MacCulloch has taken on this vast subject and produced one of the most magisterial and stylishly written historical works to be published in a decade. The book sparklingly synthesizes scholarship on an astonishing array of subjects, ranging from repentance rituals in Protestant Transylvania to the Jesuits’ reactions to what they saw as the “Judaizing deviations” of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church to church architecture. Throughout, MacCulloch, professor of the history of the Church at Oxford, explicates complex theological issues with startling lucidity. And his analyses of the lives, personalities, ideas, and struggles of Luther, Zwingli, Calvin, Cranmer, Philip II, and Ignatius of Loyola are at once sharp and profound (and not infrequently funny).
Earlier reviews of this book were noted here.
Speaking of which, Kendall Harmon spotted a book review in the Tablet that I missed:
NT Wright reviews Gerald O’Collins’ book, Easter Faith: believing in the risen Jesus.