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The Lost History of Christianity: The Thousand-Year Golden Age of the Church in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia--and How It Died [Hardcover]

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Pages   315
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.2" Width: 6.24" Height: 1.12"
Weight:   1.2 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 28, 2008
Publisher   HarperOne
ISBN  0061472808  
EAN  9780061472800  


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Traces the history of Christianity in the Eastern world, revealing the faith's flourishing millennium-long presence throughout Asia and other Eastern regions and the causes of its eventual decline.

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In this groundbreaking book, renowned religion scholar Philip Jenkins offers a lost history, revealing that, for centuries, Christianity's center was actually in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa, with significant communities extending as far as China. The Lost History of Christianity unveils a vast and forgotten network of the world's largest and most influential Christian churches that existed to the east of the Roman Empire. These churches and their leaders ruled the Middle East for centuries and became the chief administrators and academics in the new Muslim empire. The author recounts the shocking history of how these churches--those that had the closest link to Jesus and the early church--died.

Jenkins takes a stand against current scholars who assert that variant, alternative Christianities disappeared in the fourth and fifth centuries on the heels of a newly formed hierarchy under Constantine, intent on crushing unorthodox views. In reality, Jenkins says, the largest churches in the world were the "heretics" who lost the orthodoxy battles. These so-called heretics were in fact the most influential Christian groups throughout Asia, and their influence lasted an additional one thousand years beyond their supposed demise.

Jenkins offers a new lens through which to view our world today, including the current conflicts in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. Without this lost history, we lack an important element for understanding our collective religious past. By understanding the forgotten catastrophe that befell Christianity, we can appreciate the surprising new births that are occurring in our own time, once again making Christianity a true world religion.

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Xenophobia destroys churches  Nov 2, 2008
Why do some churches survive, while others don't? The difference is diversity and community involvement. When persecution comes, only the churches that have had a heavy influence and impact on the culture will remain. As church leaders were killed off, Christianity disappeared in some areas, while it remained in others. "Christianity does not come with a warranty." When their incomes when down, many Christians converted to Islam.

The Christian church declined in Asia and Africa because of xenophobia. Churches based on one ethnic or language group were less likely to survive. Most churches considered themselves the only true Christians. European Christians often rejected the converts and ideas of those who were converted by the Syrian Christians.

A fascinating subject, but I would have liked the book more if it had more analysis. The book is heavy on background material, and light on analysis.
 

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