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Gérard Chaliand, Sophie Mousset

2000 Years of Christianities A Historical Guide

Two thousand years of Christian thought are reviewed here through some key texts of the Christian tradition, on the following subjects: the links between Christianity and the Jewish tradition; persecutions by the Romans before Christianity became the Empire’s state religion; the doctrinal disputes that characterised Christianity in the fifth century; the real weight of Eastern Christianity until the tenth century; the major heresies; the struggles between Popes and Emperors; the significance of the Reformation; the Orthodox Church; the decline of Roman Catholicism from the 18th century, and the Church’s conservatism; Vatican II and Ecumenism. This is an indispensable, accessible book for anyone wishing to know more about the fundamental aspects of Christianity, a subject that remains at the heart of Western culture.

Gérard Chaliand is a graduate of the Institute of Eastern Languages and Civilisations, in Paris.

Sophie Mousset is the author of Olympe de Gouges and the rights of women.