When the author states that most people only view the history of the Church through a European prism, I plead guilty. Learning Church history in high school, I was never taught anything else, and when Nestorians were mentioned it was always in the context of heresy.
Now I realize what a rich history I have been missing all of these years! I should mention, though, that when I was in my first (and only) year in the seminary we had a Mass conducted in Aramaic by a Maronite priest. I don't remember much about it now (after all, we're talking 1960), but I seem to remember a group of women singing in a very strange language and loads of incense. Even after that, we weren't really given any information about this particular Church, or any of the others that flourished in the Middle East and Asia. Now this book, for me, has opened my eyes and I see the majesty and wonder of thriving Churches that were eventually ground under by persecution and other forces.
This book is definitely a "must read" for anyone interested in Church history. It will "fill in the gaps" of your historic knowledge, and allow you to learn something very new. That is one of the most important aspects of a good book, and this is an excellent one!
Two thousands years removed from scene, when the Apostle Paul includes Asian Christians in the salutation to some of his epistles, it is easy to read with an ironic and chuckle, knowing that he is referring just to the Byzantine "East", and just for the next 500 years or so until the Middle East would be conquered and converted to Islam. We know that Christianity would only survive and thrive in the Roman west, becoming a European religion; after all, a majority of Americans can trace their roots … more
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