Comments: A History of Christianity

I am very glad to see this posting. I am glad also that RW gives the book such a favourable review. But it is dreadfully eloquent that RW fails to report - still less endorse - D MacC's great approval of the C of E. That endorsement carries all the more weight because D MacC, although of Scottish Episcopalian stock and himself a one time believer, now no longer believes. Of course, as it happens, he is gay and not afraid to admit it.

It is also excellent that a heavy-weight British intellectual shoud publicly commend the much-maligned - and ignorantly maligned - C of E.

Posted by john at Tuesday, 22 September 2009 at 9:17pm BST

Why is the Economist so concerned about Diarmaid MacCulloch's 'baggage'. Surely every writer has 'baggage'. In any case I'm not sure that the Economist is a place I would go for an authoritative review of a history of Christianity. Looking forward to reading the book and the television series too.

Posted by Richard Ashby at Wednesday, 23 September 2009 at 10:12am BST

I'm interested that Rowan Williams makes reference to Poland - the Socinians were 'ethnically cleansed' in 1660, many going to Transylvania which tolerated in a limited way the Unitarians and now survived past Romania's Communist threat against so many villages. It looks like the Nestorian Church across to China and its different categories (I mentioned this briefly at In Depth last night) gets a mention too.

Shows the relativity of doctrines and beliefs though, doesn't it?

Posted by Pluralist at Wednesday, 23 September 2009 at 5:39pm BST

"I'm interested that Rowan Williams makes reference to Poland - the Socinians were 'ethnically cleansed' in 1660" -- Pluralist
*****
not to mention the Jews, ...
I wonder if the book makes reference to Christian treatment of the Jews, especially during the Crusades and Middle Ages.

Posted by peterpi at Wednesday, 23 September 2009 at 6:39pm BST

I too am looking forward to it. The radio interview was very enjoyable.

He is in deacon's orders.

An all round good egg...

Posted by Rev L Roberts at Thursday, 24 September 2009 at 6:05pm BST

£21-00 with free delivery on Amazon!

Posted by Paul Webb at Friday, 25 September 2009 at 9:23pm BST

I much prefer the version of the history of Christianity as presented in this stark image.

http://www.dartmouth.edu/~spanmod/mural/panel13.html

And as fleshed out in this reference.

http://www.jesusneverexisted.com/cruelty.html

All of that done in the name of "Jesus",and of spreading the "gospel" to every last square inch of the planet.

The "gospel" of wholesale murder and plunder.

All of which was INEVITABLE when the church was coopted by the Roman state, and thus became an integral key player in the Western drive to total power and control of everyone and every thing.

The church as an entirely worldly power and control seeking institution.

Posted by Sue at Saturday, 26 September 2009 at 12:48am BST

"I much prefer the version of the history of Christianity as presented in this stark image."

Now, don't sugarcoat it for us, Sue. Let us have your real opinion - we can take it...

Posted by BillyD at Saturday, 26 September 2009 at 7:29pm BST

"The church as an entirely worldly power and control seeking institution." - Sue, on Saturday -

Which - as you have reminded us, Sue - is not what Jesus had in mind with his kenotic offering of himself for the sake of the world. The personal and institutional exercise of Power in the Church is always antithetical to the Gospel - especially when it seeks to deny justice to the poor and disenfranchised of the world.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Sunday, 27 September 2009 at 10:27pm BST
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