The Peoples Songs dJect justice but because iteals with the slightly ifferent angle the actual evolution of the anthropological and sociological aspects of a religion as well as what is worshipped within it "THAT IS FAR FASCINATING TO ME "is far fascinating to me a history of the church though you couldn t is far fascinating to me For a history of the church though you couldn t much better than this without evoting your time in semester sized chunks and maybe not even thenHonestly to hold onto the mystery and conviction of a religion on t study its history This book should have been called Christianity A Speculative History from a Somewhat Antagonistic Viewpoint I only read the first 150 pages plenty far enough to understand how MacCulloch feels about Christianity Most of the book is by nature
Extrapolation Based On A Very Fragmented Set based on a very fragmented set ocuments and conflicting histories but MacCulloch is always overanxious to undermine Christianity by taking huge leaps of speculation and is never at least that I saw in the first 150 pages willing to remain neutral or actually go the other My Name is Bob directionI found his writing style to be good and the idea for the book is fantastic I m fully prepared toeal with problems in history and with the faults of Christians throughout history but I m not willing to read a book by an author I feel I can t trust or have to constantly second guess Because of that the bits of information I gleaned are all mentally footnoted as being something to go back and verify from a less biased sourceHere are a few examplesYet at the heart of the Egypt and Exodus story is something which no subseuent Israelite fantasist would have wished to make up because it is an embarrassment the hero and leader of the Exodus the man presented as writing the Pentateuch itself has a name which is not only non Jewish but actually Egyptian Moses My response is that if the Israelites lived in Egypt for 430 years is it so surprising and embarrassing that they eventually adopt Egyptian names If the implication is that Moses was actually Egyptian why oesn t MacCulloch just say that It wouldn t be the longest logical jump he makes in the bookLater this is what MacCulloch concludes about the Beatitudes There is nothing gentle meek or mild about the Billy Bragg driving force behind these stabbing inversions of normal expectations They form a code of life which is a chorus of loveirected to the loveless or unlovable of painful honesty expressing itself with embarrassing Polly Prices Totally Secret Diary directness of joyful rejection of any counsel suggesting careful self regard or prudence That apparently is what the Kingdom of God is like Really Only the most literalistic reading of such a poetic passage could lead to such an imbecilic interpretation MacCulloch makes similar mistakes of interpretation of various other passages in the New Testament notably in the Lord s Prayer and the command to leave theead to bury their eadWhen writing about the resurrected Christ note resurrected he says He repeatedly appeared to those who had known him in ways which confused and contradicted the laws of physics Again we are talking about a ressurected being Why is physics even relevantWhen he refers to Paul and his esire to teach of salvation through Christ alone MacCulloch phrases it this way Paul managed to find a proper in the Tanakh to sum up what he wanted to say This comes across as incredibly condescending to take for granted that Paul was just manipulating the Tanakh to justify his message If MacCulloch had left out managed to find and replaced it with found it would have made all the The Majors Daughter difference It is maybe a small infraction on its own but it was for me the last strawIn a way I m reallyisappointed to stop reading this The parts of the book that talk about the origins of the Old Testament and the influence of Socrates and Aristotle on Christianity are great The Miss Shumway Waves a Wand discussion ofiffering ideas of Satan comparisons of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes ideas on prophecy and life after The Touch death in the Old Testament and the obsession with the virginity of Mary are all fascinating For now though I mone I On His Majestys Service don t have time to verify every reference and Ion t trust MacCulloch to give it to me straight What religion am I asks Homer Simpson in one episode of his family s eponymous cartoon I m the one with all the well meaning rules that Different Class don t work out in real lifeuhChristianity One of the many pleasures in Diarmaid MacCulloch s amazingly comprehensive book is getting a handle on what historical basis there is for the rules andoctrines of this prolific and mercurial religion which nowadays seems characterized by extreme reactions Are living in a time of tremendous religious awareness when both believers and non believers are The Essential Good Food Guide deeply engaged by uestions of religion and tradition seeking to understand the violence sometimes perpetrated in the name of God The son of an Anglican clergyman MacCulloch writes witheep feeling about faith His last book The Reformation was chosen by ozens of publications as Best Book of the Year and won the National Book Critics Circle Award This awe inspiring follow up is a landmark new history of the faith that continues to shape the worl. This book may be too ambitious It claims to cover three thousand years of global history but it oes so sketchily most years of global history but it In Defence of Dogs does so sketchily most its focus being on first the Middle East and second Europe and America The Britishness of the author is clear as is the fact that he himself is not a Christian The content ranges from the breezy as in hisescriptions of modern trends to the ense as in his treatment of the controversies animating the earliest church councils Most readers will find parts of it objectionable or perhaps find its omissions soStill it is not a bad read MacCulloch writes well enough peppering his tale with occasional amusing anecdotes or light sprinklings of wit and sarcasm I found none of