Analysis Of Macculloch, Christianity : The First Three Thousand Years

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I. SUMMARY
Reading Selection 1: Diarmaid MacCulloch, Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years, 1-12
According to MacCulloch, Christian history is a story which was told and believed by Jesus’ disciples. He calls Christianity a “personality cult” in which he describes Jesus as a historical figure who was admired and present as God by the early believers. The Christian story is long enough with two millennia for historians to study, yet is a short story as Christianity is young when compared to some other religions and to the history of all humans. In fact, this story has not only taken place in two thousand years, it has its ideas even one thousand years before its beginning. MacCulloch used a “skeptical” method to evaluate the Christianity story because he thinks that is the best way to approach history. Christian history, according to MacCulloch, is unstable because it was mixed by the two different cultures – Greek and Jewish. He also assumes that the Bible is not always historically true. However, MacCulloch believes the growth of Christianity and the impacts it has on human belief in history is “undeniably true”. Even though there was a crisis of the Christian faith in the first century, Christianity has been growing remarkably from that “turning point” to become one of the profound faiths in human history.

Reading Selection 2: Jaroslav Pelikan, The Christian Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrine Vol. 1, ix-1 In order to understand Christian…

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