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T is my opinion that Sobornost is the best response to socialism and capitalism And finally the 19th century gave us one of the greatest thinkers of all time Fyodor Dostoevsky ConclusionThere is much to the book Hart debunks many mythical narratives told by the Enlightenment Galileo actually had church protection and routinely failed to mathematically prove his conclusions He gave the correct answers but his models could not allow for them And Galileo could not allow for the fact that he was wrong Hart notes
that the Islamic empires didn t actually give scientific and cultural breakthroughs the Islamic empires didn t actually give scientific and cultural breakthroughs they inherited the cultural legacy
of three different civilizations Those are other examples in the book And of three different civilizations Those are other examples in the book And of obviously the book contains some of the most beautiful art work in Western Civilization A very comprehensive though necessarily shallow overview of the history of Christianity covering both East and West My only minor complaint is that in the hardcover edition at least the font is very small or maybe I m just getting old 45 An irenic and thorough if necessarily selective overview of the history of the Christian faithOne thing that I was again struck by was how willing Hart is to admit to the
Failings Of The Church of the church the ways in which the life of the faithful has always been entangled in less than spiritual concerns as if a faith like Christianity can be relegated to only the spiritual Much like in the unfortunately titled Atheist Delusions Hart insists on historical accuracy in describing the failings of Christianity and also what it accomplished Over all this is a great survey of Christianity written with a certain style and humor that was appealing to me O In my effort to read all of David Bentley Hart s books I came to this one which was one of his first books After finishing it it is probably now my go to recommendation for a general church history Hart does not give all the focus to the west after the Great Schism Instead he keeps going back to the eastern churches This gives his work a beautiful and wide scope He also manages to burst a few myth bubbles about the rise of Christianity the modern period and what it all means which he hits deeply in Atheist Delusions Overall this is the perfect book if ou want to dip The Poems of Aemilia Lanyer (Women Writers in English 1350-1850) your toe into exploring the history of Christianity What I appreciate most about Hart s history is his attention given to the non western church For example I did not know the long history of the Ethiopian church Also in my Christian education theears 400 to 1000 AD were often often glanced over as if the Byzantine empire and Constantinople weren t important and Rome was the pinnacle city not to mention the theme that Augustine and Auinas were the only great thinkers in the church s first 1300 earsHis corrective histories were informative as well for example his reorientation of the modern mythos surrounding Galileo s trialHart also ends with a hopeful tone for Christians as the future of Christianity likely rests in the South and East. Om the ancient Christian communities of Africa and Asia to the ‘house churches’ of contemporary China The Story of Christianity triumphantly captures the complexity and diversity of Christian history.
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topics I think this would be better to read hard copyWhile the author threw around aI think this would be better to read hard copyWhile the author threw around a of names of people and people groups that I was unfamiliar with he also covered uite a spectrum of beliefs Not comprehensive by any means but something easy to dip into here and there Professor Hart is an Eastern Orthodox Christian but as in many of his works he gives considerable and fair attention to the West He doesn t cover any new ground in this book that one wouldn t also find in the standard church history book but he does cover old ground from new angles In discussing the different epochs of Church History Hart asks the reader uestions that only an Easterner would ask causing the reader to pause for reflection and to come away with a richer understanding of his faith In this review I will focus on several areas that Westerners do not either speak of or speak of in simplistic terms Christology Asian Christianities and the struggle for faith in the 19th Century So I won t be giving a point by point outline of the book Most readers will be familiar enough with the materialChristologyWhen we speak of Christ it s usually in terms of God sent him to die for our sins so that we could be saved That s true but there s to the story As Hart notes of the Incarnation human beings were now able to become vessels of the
Divine Presence And Christianspresence and Christians look forward to a day when God s glory would be revealed in those who had been joined to Christ and would transfigure the whole of creation 12 Hart is not changing the story but telling it on different grounds allowing different but very biblical uestions to be raisedAsian and African ChristianitiesIf any churches can claim continuity with antiuity it would be Armenian and Indian churches Like other Oriental churches the Armenian church had problems with Chalcedonian formulations one wonders how much of this was substance and how much was language According to legend the Church in India was founded by St Thomas the Apostle Hart argues this might not be entirely fiction There were ancient trade routes from the Middle East to India and there were Christian communities in western India as early as the second century 62 The Anguish of Faith in the 19th CenturyMany writers point out the depression and anguish of the 1800s Non Christian writers were in despair read a secular novel from the 19th century and see the uiet desperation Christian writers supposedly were in flux And much of this narrative is true Hart goes on to say that despite the acute attacks on Christianity Nietzsche Comte etc there was a flowering of fresh Christian activity And perhaps these were related The Slavophiles of Russia reacted to the Enlightenment and in that reaction produced arguably the most creative Christian response Alexei Khomyakov and Vladimir Solovyov articulated the Sobornost an integrated approach to reality that values brotherhood harmony and concordance all in the context of a connected and rooted Christianity Even to this day Cutions of the early church to the papal imperial conflicts of the Middle Ages from the religious wars of 16th and 17th century Europe to the challenges of science and secularism in the modern era and fr. ,
A happy mix between the church histories that overdo the lavish at the expense of the comprehensive and those that overdo the comprehensive at the expense of our eyesight David Bentley Hart appears to have read everyone from all the Gnostics through Nietzsche to the Russian devotional mystics and that and his own Eastern Orthodox faith means that his church history isn t skewed just to the Western heard of St Herman of Alaska Me neither I found hardly a misstep in the book His hobby of unravelling the myths and fairy tales that New Atheists tell to their children at bedtime for a fuller account of which see his Atheist Delusions informs some of his chapters notably those about the early modern period My favourite of all the church histories I have read Get someone to give Ten Minutes to Fall in Love you this book for Christmas A beautifully written highly accessible and concise church history from a brilliant Eastern Orthodox theologian and philosopher THE STORY OF CHRISTIANITY is brilliant on many levels Hart s prose is fast paced and readable but he does not neglect sprinkling gifts of phrase throughout the book Those looking for a church history text that gives attention to the East as well as to the church in Africa and Asia will find this book satisfying This book is concise It covers church history in 300 pages not in 3000 This book is not protestant You won t find an apologetic for sola scriptura the formation of the canon or for the reformation though I don t think Hart treats any of those subjects unfairly There were a handful of paragra Ifou have ever read the articles and works of David Bentley Hart and come to The Story of Christianity looking for the same pithy punchy poignant prose ou will be mildly disappointed In Hart s defense this is a drive by reading of 2000 ears of church history The depth and development are not there Nevertheless this is a good read
With Helpful Observations And Corrections One Musthelpful observations and corrections One must that Hart is telling the story standing within Eastern Orthodoxy which makes the re telling a slightly different experience than other readings of Church historyThe benefits of the book are these1 Easy familiarizing reading of Church history Especially valuable for those who have never jumped into the story before2 Each chapter is usually five to six pages in length It makes each segment easily digestible3 Hart makes sure to tell a little larger story as he traipses off to Ethiopia Syria Persia India and into China Most English retellings of our history focus primarily on the West This one gives a larger grounding to our story4 There s a greater fairness to Hart s work than might be found in other works5 In 343 pages a reader will obtain a general bird s eye view of Christian historyTo conclude one will be left with the feeling that Hart s last sentence is right It may very well be the case that now after 2000 Open City years the story of Christianity is still beginning 343 I recommend this book Bought cheap on Kindle but the set up was a bit confusing as the author bounced. In The Story of Christianity acclaimed theologian David Bentley Hart provides a sweeping and informative portrait of a faith that has shaped the western world and beyond for over 2000earsFrom the perse.