The First Thousand Years: A Global History of Christianity

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Yale University Press
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6.23 X 9.23 X 0.94 inches | 1.29 pounds

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About the Author
Robert Louis Wilken is William R. Kenan Professor of the History of Christianity Emeritus, University of Virginia. He lives in Washington, D.C.
Praise for The Spirit of Early Christian Thought
"Magnificently learned [and] deeply felt. . . . An attentive reader of Wilken, whether believer or nonbeliever, will be touched anew by his survey of Christian intellectual life."--Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World
"Brilliant . . . a riveting story."--Publishers Weekly
"Compelling. . . . An outstanding achievement."--Maria E. Doerfler, Commonweal
"Ambitious and wide-ranging . . . [This] highly accessible volume abounds with lively tales and fascinating connections, and the color illustrations are a delight. Wilken's recent scholarship has also given him a global perspective of impressive sweep."--Philip Jenkins, Christian Century
"Elegantly written [and] highly readable."--First Things
"Compelling. . . . An outstanding achievement."--Maria E. Doerfler, Commonweal
"Readable and reliable."--Anthony M. Stevens-Arroyo, Catholic Books Review

"[A] masterly and generous-spirited account . . . [that] brings new freshness and clarity."--Eamon Duffy, New York Review of Books
"[W]ilken's book would make a nice addition to the library of a pastor or seminary student seeking an up-to-date overview of the first millennium of Christian history. His writing style makes it easy and interesting to read. . . . His emphasis on the spread of Christianity beyond the Roman empire shows that the gospel has had a global reach from the very beginning of the church's history."--Joel Otto, Wisconsin Lutheran Quarterly
"[An] extraordinary achievement. . . . [The First Thousand Years] is a perfect introductory text: it has a clear storyline that incorporates more people and places than any comparable book on the market."--Daryl R. Ireland, Fides et Historia
"Robert Wilken has written the best kind of authoritative historical survey. Its treatment is learned, thorough, but also accessible for all aspects of early Christian history, and especially for the great significance of Islam to the entire Christian world from the seventh century forward."--Mark Noll, author of The Rise of Evangelicalism: The Age of Edwards, Whitefield, and the Wesleys
"A marvelous and unique survey, learned and authoritative, yet also a perfect introduction to the early history of Christianity. Robert Wilken redraws many boundaries, expanding horizons, summarizing and analyzing with consummate skill. This beautifully written book sets new standards on multiple levels, and should stand for a long time as the benchmark by which all other surveys are measured."--Carlos Eire, author of Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy
"This is a rich and wonderful book, not only because of Robert Wilken's narrative gifts, but because of his immense scholarly range and sympathies. His is one of the few treatments of Christianity's first millennium for Anglophone readers that embraces the faith's whole history, cultural and geographical, Eastern and Western, Chalcedonian and Non-Chalcedonian, European, Asian, and African. It is a pure joy to read."--David Hart, author of Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies

"Christianity is a historical religion, yet much of its actual life from the New Testament until early modern times remains largely unknown. Robert Wilken, one of our best historians, provides here a fascinating account of Christianity's first millennium, the undivided church which is the patrimony of all Christians. Written with elegance, grace, and insight."--Timothy George, Dean of Beeson Divinity School

"A lively, engaging, and highly enjoyable tour of the church's first millennia."--Jacob Sweeney, Semper Reformanda (blog)