A New History of Christianity

By Hans J. Hillerbrand Published
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Dig into the story of Christianity from its origins to today.   Told in easy-to-understand language with helpful timelines and selections from historical writings, this engaging new introduction will appeal especially to students with little or no experience in the study of religion. A New History of Christianity provides a definitive overview of the many persons, places, movements, and events necessary for the telling of our story, the story of the Church. It is a story told within the complex contexts of larger world events and world cultures, but defined and simplified by attention to those developments that have proven most influential. Knowing that the history of Christianity presents students with a daunting array of names and events, Hillerbrand focuses only on those that provide the best insights into Christianity's contribution to world culture, both past and present.

Reviews

"Drawing from a lifetime of scholarship, Hans Hillerbrand reminds us again of his gifts as a teacher. This engaging text provides everything a history of Christianity should: broad coverage, appropriate depth, connections to the contemporary, and an irenic spirit. Students will be well served by this fine introduction to Christianity's remarkable story."
--Gregory W. Lee, Wheaton College

"Hans Hillerbrand’s work both reflects and shapes the pulse of current scholarship in a readable manner. His wealth of insight and mastery of the material are unmatched. Attention to gender, global developments, and the 'people in the pews,' coupled with personal reflections offers an enlivening approach to a subject that is far from past.
--Jennifer Powell McNutt, Wheaton College

"This book presents the humane and judicious reflections of an experienced and mature historian: fair, generous, and insightful."

--Euan K. Cameron, Henry Luce III Professor of Reformation Church History, Union Theological Seminary

Endorsements

Hans Hillerbrand’s work both reflects and shapes the pulse of current scholarship in a readable manner. His wealth of insight and mastery of the material are unmatched. Attention to gender, global developments, and the “people in the pews” coupled with personal reflections offers an enlivening approach to a subject that is far from past.

--Jennifer Powell McNutt, Wheaton College

"This book presents the humane and judicious reflections of an experienced and mature historian: fair, generous, and insightful."

--Euan K. Cameron, Henry Luce III Professor of Reformation Church History, Union Theological Seminary

Drawing from a lifetime of scholarship, Hans Hillerbrand reminds us again of his gifts as a teacher. This engaging text provides everything a history of Christianity should: broad coverage, appropriate depth, connections to the contemporary, and an irenic spirit. Students will be well served by this fine introduction to Christianity's remarkable story.
--Gregory W. Lee, Assistant Professor of Theology, Wheaton College

About the Author

Hans J. Hillerbrand

Hans J. Hillerbrand is Professor of Religion and History, Duke University. He specializes in Reformation and the history of modern Christianity. He served as editor-in-chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation and was president of the American Society of Church History in 2000.