accessible and understandable to a variety of listeners. Through its flowing, almost narrative, style the author recounts nearly a thousand years of councils, church fathers, conflict, and intrigue within a relatively compact book. I appreciated the Orthodox lens through which events were interpreted, shedding light on the historical events which formed our current church structure in relation to the broader world. I would be interested to see the direction the following books in this series take in their exposition of Christianity's past.