By Geoffrey Blainey
A quick historical past of Christianity vividly describes some of the major gamers within the religion’s upward thrust and fall throughout the a while, from Jesus himself to Francis of Assisi, Martin Luther, Francis Xavier, John Wesley, or even the Beatles, who claimed to be “more renowned than Jesus.” Blainey takes us into the area of Christian worshipers throughout the ages—from housewives to stonemasons—and lines the increase of the critics of Christ and his followers.
Eminently readable, and written with Blainey’s attribute interest and storytelling ability, this publication frequently areas Christianity on the middle of global historical past. Will it stay close to the heart? Blainey’s narrative illustrates that Christianity’s background is a much-repeated tale of ups and downs.
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Pp. 55f. , p. 56. Some hints in this direction can be found in another essay in the same volume, Trinity and Revelation', pp. 131-47. And one should note the Christological ramifications of Williams's remark: 'Christ is "produced" by the history of the covenant people' (p. 58). Incarnation or immanence? On this see the very suggestive essay of C. Ernst, 'The Significance for Ecclesiology of the Declaration on non-Christian Religions and the Decree on Missions of Vatican II', Multiple Echo (London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 1979), pp.
In revelation, God is outgoing and communicative; revelation is God's eloquence, God's 'speaking out'. The location of this eloquent self-presentation is the history of God with us. That history is the history of the acts in which God establishes saving fellowship with his creatures. It is a history of fellowship because at the centre of the history is 'God with us'; it is a history of saving fellowship because it is a history which triumphs over the opposition to fellowship with God which is sin.
Power and the Uses of Print in Early Modern Europe (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1989); idem, The Order of Books. Readers, Authors and Libraries in Europe between the Fourteenth and the Eighteenth Centuries (Cambridge: Polity Press, 1993); A. Johns, The Nature of the Book. Print and Knowledge in the Making (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998). On Christian texts, see, for example, H. Y. Gamble, Books and Readers in the Early Church (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995). And besides, we routinely use such language to talk about sacraments, without too much embarrassment or scruple.
A Short History of Christianity by Geoffrey Blainey