I recently learned of The Christian History Project. These books would be a great addition to the library of any pastor or home-school family.
Here’s the Foreword to the first volume:
The most dangerous people, said the twentieth-century Christian essayist G.K. Chesterton, are those who have been cut
off from their cultural roots. Had he lived long enough, he would have seen his observation hideously fulfilled. At the time of his death in 1936, Germany, one of the greatest of the Christian nations, had been amputated from its Christian origins and was embracing instead wild doctrines founded on sheer nonsense. Thus deluded, they set off the world’s worst-ever war. People who don’t believe in something, Chesterton also said, can be persuaded to believe in anything. How right he was.
Today, we are just such a people. That America, indeed the whole western world, is being wrenched away from its cultural origins has become a self-evident fact. For half a century, our literature, our popular music and drama, the visual arts, Hollywood and much of the film industry have been disseminating a genre of nihilism which debases almost every form of human virtue and exalts sensual gratification beyond anything the senses could possibly fulfill. Meanwhile, the liberal arts faculties of our universities work zealously to cut off the branch they are sitting on, diligently destroying the very foundations upon which the whole concept of higher education rests. The result of all this is a culturally dispossessed people, the very situation in which Chesterton saw such mortal danger.
What are our foundations? Though it has of late become intellectually unfashionable to even think it, let alone say it, the fact is that our cultural origins are almost wholly Christian. Our founding educational institutions, our medical system, our commitment to the care of the aged and infirm, our concept of individual rights and responsibilities all came to us through Christianity. Our best literature, our most enduring music, our finest sculptural masterpieces and many of the greatest paintings in every age are those of professed and dedicated Christians. Finally our concept of democracy came to us from the Greeks through Christianity. Is it by mere coincidence that all those nations that have best instituted and preserved democratic government emerged from Christian origins? I don’t think so.
The purpose of this series is to describe these foundations, to say who we are and how we got here. That is, to establish our real roots. It has been a long journey, two thousand years, and neither it nor we have been uniformly benevolent. But this is our past, this our family, and knowing who it is and what it has done is the first step in finding our way home.
These handsome volumes are well done–from the website:
Each volume is hardbound, measures 9 x 12 inches, and is lavishly illustrated with original, commissioned artwork, photos, and maps throughout its 288 pages (click here for Art Examples). Researched, written and edited by academics and journalists from diverse Christian backgrounds, The Christians is a multi-denominational history of the faith. This diversity ensures a fair and well-rounded approach to the subject. Click here to see sample page spreads.
Right now volume one, The Veil Is Torn, is very affordable at Amazon Marketplace.
8 responses to “Christian History Project, Volume 1”
I just finished reading all the sample materials the publishers have posted on their site. I must say I find their approach a bit disappointing. The books seem a bit cliche, based on biased, outdated, enlightenment-era scholarship. The first two volumes might not be too bad, but I really disapprove of the spin they put on Constantine. Unfortunately the next three volumes appear to be absolutely worthless.
Thanks again for these book recommendations. They are so often a huge blessing!
Managed to order the first 7 volumes from various different resellers who would ship to the UK.
Wife and kids very excited! Thanks again, Jim!
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Jim, I am a subscriber to this History project. I think your readers need to know that this history is strongly biased in favour of the Roman Catholic view of church history.
The series is not complete yet. I think there has been a bankruptcy and a fire along the way. I am receiving a new volume as they become available.. (perhaps one a year).
We’ll see whether the series gets completed.
Thanks for the “heads up”; I’m sure there’ll be much to glean from it still.
Hi Pastor Jim,
Would you recommend these books to a public school family that loves the Lord? 😉
Thanks for the recommendation.
Not trying to exclude anybody, just thinking in terms of the way that my sweet wife is always on the lookout for curriculum . . .
Thanks for lifting my eyes out of my own situation!