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With his characteristic curiosity and storytelling skill, Blainey considers Christianity's central place in world history. Will it remain in the centre? As Blainey observes in his eminently readable account, the story of Christianity is one of many ups and downs.

For 2000 years, Christianity has had a varying but immense influence on world history. Who better, then, than Geoffrey Blainey, author of the best-selling Short History of the World and one of Australia's most accomplished historians, to bring us a history of this world-changing religion.

A Short History of Christianity vividly describes many of the significant players in the religion's rise and fall through the ages, from Jesus himself to Francis of Assisi, Martin Luther, Francis Xavier, John Wesley and even the Beatles, who claimed to be 'more popular than Jesus'. Blainey takes us into the world of the mainstream worshippers – the housewives, the stonemasons – and traces the rise of the critics of Christ and his followers.

With his characteristic curiosity and storytelling skill, Blainey considers Christianity's central place in world history. Will it remain in the centre? As Blainey observes in his eminently readable account, the story of Christianity is one of many ups and downs.

'Extraordinary.' Herald Sun

'A well-researched journey of faith through history' Courier-Mail

'Told with a deceptive simplicity that will compel {readers}.' Weekend Australian

'Irresistible . . . [Blainey] maintains an informative and enthusiastic style.' Australian Book Review

Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback

    9780670076222

    September 24, 2014

    Viking

    640 pages

    RRP $35.00

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  • EBook

    9781742534169

    October 26, 2011

    Penguin eBooks

    640 pages

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Awards and Recognition

  • 2012
    Shortlisted
    Australian Christian Book of the Year
  • Australian Christian Book of the Year
    2012
    Shortlisted
    Australian Christian Book of the Year
  • Prime Minister's Literary Awards
    2012
    Shortlisted
    Non-fiction

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