Christianity: A Historical Atlas

Belknap: Belknap. Oct. 2020. 224p. ISBN 9780674242357. $35. REF
This beautiful atlas of color maps and illustrations demonstrates the history of Christianity from its time of origin to the present day. Rather than an abstract theological treatise, this is an examination of the human story anchored in time and place. Chapters follow historical time periods. “Beginnings” covers ancient Israel during the time of Jesus. “The Middle Ages” follows the expansion of Christianity in Europe, the Schism of 1054, and the Crusades. “The Age of Reform,” from 1500 to 1800, shows the development of Protestant sects and missionary contact with the Americas and Africa. “The Modern World,” from 1800 to 2020, demonstrates outreach to the Africa, India, China, and Communist Europe. The work deals with whole populations in specific places rather than saints, theologians, and politicians. The clear maps and accessible text offer a concrete foundation for a subject that is often very abstract.
VERDICT This cartographic chronicle of Christianity is an excellent, affordable resource for students of history, geography, and religion; both public and academic libraries will want to add it to their collections.
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