Cover image for The story of Christianity
The story of Christianity
Collins, Michael, 1960-
Personal Author:
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : DK Pub., 1999.
Physical Description:
240 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 29 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Subject Term:
Added Author:
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
BR145.2 .C63 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
BR145.2 .C63 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
BR145.2 .C63 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
BR145.2 .C63 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
BR145.2 .C63 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
BR145.2 .C63 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
BR145.2 .C63 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
BR145.2 .C63 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

On Order



Co-authored by a Roman Catholic priest and a Protestant minister, The Story of Christianity offers a balanced, accessible, and visually appealing overview of the complex and controversial history of the religion worldwide. Full color.

Author Notes

Michael Collins was ordained into the Catholic church in 1985. After achieving a doctorate in Rome in the early history of the church, he became a consultant to the Vatican committee for the preparation of the Millennium celebrations. He is Director of the Foundation for the Pontific Institute of Christian Archaeology in Rome, as well as Associat Professor of History at the American University in Rome. He contributes regularly to a wide number of journals, and is a frequent broadcaster on radio.
Matthew A. Price is the President of Upland Publishing, a Tennessee-based publisher of Christian books, Bibles, and music. From 1990-1996 he was Vice-President and Publisher of Star Song Communications. From 98-990 he worked for Tyndale House Publishers, becoming Director of Development. Matthew holds a BA in English and an MA in Church History from Wheaton College.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Coauthored by an Irish Catholic priest and an American evangelical publisher, this sumptuously illustrated volume offers a whirlwind tour of the Christian Church. The narrative kicks off with Abraham, the Old Testament patriarch, followed by a nutshell outline of ancient Israelite history. The authors then move on to discuss the life of Jesus, the growth of the early Church, the conversion of Europe, the Great Schism, the Crusades, the Renaissance, Western revivalism and the Church's global mission. Sidebars along the way introduce such expansive topics as Mithraism, Orthodox iconography and Gothic architecture as well as such diverse figures as Cyrus the Great, Josephus, Martin Luther, Karl Marx, Oscar Romero and Desmond Tutu. Such astounding breadth necessitates the sacrifice of depth, and readers with no prior exposure to Church history will be dizzied by the book's breakneck pace, but the well-chosen illustrations that adorn this volume have something to offer even the crustiest scholar. With full-color photographs ranging from ancient Gnostic amulets to an aerial view of a Promise Keepers rally, the art direction of this striking book seems nothing less than divinely inspired. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

This book is aptly subtitled: it is a "celebration," a coffee-table book, not a critically engaging text about Christianity. Emphasizing a global perspective, Collins (protocol adviser to Pope John Paul II) and Price (president of Upland Publishing, a Christian press) argue that Christians should put aside their differences and embrace each other for the greater good. Their narrative, which begins in the Middle East and ends with the Promise Keepers in the United States, touches on the persecution of Christians throughout history, the missionary programs that spread the gospel to non-Christians, and the rapidly expanding growth of Christianity through the Third World. Little is said about Christians' persecutions of people of other faiths or of the devastating effects of European imperialism, which piggybacked on Christianity as it made its way across the world. Written for the faithful, this book has no surprises. Still, this "celebration" is generally informative and can serve as an introduction to the uninitiated who wish to learn about how the Christians see themselves. With beautiful illustrations; recommended for public libraries.√ĄGlenn Masuchika, Chaminade Univ. Lib., Honolulu (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Authors' Prefacep. 6
Introductionp. 7
The Roots of Christianity
The Old Testament: The Story of Israelp. 14
Between the Old and The New Testamentsp. 20
"For unto us a Child Is Born"p. 24
The Infant Churchp. 30
Church and Empire
A New Religionp. 38
Worship and Leadershipp. 40
Challenges to the Early Churchp. 42
Persecutionp. 44
Defending the Faithp. 46
The Triumph of Faithp. 48
The Developing Churchp. 50
The Great Persecutionp. 54
Christian Empire
Christianizing the Empirep. 58
Crisis in the Empirep. 60
The Church Gains Powerp. 64
Monasticismp. 66
Augustine: The Victory of Gracep. 68
Barbarians in the Westp. 70
The Church in the Eastp. 74
Byzantium in its Gloryp. 76
An Era of Missionsp. 78
The Conversion of Europe
Civilizing the Barbariansp. 82
Mission and Reformp. 84
Invasions in the Eastp. 88
A New Empire and A Christian Culturep. 90
Western Europe Returns to Chaosp. 94
Church, State, and Monksp. 96
Splendor and Schismp. 98
Crusades to Renaissance
The Gregorian Reformersp. 106
The Crusadesp. 108
Revival in Faith, Art, and Learningp. 110
Friars and Faithp. 114
Devotion and Divisionp. 118
The Eastern Churchesp. 122
The Renaissancep. 124
The Reformation
Europe at the Time of the Reformationp. 130
The Reformation in Germanyp. 132
The Reformation in Switzerlandp. 136
The Radical Reformationp. 138
The Spread of the Reformationp. 140
The Catholic Reformationp. 146
Early World Missionsp. 150
The Close of the Reformationp. 152
Enlightenment and Revival
The Impact of the Enlightenmentp. 156
Catholic Movementsp. 158
Arminianism and Pietismp. 160
Churches under Attackp. 162
Revival Firesp. 164
The Orthodox Church in the Age of Reasonp. 170
Mission and Revolution
New World of Freedomp. 174
Christianity Attacked, Divided, and Flourishingp. 176
New Movements in Protestantismp. 178
A New Era for Missionsp. 182
American Christianityp. 184
The Eastern Churchesp. 188
Christianity in Industrial Societyp. 190
World Evangelizationp. 194
Fortress Romep. 198
Facing the New Centuryp. 200
The Global Church
A World at War and A New Theologyp. 204
The Orthodox Church in Communist Russiap. 206
The West between the Warsp. 208
World War II and Afterp. 210
Developing Churchesp. 212
Ecumenical Movementsp. 214
Social Issues and Activismp. 216
Changing Catholicismp. 220
The New Evangelicalsp. 222
The Pentecostal Movementp. 224
World Christianityp. 226
Glossaryp. 230
Indexp. 233
Picture Information and Acknowledgmentsp. 239