A People's History of Christianity

  • by Diana Butler Bass
  • Narrated by Karen Saltus
  • 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For too long, the history of Christianity has been told as the triumph of orthodox doctrine imposed through power and hierarchy. In A People's History of Christianity, historian and religion expert Diana Butler Bass reveals an alternate history that includes a deep social ethic and far-reaching inclusivity: "the other side of the story" is not a modern phenomenon, but has always been practiced within the church. Butler Bass persuasively argues that corrective - even subversive - beliefs and practices have always been hallmarks of Christianity and are necessary to nourish communities of faith.
In the same spirit as Howard Zinn's groundbreaking work The People's History of the United States, Butler Bass's A People's History of Christianity brings to life the movements, personalities, and spiritual disciplines that have always informed and ignited Christian worship and social activism.
A People's History of Christianity authenticates the vital, emerging Christian movements of our time, providing the historical evidence that celebrates these movements as thoroughly Christian and faithful to the mission and message of Jesus.


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What made the experience of listening to A People's History of Christianity the most enjoyable?

The well-written and well-researched text.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Anne Askew

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Karen Saltus?

Anyone who understood basic pronunciation of religious terminology and important religious figures. Some basic words, like "theologian" were consistently mispronounced.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

a bit too long for that, but I returned to it over a few days to finish.

Any additional comments?

To honor the scholarship of the text and to maintain credibility, the pronunciation of the reader/performer needs to be monitored. She has a beautiful voice, clearly talented, but needs help with pronunciation of religious terminology.

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- Eugenia

I've never been so disappointed in a book

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The chapter breakouts were very interesting. For example, I was so excited to listen to the early Christian history, 0-500 AD. However, the narrative skipped all over the place and didn't pay any attention to telling a good story. I am a Howard Zinn fan, and this book has no relationship to his work, despite the title.

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- Anne Michaud

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-10-2011
  • Publisher: HarperAudio