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With an unbiased and overall optimistic tone, Johnson traces the fantastic scope of the consequent sects of Christianity and the people who followed them, from the time of the apostle Paul through the Second Vatican Council. Information drawn from extensive and varied sources around the world makes this history as credible as it is reliable. Invaluable understanding of the framework of modern Christianity and its trials and tribulations throughout history has never before been contained in such a captivating work.
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By Catherine BF on 05-08-17
Read Brant Pitre's the case for Jesus instead.
He seems to take as fact the arguments of several atheist scholars who make it a goal to discredit the gospels instead of investigating the matter for himself. Of course there are conflicting writings. St Paul speaks of many teaching an alternative gospel. That is why the apocrypha weren't endorsed by those in the direct student-teacher line of the apostles aka the early church fathers. Also, all were written before the fall of Jerusalem 40 years after Jesus' death. I'm 75mn in and he hasn't gotten off that topic. I am returning this book.
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