Saturday, August 18, 2018

The Lost History of Christianity

by Philip Jenkins

In the book of John, Jesus says to his disciples, "In the world you face persecution." If you hear a sermon on that text in a modern American church, you'll probably hear about how Christians are becoming increasingly marginalized in Western society. This book, however, shows that we ain't seen nothing yet. The Lost History of Christianity looks at the story of "The Church of the East"--the Christian churches that once flourished in Asia and Northern Africa. When those churches are mentioned at all in a typical church history book, they're usually mentioned briefly as being swallowed up by Islam. But while it's true that most of the Christian communities in Islamic countries have vanished, it took them about a millenium to do so. Dr. Jenkins traces how these churches were established, conquered, oppressed and finally died. It's not a happy book, but it is interesting to catch a glimpse of the religious, social, and political forces that interacted throughout the years that these churches endured.

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