Magazine article The Spectator

The Greatest Story Ever Told

Magazine article The Spectator

The Greatest Story Ever Told

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The greatest Story ever told

Sarah Anderson

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: A.D. 2,000 YEARS OF CHRISTIANITY

edited by Christopher Howse

SPCK, L20, pp. 192

I was puzzled by this book from the moment I started reading it as I had a problem working out who exactly it was for. Is it meant for Christians who know little about the past of their religion or is it directed at those who know nothing about the last 2,000 years? Some things are explained rather simply and yet there is much substantial and fascinating detail. There are some wonderful illustrations, but when I showed it to a friend who came to dinner, he was horrified that a book on 2,000 years of Christianity should, under the title 'Christianity Today', have a photograph of the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales. I argued that this was no doubt a bait to entice people to read on and to want to find out more about the traditions of Christianity; and A. …

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