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Beginning with the birth of Jesus and tracing the religion established by his followers up to the present day, The Faith is a comprehensive exploration of the history of Christianity. Judiciously covering all the signal moments, author Brian Moynahan's superbly written and generously illustrated book is of central importance to historians and religious scholars interested in a faith that has helped to shape the modern world.
Moynahan's research draws upon newly revealed sources to tell a magnificent story encompassing everything from the early tremulous years after Jesus' death to the horrors of persecution by Nero, from the growth of monasteries to the bloody Crusades, from the building of the great cathedrals to the cataclysm of the Reformation and the Catholic Counter-Reformation, from the flight of pilgrims from Europe in pursuit of religious freedom to the Salem Witch Trials, and from the advent of a traveling pope to the rise of televangelists.
The Faith presents all of these events in their historical context and in their role in helping to shape the faith over time. This book is an important guide for students studying Christianity and its historical roots.
"With more than 100 startling photographs, illustrations, and drawings, he [Moynahan] presents an unconventional and sensational chronology that reveals how Christianity has often been its own worst enemy...Moynahan's latest is bloody, exciting, masterfully written, and recommended for all libraries."-Library Journal (starred review)
"Moynahan's beautifully produced book is a stylistic tour de force, impeccably phrased and intelligently proportioned."—CHOICE Magazine