The absorbing and momentous, fully illustrated story of Christianity from its earliest origins to the present day. Eminent theologian David Bentley Hart traces the growth of the Church from Jesus's own life through to its massive impact throughout the world. Explains essential moments in Christian history, from the age of the Martyrs and the Crusades, through the Reformation and the Enlightenment, to the challenges of the 21st century. Features over 140 full colour images of iconic Christian art and architecture. Timelines and contemporary quotations provide a rich picture of each era in Christian history. A dazzling narrative that illuminates the traditions, beliefs and practices of over 20 centuries of Christianity worldwide.