A People's History of Christianity: The Other Side of the Story


by: Butler Bass, Diana
Format: Paperback

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Product Description The Grassroots Movements That Preserved Jesus's Message of Social Justice for 2,000 Years and Their Impact on the Church Today For too long, the history of Christianity has been told as the triumph of orthodox doctrine imposed through power. Now, historian Diana Butler Bass sheds new light on the surprising ways that many Christians have refused to conform to a rigid church hierarchy and sought to recapture the radical implications of Jesus's life and message. Review “It would be difficult to imagine anyone reading thi book without finding some new insight or inspiration, some new and unexpected testimony to the astonishing breadth of Christianity through the centuries.” (Philip Jenkins, author of The Lost History of Christianity) “...immediately accessible, helped along by frequent and shrewd linkages to contemporary counterpoints. This presentation includes lots of folk along the way who never made the ‘power lists.’ Readers will resonate with this inclusiveness and be grateful to Bass for making them fellow travelers in the on-going story.” (Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary) “Charmingly written and refreshing to read, yet rich in details and thorough in its mapping of the major themes and events that have shaped the evolution of the Western Church, A People’s History is our story re-told with both clear-eyed affection and a scholar’s acumen.” (Phyllis Tickle, author of The Great Emergence) “In this beautifully written history, Diana Butler Bass reveals the living, beating heart of love at the core of Christian faith.” (Sara Miles, author of Take This Bread) “Butler Bass invites us into a deep conversation with the past which thrusts us into the future with hope. A must for Christians and seekers of all stripes...” (Alan Jones, former dean of Grace Cathedral and author of Reimagining Christianity) “Diana Butler Bass presents a wide diversity of Christian experience in her gallop through two thousand years of history. The curious but hesitant reader who wonders whether Christianity just might have something in it for them will find that the answer is YES.” (Daniel Walker Howe, Pulitzer-Prize-winning author of What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America) “The prose is sparkling and the insights are manifold.” (E. Brooks Holifield, Charles Howard Candler Professor, Emory University) “An excellent introduction to grass-roots renewal movements as well as to the various shapes that Christian spirituality has taken through the ages. ...necessary reading for any who may have thought that history is irrelevant for present-day living.” (Justo L. Gonzalez, author of The Story of Christianity) “Intelligent and sassy, honest and redemptive. ...a warning that if we don’t remember the blood-stained pages of the past, then we are doomed to repeat them., but also an invitation to participate in the next chapter of what it means to be the Church in this broken world.” (Shane Claiborne, author of The Irresistible Revolution) “...this book is so much more than a wonderful overview of Christian history. It is also a joyful apologetic for a ‘new kind of Christianity.’ I already gave away my copy, because I knew it would help salvage the faltering faith of a disillusioned friend.” (Brian McLaren, author of Everything Must Change and A New Kind of Christian) About the Author Diana Butler Bass is the author of eight books on American religion, including Christianity After Religion, Christianity for the Rest of Us, and A People's History of Christianity. She holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Duke University, has taught at the college and graduate level, and is currently an independent scholar. She was a columnist for the New York Times Syndicate, and blogs for the Huffington Post and the Washington Post on issues of religion, spirituality, and culture. Bass is a popular speaker at conferences, colleges and universities, and churches across North America. She lives in Alexandria


Product Code: 9780061448713
ISBN: 0061448710
Publisher: HarperOne
Publication Date: 2010-03-23
Number of Pages: 384 pages
Languages: english
Edition: Reprint
Dimension: 5.2 x 1.1 x 7.8 inches
Shipping Weight: 0.65 pounds