• The Story of Christianity, Vol. 2, Revised and Updated

  • The Reformation to the Present Day
  • By: Justo L. González
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 18 hrs and 27 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (279 ratings)

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Beginning with the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century, this fully revised and updated second volume of The Story of Christianity continues the marvelous history of the world's largest religion. Award-winning historian Justo González brings to life the people, dramatic events, and theological debates that have shaped Protestantism, Catholicism, and Orthodoxy. From the monk Martin Luther, who dared to stand up to a corrupt pope, to the surprising spread and growing vitality of today's church in Africa, Asia, and South America, The Story of Christianity offers a complete and up-to-date retelling of this amazing history.

With new information on the important contributions of women to church history as well as the latest information on Christianity in developing countries, González's richly textured study discusses the changes and directions of the church up to the 21st century. The Story of Christianity covers such recent occurrences as the fall of the Soviet Union and the return of the Russian Orthodox Church; feminist, African American, and third-world theologies; the scandals and controversies facing the reign of Pope Benedict XVI; interfaith dialogue; and the movement toward unity of all Christian churches. This revised and updated edition of The Story of Christianity concludes with a thoughtful look at the major issues and debates facing Christianity today.

©2017 Justo L. Gonzalez (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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okay, but very biased.

in volume 1, Gonzalez approached the subject of Christian history more objectively. But when he came closer to modern times, one can immediately begin to see his leftist socialist bias. He continuously couches "conservative" movements as backward or reactionary, while praising anything progressive as forward thinking and needed. He repeatedly refers to the excesses of right-wing political movements, but any excesses of leftwing political movements, which are many and egregious, he either downplays or ignores completely. And when people throughout history have mixed Christian doctrine with secular anti-Biblical thinking, he puts this in a positive light, while putting any objections to such developments into the "conservative reactionary" category. He even couches in glowing positive terms how many Latin American churches are combining "Marxian theory" with Christian doctrinal teaching. This is a serious red flag. Marxism is a satanic and evil ideology, and anything less than total condemnation of it should be highly suspect to any reader. His examination of the earlier parts of Christianity are good and interesting, but this second volume is heavily tainted by his socialist leftist bias.

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An excellent and objective view if church history

This book significantly changed my understanding of church history, while affirming and strenthening my commitment to an understanding of Christianity that is free from statism and hierarchicalism, both of which have been a plague on true bielievers.

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Good information but tedious

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

It depends. If they are a fan of history than yes, if not then no.

What three words best describe Michael Kramer’s voice?

I love Michael Kramer's voice. I've listened to two books of his and he did great with both.

Could you see The Story of Christianity, Vol. 2, Revised and Updated being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No, this is a dry history read.

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The author no doubt did great research and laid out the history from the reformation and on. However I just couldn't get into this like I did with volume 1. I think the format made it difficult to follow and at times the details got repetitive by rehashing the same movement for each region.

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Excellent Survey of Christianity

I read both volumes for a (2 semester) Church History class (at Bethlehem College & Seminary). I REALLY enjoy both González’s writing and the audio version. Highly recommended!!

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Just as good as the first volume!

You have to continue from the first half and all makes sense. useful as a teaching tool.

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Great.

Page 486 skips over a quote by James Cone. They need to fix that. Over all clear and understandable voice.

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Excellent text!

Vol 2 was required reading for my Christian History II class and I am so glad it was. I got the audio recording for the last section because I am a slow reader and listening-while-reading keeps me moving along and a decent pace. Well-written book with enjoyable narration on the audio. Two thumbs up!

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Missing some chapters

Great book and narration. I bought this book for my.college course and unfortunately this version is missing a few important chapters on Chritianity.in Latin America.

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Good global view. But he does not like America for

some reason... it's not unique to him and he can't find anything good in early colonial times and not much after 1776...

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Fair, Balanced and Comprehensive

I have gone through both volumes of Church History from this author twice now and I am left with an overwhelming feeling of gratitude. the ways and depth with which he has presented the history of the church not only gives us a better understanding of how we have arrived where we are but also a deeper admiration of the men and women who have given thier lives for it. thank you for your service sir to both the world and to our Lord and Savior