Christian History for the Non-Christian
March 4, 2011 11:02 AM Subscribe
Looking for good dispassionate history of the Christian church. I love to read history, and would like to go on a tangent.
posted by Devils Rancher to education (25 answers total) 31 users marked this as a favorite
I'm interested in reading some good, accessible-to-the-layman history on aspects of Christian history. Subjects might include: Historical speculation about the life and times of Christ. The apostles, especially relating to the writing of the gospels. The early history of the bible - in particular apocrypha like Thomas, Judas, Mary, etc. and how the early church determined what was considered apocryphal vs. canonical. The various ecumenical councils, like Nicaea, etc. The major schisms, like the split between orthodoxy and Catholicism. Also, the Coptic church has sort of piqued my curiosity of late.
I don't much care for historical fiction, though I did sort of enjoy Lamb by Christopher Moore, which is partly where this nascent tangent started. Not interested in spiritual journeys - I'm already on one. Just real history.
Recommend me some books.