• The Story of Christianity

  • A History of 2000 Years of the Christian Faith
  • By: David Bentley Hart
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (43 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In The Story of Christianity, the distinguished theologian David Bentley Hart provides a broad picture of Christian history. Presented in 50 short chapters - each focusing on a critical facet of Christian history or theology, and each amplified by timelines, and quotations - his magisterial account does full justice to the range of Christian tradition, belief, and practice - Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Anglican, Presbyterian, Evangelical, Coptic, Chaldean, Ethiopian Orthodox, Armenian Orthodox, Malankaran, to name but a few of the many possibilities. 

From the persecutions of the early church to the papal-imperial conflicts of the Middle Ages, from the religious wars of 16th and 17th-century Europe to the challenges of science and secularism in the modern era, and from the ancient Christian communities of Africa and Asia to the "house churches" of contemporary China, The Story of Christianity triumphantly captures the heterogeneous richness of Christian history.

©2009 David Bentley Hart (P)2021 Tantor

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Great Brief Overview of Christianity

Hart’s erudition and clarity is evident in every chapter, never dull or overly detailed, fair-minded to the various expressions of faith.

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Great book on Christian History

Everything that DBH writes is worth listening to. Brilliant, practical and inspirational. Please record more of DBH works.

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What Protestants Don’t Know

Hart’s excellent summation, both scholarly and well told, brings to light the rich and diverse history of Christianity, especially before and beyond modern western culture. I especially appreciated Hart’s hopeful, though not naive, perspective of history, today and the future. The narrator was superb.

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Where are the Waldensians?

The brilliant writer and theologian David Bentley Hart has brought forth the story of Christianity in an outstanding and digestible way in this sweeping book. Yet it contains one glaring omission. There is no mention of the Waldensians, the earliest proto-Protestant group in the world and the one that survives to this day as the predominant Protestant Church in italy. The early Waldensians were a model for the Franciscans. The Waldensians continued to practice their faith despite terrible persecution throughout the Middle Ages before joining with the Reformation to survive. They have come down today as a leading force for hospitality toward refugees, inclusion of peoples of different backgrounds in their communion and early ordination of women. If This brilliant author ever does another edition of this book he must include the Waldensians.

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Very good. I need not give more words for this author. But because I must, I have.

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Not a deep dive

Very cursory overview. Not a deep dive, if that is what you're looking for.

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