Owen Chadwick’s history of Christianity is an old-fashioned, straightforward narrative, but it is never a lockstep chronological series of Great Events and Great Persons. To be sure, there are many great events and great persons, but what saves this book from being a retelling of “one damned thing after another” is Chadwick’s graceful and vigorous prose and his willingness to interrupt his narrative for excursuses on small but lively...
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