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A Short World History of Christianity, Revised Edition
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A Short World History of Christianity, Revised Edition


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Gathering Interest


Robert Bruce Mullins offers a panoramic picture of the history of Christianity in its Western and non-Western expressions. A Short World History of Christianity tells the story of the early church in the Greek East as well as the Latin West; of Christianity’s spread into Asia as well as Europe during the Middle Ages; and its explosion around the world during the modern period. Mullins’ highly readable narrative explores why global perspectives have emerged so strongly in our understanding of the story of Christianity and how they have impacted Christianity’s perspective on its place in the world.

This newly revised edition adds information on such global phenomena as early Syriac-speaking Christianity; the growth of Pentecostalism around the world, especially in the southern hemisphere; and recent trends in Christianity, including the elevation of the first pope born in the Americas. A time line of key dates, call-out boxes, and other helpful study materials are also provided. Beginning students will appreciate this memorable introduction to the most important events in the history and development of Christianity.

In the Logos edition, this volume is enhanced by amazing functionality. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Learn more about Christian history with the Atlas of Christian History.

Key Features

  • Tells the story of the early church in both the East and the West
  • Provides a highly readable narrative
  • Explores why global perspectives have emerged so strongly


  • “Who Is This Man?”
  • Going Out into the World
  • Defending and Defining
  • Living in a Hostile World
  • The Constantinian Revolution
  • Defining and Dividing
  • Out of One, Many
  • The Emergence of Christian Europe
  • Endings and Beginnings
  • The Dividing of Western Christendom
  • The Battle for the Soul of Europe
  • The Reinternationalization of Christianity
  • Reason and Faith
  • Challenging Christendom
  • Creating a New World (Nineteenth-Century Style)
  • The Great Divide
  • The “Great Century”
  • The End of Innocence
  • The Modern Quest for Unity
  • A New Christian World
  • Growth and Challenge

Product Details

  • Title: A Short World History of Christianity, Revised Edition
  • Author: Robert Bruce Mullin
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Pages: 364
  • Resource Type: Histories
  • Topic: Church History

About Robert Bruce Mullin

Robert Bruce Mullin is Society for the Promotion of Religion and Learning Professor of History and World Mission and Professor of Modern Anglican Studies at General Theological Seminary in New York City. He is the author of numerous books and articles.

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