as an atheist I'm looking for a comprehensive book on the history of early christianity, early churches, church-fathers and the evolution during the first centuries from/with - & this is important - a secular historical view Publisher. For God, this author writes, “a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day” (3:8). Shareable Link. Wilken writes well about the influence of the church on the development of art and music. Moving through the formation o. I think this helps combat our dominating Western ideologies and helps de-center Europe as assumed "hub" of Christian history. The author's writing is interesting and accessible...for the most part. Please try again. SUMMARY. The fact that it is global in perspective is really what sets it apart from similar works. This beautifully written book sets new standards on multiple levels, and should stand for a long time as the benchmark by which all other surveys are measured. Although I have taught much of this era to college history classes, I learned a lot from several chapters in this book. Wilken also brings you into North Africa, Ethiopia, and various Arabic-speaking nations. It is not that it is bad, or wrong, or stupid, in any way. It begins with a very brief overview of the life of Jesus. It describes how Christianity went from a small Jewish sect in Palestine to becoming a global religion, all within the first 1000 years of its existence. This book was required reading for a graduate studies class on History of the Church at a renowned Catholic university. He approaches the history of the church as a history of cultures and societies as much as it is a history of ideas and beliefs. Also praise-worthy is Wilken's exploration of Christianity in the East, including accounts of the faith in places like Georgia, Armenia, Syria, China, and India. Its treatment is learned, thorough, but also accessible for all aspects of early Christian history, and especially for the great significance of Islam to the entire Christian world from the seventh century forward. Non confessional & non theological. "[A] masterly and generous-spirited account . Published 20 December 2012 There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. He discusses, architecture and art as well as philosophy and the key theological debates across the first thousand years. He calls Christianity a “personality cult” in which he describes Jesus as a historical figure who was admired and present as God by the early believers. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. 388. A couple of. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. His emphasis on the spread of Christianity beyond the Roman empire shows that the gospel has had a global reach from the very beginning of the church's history. Verified Purchase Robert Louis Wilken's "The First Thousand" years is an exemplary survey of Christianity's first millenium. Gives great context for the Eastern churches, and doesn't shy away from the rise of Islam in formerly Catholic areas. As a teacher, I was pleased to see that most chapters could stand on their own as short reading assignments for students, but the book hangs together well and transitions are smooth. It seemed more like a collection of essays than a cohesive story. To see what your friends thought of this book, The First Thousand Years: A Global History of Christianity, I think Robert Louis Wilken is fantastic, but this is the weakest book of his that I have read. In the middle of the book, Wilken includes a number of high-resolution, full-colour pictures of art and architecture for further reference. Reading Selection 1: Diarmaid MacCulloch, Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years, 1-12. Refresh and try again. He also brings a nuanced perspective to controversial chapters (like the ascent of Constantine) and wisely incorporates the story of Islam into the shifting geo-political grounds of the time period. Willken does an admirable job of synthesizing vast amounts of historical theory, while also maintaining a sense of narrative throughout. In this way Wilken is able to show the way in which Christianity progressively defined itself by all those things it was not, while also suffering divisions through some of those defin. I think Robert Louis Wilken is fantastic, but this is the weakest book of his that I have read. The best history I have read on the church’s first 1,000 years. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 27, 2015. And it delivers what it advertises itself to be. Reviewed in the United States on May 14, 2019. Journal of Religious History. Willken does an admirable job of synthesizing vast amounts of historical theory, while also maintaining a sense of narrative throughout. Wilken, Robert Louis. How much more those of the past! A great introduction to the global history of Christianity in the first millennium. Robert Wilken, one of our best historians, provides here a fascinating account of Christianity’s first millennium, the undivided church which is the patrimony of all Christians. II: From the Reformation to the Present. Moving through the formation of early institutions, practices, and beliefs to the transformations of the Roman world after the conversion of Constantine, he sheds new light on the subsequent stories of Christianity in the Latin West, the Byzantine and Slavic East, the Middle East, and Central Asia. Bruce Kaye. Summary Christianity, 325-650s: Conversion, the Papacy, and Monasticism I Christianity and the Church are themes running through almost every aspect of early medieval political, social, and of course, religious history. He does this well. It covers a broad range of topics like the first instances of Monasticism, the Gnostic Gospels and arguments against them, and the people started them. Please try your request again later. Like earlier visitors from the Roman