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The rise of Christianity
Nardo, Don, 1947-
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San Diego, Calif. : Greenhaven Press, [1999]

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224 pages : map ; 23 cm.
The birth of Christianity -- The growth and spread of Christianity -- The problems of Christianity -- The triumph of Christianity.
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BR162.2 .R56 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Now one of the world's predominant religions, Christianity survived difficult beginnings during a turbulent time in history. The authors of the essays in this volume discuss the birth, growth, and spread of Christianity as well as the problems faced by the early christians.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 10 and up. This excellent overview of Christianity's rise and eventual triumph as a world religion is part of the Turning Points in World History series. The book comprises 19 essays by top scholars in the field of religion and history, including Michael Grant and Will Durant. Among the topics covered are the Jewish background of Christianity; the life of Jesus; the growth of Christianity, with emphasis on the work of the apostles; Roman persecution of Christians and the impact of rival religions on the early church; and the spread of Christianity across Europe and the role of Christianity as the official religion of Rome. The lucid and thought-provoking essays are presented in a crisply designed format. High-school and junior-college libraries will find this a worthwhile purchase for the 200 shelves. --Ilene Cooper

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6 Up-Nardo's compact history covers Christianity from its Jewish and Roman contexts through its fourth-century triumph, with a brief glance at subsequent developments to the year 2000. Full discussion of background; brief biographies of Jesus and Paul; and concise treatment of persecutions, politics, worship, creeds, and apologists lead to the central role of Constantine and then to consideration of monasticism, heresies, ethics, and papal primacy. The strengths of the book include its parenthetical definitions, maps, footnotes, substantial extracts from primary sources, the annotated bibliography, and a time line. The black-and-white illustrations are not exciting. Unfortunately, there is a near-total absence of women (briefest mention of Mary, none of Helena, Monica, or of women as the mainstay of the early Church, even in its liturgy; women appear only as rejected by the Essenes and deprived of divorce rights by Christianity). There is no mention of the influence of Christianity on the arts and culture, and the rites of Mithras are assigned to Cybele. Still, this readable volume serves equally well as a guide to the central ideas of Christianity and to the political, social, and spiritual transformation it wrought in the years up to the fall of Rome.-Patricia Lothrop-Green, St. George's School, Newport, RI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.