it boring and some of it most particularly his treatment of Christianity in sub Saharan Africa informativeMy greatest objection to this enormous undertaking is that MacCulloch offered very little insight to the mysteries of the Christian faith From my perspective such mysteries are those elements of Christian belief that appear to fly in the face of experience reason and common sense How was it for instance that people murdered other people over uestions of the exact nature of the the procession of the Holy Spirit within the Trinity or for any number of other to me at least obscure reasons That they id so is fact Why they said they The City in Mind did so is often on record MacCulloch reports on these matters well enough What heoesn t Revenge (The Red Ledger do is offer insight into the real interests and passions involved into the psychologies of those people I want in other words a book that makes such concerns real to me rather than just another at aistance No One Wants You description of the surfaces of history I ll begin my review this way there are a few reviewers whoid not like this book The City Of Heavenly Tranquillity due to the secular but by no means anti Christian perspective most educated readers would expect from a serious church historian Naturally many of these reviewers associate MacCulloch with the atheistic academic left which I m sure would come as a surprise to the author given his background in the Church of England If Christian apologetics masked as church history is what you are looking for then I have a few titles for you but they are tear your eyeballs out badSuffice it to say I have been looking for a book like this one for a long time and Ioubt a better book on church history will be written anytime soon The book is information Penguins Poems for Life dense and ratherry but in all fairness to MacCulloch a litany of jokes may have added a pound or two to this already hefty tome Diarmaid oesn t spare us any etailsI was tempted to give this book 4 stars instead of 5 because it is the kind of book where you often have to read a passage than once and even then the etails on t always stick That being said I found it rather engrossing and regularly consulted other books on my shelf when reading itA very enriching read MacCulloch makes reading exhaustive history exhilarating rather than exhausting and although everyone will have a favourite nit to pick mine being the Divine Beauty dubious treatment of Hegel and the absence of anything about Erigena only the mostie hard partisan could claim that this is anything other than brilliant Ignore anyone who tells you it s anti insert your own sect here and read it Take your time And I m sure you ll be mining the recommended reading section at the back of the book before you ve finished chapter 7 at the latest What I want to know is how MacCulloch manages to tell a linear story in a way that Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone doesn t pervert the thematic content or maybe he s written a thematically arranged book whichoesn t pervert the temporal changes In either case a great relief from most long histories which are full either of repetition or of anachronies Finally I would guess that this is the only perspective from which such a book could be written son of a clergyman friend of but not believer in the religion who obviously nonetheless cares greatly not only about its history but also about its survival Avoid of course if you want a biased slanted interpretation of any given point As a Down to the Sea in Ships double priests kid both my parents were Anglican clergy an assumption was usually made that I knew uite a bit about Christianity This was not accurate as I neither had much interest in the subject nor access to aecent history about the faith MacCulloch has rectified this with A History Of Christianity Detailed yet readable he takes an unbiased look at both the good and bad of the religion never apologizing for either He also Wife by Wednesday (The Weekday Brides, doesn t ignore the spiritual faith. Once in a generation a historian will redefine his field producing a book thatemands to be read a product of electrifying scholarship conveyed with commanding skill Diarmaid MacCulloch's Christianity is such a book Breathtaking in ambition it ranges back to the origins of the Hebrew Bible and covers the world following the three main strands of the Christian faith Christianity will teach modern readers things that have been lost in time about how Jesus' message spread and how the New Testament was formed We follow the Christian story to al. Aspect of his subject matter explaining it as some of the rationale of Christians actions yet not subscribing to it either Highly recommended for anyone interested in religion and its effect on society This is a very good history It Dog Years depresses me a bit because it is written in the cynical anti establishment style which is typical of the educated elite today but it is valuable for its uality and the insight which it offers regarding the multitude ofifferent takes on Christianity most of them sincere and justified none of them isolated from political expediency which were the fruit of the early Church Its uite humbling for those who maintain the correct Chain of Fire doctrines and at the same time gives one the justification for preferring the views that one holds Oddly enough the last word in a huge tome seems to tell that it is of all things theoctrine of original sin that gives Christianity its most promising hope for continued relevance into the future This book is seriously insane I m only halfway through and we ve already covered Rome early popes African christians the Orthodox Church the beginnings of various brotherhoods and convents ways to pray Constantine early theologians and philosophers pergatory the energy of God I can t list everything The only issue I have is that it s just too much at once This is the perfect book for someone studying theologyThe Virgin Mary the Tartars the reformation and restoration Martin Luther Methodist and baptist churches celebration by slaves French Revolutionv Bible Production Free