Empire, he had undertaken the long journey to bring home peppercorns from the Malabar coastal region, and he called India the land where “pepper grows.” • The thousand years between King David and Jesus Christ are so important to Christianity, MacCulloch labels them “the first millennium of Christian history,” for these years established the notions of God’s chosen one, the Temple in Jerusalem, Yahweh as one supreme God, and “the foreordained salvation of the Jewish people” (56). Beginning with the life of Jesus, Robert Louis Wilken narrates the dramatic spread and development of Christianity over the first thousand years of its history. Of all the history books I've had to read, I probably enjoyed this one the most of all. He shows how the church starts as a group of outsiders committed to proclaiming the resurrection of Jesus and creating communities wherever they went. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. It was easy to lose track of where the book was in time when parts were organized around different geographical locations. £25. TorielleWhitaker. The work is accessible to those who know very little about the history of Christianity but useful even to experts in the field. On the other hand, the book does consistently excel in one thing—communicating the loss suffered when Islam dominated or exterminated Christianity in its lands of first flourishing, from northern Africa to Mesopotamia. I especially liked the fact that Wilken included material on eastern, African, and Egyptian Christians which are often left out or minimized in other surveys of church history. Reviewed in the United States on November 25, 2012. It provided great insights into the formation of the structures of worship in the church which we often take for granted as always having been there. Finally, Wilkens devotes some time to follow the different linguistic traditions of the expanding Christian world, highlighting the role of certain languages such as Syriac, Coptic and Slavonic in facilitating the conversion of communities further removed from the Roman world. I was shocked actually because this author has reviews that are oozing with honor. I especially liked the fact that Wilken included material on eastern, African, and Egyptian Christians which are often left out or minimized in other surveys of church history. For this non-expert Catholic, this text was an extraordinary learning experience. This is a book that is written almost in story book fashion. Suggestions pls? "A lively, engaging, and highly enjoyable tour of the church’s first millennia. One of the things I appreciate is the way Wilken challenges the traditional ancient/medieval periodization by venturing past the fall of the western Roman empire with an extended treatment of the rise of Islam, conversion of the Slavic lands, and much more. This is a great primer, especially for understanding the global reach of early Christianity- highly recommended especially for western Christians! An excellent, non-Euro-centric history of the first millennium of Christianity! The Apostolic Age Publisher: Edition: Fourth Edition Book ID: Spine bands and panel edges somewhat rubbed and dust-toned as with age. An excerpt from Robert Louis Wilken’s The First Thousand Years: In the early sixth century, a merchant set out from Egypt to sail to the southern coast of India. Wilken tends to focus on the moving cultural perimeter of the growing Christian communities, from its initial boundary with Judaism to that with Paganism to its own internal divisions to that with Islam. I found the organization a little confusing. In my mind, it displaces Chadwick as my top recommendation for nonspecialists. Ten years in the making and the result of a lifetime of study, this is Robert Louis Wilken’s summa, a moving, reflective, and commanding account from a scholar at the height of his powers. Find many great new & used options and get the best deals for The First Thousand Years: A Global History of Christianity by Robert Louis Wilken (Paperback, 2013) at the best online prices at eBay! He shows how the church starts as a group of outsiders committed to proclaiming the resurrection of Jesus and creating communities wherever they went. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “We are not makers of history. Those who read a lot know that this contributes to the reading experience. "—Timothy George, Dean of Beeson Divinity School. Welcome back. Also praise-worthy is Wilken's exploration of Christianity in the East, including accounts of the faith in places like Georgia, Armenia, Syria, China, and India. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. I especially appreciated the attention devoted to Eastern and African Christianity. Wilken also follows the regional histories of the early splinters of Christianity, particularly that of the Church of the East and its reach to the confines of the Eurasian continent at its apogee. I appreciate the broad scope of Wilken’s work, including churches like the Armenian Church, the Egyptian church, or the Slavic church that have been underreported in other church histories. Fascinating and important information but sometimes clunky in execution. Also praise-worthy is Wilken's exploration of Christianity in the East, including accounts of the faith in places like Georgia, Armenia, Syria, China, and India. Through a selected narration of particularly noteworthy persons and events, Wilken demonstrates how the coming of Christianity set in motion one of the most profound revolutions the world has known. It begins with a very brief overview of the life of Jesus. By Robert Louis Wilken. He includes explorations of art and music and never skirts around the dark figures or chapters of the Church's history. (Downside for academics: No footnotes, although a lengthy bibliography at the. