A People's History of Christianity by Diana Butler Bass
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“It would be difficult to imagine anyone reading this book without finding some new insight or inspiration, some new and unexpected testimony to the astonishing breadth of Christianity through the centuries.” — Philip Jenkins, author of The Lost History of Christianity

“Interesting, insightful, illuminating, and remarkably relevant.” — Marcus Borg, author of The Heart of Christianity

In the tradition of Howard Zinn comes a new history of Christianity that reveals its bottom-up movements over the past 2,000 years, which preserved Jesus’s original message of social justice, and how this history is impacting the church today.


About Diana Butler Bass

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Diana Butler Bass is the author of seven books, including Christianity for the Rest of Us and The Practicing Congregation. She earned her Ph.D. in church history from Duke University and has taught at the University of California at Santa Barbara, Rhodes College, and Virginia Theological Seminary. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia.
Published February 20, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 384 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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In this panoramic view of two millennia of Christian history, Butler Bass (Christianity for the Rest of Us ) attempts to give contemporary progressive (the author prefers the term “generative”) Christians a sense of their family history, refracted through little known as well as famous men and wo...

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"Western Christianity is suffering from a bad case of spiritual amnesia," Diana Butler Bass writes in her illuminating new history.

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You quickly find yourself talking and acting like a renegade if you try to take seriously Jesus’ words and example to “love your enemies,” “if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well,” or ”Give to everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow...

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• Harry Emerson Fosdick who was convinced that people need a "spiritual interpretation of life."

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