Masons uakers witches missionaries Jesuits the end of the British empire Bonhoeffer the Nazi regime Pentocostalism teaching evolution apartheid the list is endless This is a monumental piece of work by an erudite scholar It covers the whole range of Christian history from its roots in Judaism to modern The Devils Elbow (Mrs. Bradley, day As a starting point itelves into the Old Testament contrasting it s God jehovah a jealous and vengeful God with the loving God that sacrifices his son in the New TestamentIt shows the rise of Christianity from an obscure Jewish sect through the rebranding by St Paul and on to an established state religion It is a truly astonishing journey Throughout its history Christianity evolves slewing off new offshoots whilst some early established churches wither and The Making of a Caribbeanpreneur die particularly in the middle east and central asia Modern Christianity is the largest and mostynamic religion in the world I must confess that I got lost at times in trying to comprehend the infinitesimal gradations in interpretations of the substance of God and the trinity that has caused so much trouble in early Christianity and also in the bewildering array of Maharaj different churches and shades of thought in later times Considering that this book comprises a thousand pages it rattles along and subjects are introduced andealt with succinctly though not superficially before we get to the next topic A good book It took three library renewals to get through this book and thanks to an ice storm the fifth this year I still owe the library a one ay fine a whole nickel that they thank you "for and ump in a esk rawer with a bunch of rubber bands and I love "and The Stanforth Secrets (Lovers and Ladies, dump in aesk rawer with a bunch of rubber bands and I love in the country and having that library and then work kind of slammed me a little so it s just been sitting there languishing on my currently reading shelf for two weeks And in all that time I still haven t Come Up With Something up with something insightful or clever to say I keep coming up with jokes like You know what they say An atheist is just someone who s studied their religion Honestly this book was really very good It s history which I love and religious history which utterly fascinates me with the scale and grandeur of brutality people are willing to inflict on other people in the name of charity and salvation
"The whole book which kept switching from the macro to the "whole book which kept switching from the macro to the with expert timing by the way I just kept picturing all of this three thousand year saga a hiccup on the evolutionary timescale playing out from the vast vantage point of elsewhere in our galaxy where we re not even a blip of starlight in eep space And if it idn t seem petty before wellBack own on an earthly scale or not even that on a continent s scale country by country the epic and the exhaustive scope of MacCulloch s research has to be praised I can t imagine taking on a scholarship of that magnitude It s just bewildering in breadth and meticulous in etail All told though I much preferred Robert Wright s The Evolution of God not because it oes the sub. L corners of the globe filling in often neglected accounts of conversions and confrontations in Africa and Asia And we The Highwayman (Victorian Rebels, discover the roots of the faith that galvanized America charting the rise of the evangelical movement from its origins in Germany and England This book encompasses all of intellectual history we meet monks and crusaders heretics and saints slave traders and abolitionists andiscover Christianity's essential role in riving the enlightenment and the age of exploration and shaping the course of World War I and World War II We. .
The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos
One of the most important stories of World War II, already optioned by Steven Spielberg for a major motion picture: a spectacular, searing history that brings to light the extraordinary accomplishments of brave Jewish women who became resistance fighters—a group of unknown heroes whose exploits have never been chronicled in full, until now.Witnesses to the brutal murder of their families and neighbors and the violent destruction of their communities, a cadre of Jewish women in Poland—some still in their teens—helped transform the Jewish youth groups into resistance cells to fight the Nazis. With courage, guile, and nerves of steel, these “ghetto girls” paid off Gestapo guards, hid revolvers in loaves of bread and jars of marmalade, and helped build systems of underground bunkers. They flirted with German soldiers, bribed them with wine, whiskey, and home cooking, used their Aryan looks to seduce them, and shot and killed them. They bombed German train lines and blew up a town’s water supply. They also nursed the sick and taught children.
Yet the exploits of these courageous resistance fighters have remained virtually unknown.
As propulsive and thrilling as Hidden Figures, In the Garden of Beasts, Band of Brothers, and A Train in Winter, The Light of Days at last tells the true story of these incredible women whose courageous yet little known feats have been eclipsed by time. Judy Batalion—the granddaughter of Polish Holocaust survivors—takes us back to 1939 and introduces us to Renia Kukielka, a weapons smuggler and messenger who risked death traveling across occupied Poland on foot and by train. Joining Renia are other women who served as couriers, armed fighters, intelligence agents, and saboteurs, all who put their lives in mortal danger to carry out their missions. Batalion follows these women through the savage destruction of the ghettos, arrest and internment in Gestapo prisons and concentration camps, and for a lucky few—like Renia, who orchestrated her own audacious escape from a brutal Nazi jail—into the late 20th century and beyond.
Powerful and inspiring, featuring twenty black and white photographs, The Light of Days is an unforgettable true tale of war, the fight for freedom, exceptional bravery, female friendship, and survival in the face of staggering odds.