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012; pp. The First Thousand Years: A Global History of Christianity. Each chapter is interesting and engaging by itself, but for some reason they didn’t coalesce into a narrative whole. Wilken does an excellent job hitting all the main points and connecting the issues of different regions to provide the reader with a beautiful, broad stroke overview of Christian history that encapsulates all its different ethnicities and locations. New Haven–London: Yale University Press, 2012. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. Riddled with errors and no citations to support his erroneous conclusions! His inclusion of Asia, North African and Byzantium provide a fuller view of the first thousand years of Christianity. "—David Hart, author of. His writing style makes it easy and interesting to read. He also brings a nuanced perspective to controversial chapters (like the ascent of Constantine) and wisely incorporates the story of Islam into the shif. It is a pure joy to read. His goal is to show the global scope of Christianity, and the global influences that have shaped it. Search for more papers by this author. One of the most pleasant history texts I've read in a long time. He covers not only the rise of Latin Christianity but of all the movements including, Byzantine, African, Eastern, Slavic and Greek. Highly recommended to anyone interested in the history of the church. Clearly meticulously researched, yet easily readable even for the non-academic; just often enough, he recaps what he's just explained at length, highlighting the overall importance of what might otherwise seem like minutiae. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. How did a community that was largely invisible in the first two centuries of its existence go on to remake the civilizations it inhabited, culturally, politically, and intellectually? Wilken provides a great overview of Christian history from the death of Christ through the year 1000. It is that it falls into the genre I call “capsule history,” where many short chapters cover different happenings, and only a loose framework connects the chapters. So I decided to give this book a try as well. This perspective brought up individuals and events previously outlined but hard to remember. Start by marking “The First Thousand Years: A Global History of Christianity” as Want to Read: Error rating book. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. There was a problem loading your book clubs. The First Thousand Years: A Global History of Christianity. On the other hand, the book does consis. Search for more papers by this author. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. As a teacher, I was pleased to see that most chapters could stand on their own as short reading assignments for stu. Pp. 6 maps+16 colour plates. Wilken has clearly been polishing this in his mind for a long time, and you can see the effects of having taught it in the perfectly turned examples and vivid characters he uses as exemplars. Wilken starts with the life of Jesus and follows an approach encyclopedically organized around topics and geography to close with the Christianization of the Slavs in the 10th Century. In my mind, it displaces Chadwick as my top recommendation for nonspecialists. Worth the read! 416 pages, softcover. Although I have taught much of this era to college history classes, I learned a lot from several chapters in this book. I read Tom Holland - Millennium - found it outstanding and want to learn more about the earlier time. It provided great insights into the formation of the structures of worship in the church which we often take for granted as always having been there. I appreciated Wilken's attention to those Christian areas outside the Latin West, where most Christian history is commonly located and discussed. Tried by Fire is a major narrative history of Christianity's first thousand years by acclaimed educator and #1 New York Times bestselling author William J. Bennett.Full of larger-than-life characters, stunning acts of bravery, and heart-rending sacrifice, Tried by Fire narrates the rise and expansion of Christianity from an obscure regional sect to the established faith of the world’s greatest empire with influence … In fact, it's probably the most objective historical survey I've read. In this way Wilken is able to show the way in which Christianity progressively defined itself by all those things it was not, while also suffering divisions through some of those definitions. This is the best survey of 1st-millennium Christian history I've read, and arguably one of the better texts on the market. The author's writing is interesting and accessible...for the most part. It talks about the Acts of the Apostles; the controversies in the early Church such as: food, circumcision, and welcoming gentile believers. The First Thousand Years: A Global History of Christianity (9780300198386) by Robert Louis Wilken [FREE DOWNLOAD]] Great Christian Jurists in English History (Law and Christianity) by Cambridge University Press PPT. (Downside for academics: No footnotes, although a lengthy bibliography at the back.) Many of these histories don't make the cut in other textbooks. This is a book that is written almost in story book fashion. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 6, 2015. I am less enthusiastic. To date, Wilken's lucid, observant, and easy-to-read book is my favourite account of the foundational first millennium of Christendom. The rise and spread of Islam had a lasting impact on the future of Christianity, and several chapters are devoted to the early experiences of Christians under Muslim rule. A very factual summary of the early church with little to no commentary on the "rightness" of the actions of the church or individuals. 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