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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: SPCK Publishing (18 August 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0281076197
  • ISBN-13: 978-0281076192
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 6.3 x 23.3 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 880 g
  • Customer Reviews: 4.5 out of 5 stars101 customer ratings
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'Few authors would be up to the task of writing a comprehensive history of one of the world's most widespread and diverse religions, but with this book, Australian historian Blainey manages to create a narrative that is both scholarly and all-encompassing without being rambling or tedious... With a conversational tone and an astonishing wealth of information compacted into more than 600 pages, this title is ideal for any pursuit, whether personal or scholarly.' - Library Journal; 'Blainey has provided with his latest book a clear and dependable history of Christianity. This is not a scholar's reference work but a very accessible, engagingly readable story. It combines organizational detail and theological controversies with the sense of what it was like to be a Christian in different contexts over two thousand years. His history has a richly human quality without sentimentality or, for that matter, 'side-taking' in the debates and conflicts reported... 'The need for a book like this is enormous... Those who are not Christian would benefit from this balanced and unvarnished account of a monumentally influential religion. Christians would benefit from what only a study of history can bring: a counter to the ignorance which predisposes us to repeat past errors.';- Insights

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Geoffrey Blainey is one of Australia's most eminent historians. He held a chair at Harvard University and taught for many years at the University of Melbourne. The Oxford Companion to Australian History calls him 'the most prolific, wide-ranging, inventive' of all living Australian historians.

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