The Lost begins as the story of a boy who grew up in a family haunted by the disappearance of six relatives during the Holocaust—an unmentionable subject that gripped his imagination from earliest childhood. That quest eventually takes him to a dozen countries on four continents, and forces him to confront the wrenching discrepancies between the histories we live and the stories we tell. Deftly moving between past and present, interweaving a world-wandering odyssey with childhood memories of a now-lost generation of immigrant Jews and provocative ruminations on biblical texts and Jewish history, The Lost transforms the story of one family into a profound, morally searching meditation on our fragile hold on the past.
Feel free to browse through our content here, but we are no longer adding new posts. This is an extremely important perspective on Christian history that is strangely absent from most books of Christian history, which focus solely on Europe. In the grand scheme of history, Christianity did become deeply rooted in the West, but not until the second half of its history.
Most Christians today would be surprised to learn that Christianity reached India, Ethiopia, and possibly parts of China before it reached England.
I believe that understanding the history of early Christianity outside of Europe is especially important for non-Trinitarian believers because many of the early Christian communities outside of the West did not follow or were not even aware of Trinitarian creeds. And those early Non-Western Christians who believed in the Trinity often defined the Trinity differently than it was defined at Nicaea and Chalcedon.
In the persecution that followed, many of his sympathizers fled into Persia, where Nestorian thought was accepted by the Church of the East also known as the Nestorian Church.
During the Middle Ages, the largest Christian institution in the world was not the Roman Catholic Church but the Church of the East — based in Persia but with bishoprics and metropolitans as far east as China and as far south as India and Sri Lanka.
Historians believe that the Church of the East maintained libraries of hundreds of thousands of texts and oversaw a network of tens of thousands of churches across Asia. The Apostle Thomas brought Christianity to India in the first century. Many of the early Christian churches and communities in India — the St.
Thomas Christians — have survived to this day. The Thiruvithamcode Arappally in Kerela, India is believed to have been built in the year 57, making it the oldest surviving Christian church in the world.
Christians entered China as early as the s. The Emperor issued an official declaration commanding the proclamation of Christianity throughout China.
Engraved with 1, Chinese characters, it describes in detail the history of the first years of Christianity in China. Just outside the city the tower of the Daqin Pagoda, the first Christian church in China erected instill stands. A collection of early Chinese Christian texts dating from has recently been translated into English.
During Mongol rule of ChinaGhengis Kahn was friendly towards Christianity, allowed his sons to marry Christian wives, and intentionally spared the lives of Christian civilians during the Mongol conquests.
By the time Marco Polo showed up in the s, he was surprised to find Christian communities across China. Today, historians studying non-Western Christianity mourn the documented destruction of libraries of eastern Christian texts that would have helped us to better understand these early communities of Middle Eastern and Asian Christians.
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The popular narrative — perpetually repeated by too many Christian history books that focus only on Europe — is that Christianity took root only in Europe and did not spread to Africa and Asia until European missionaries took it there between and the present. In fact, nothing could be farther from the truth.
By the time Europe emerged as the dominant center of Christianity — around A. Why have so few Christians heard about non-Western Christian history?
I believe the main reason is theology. Christianity today is dominated by the doctrine of the Trinity as formulated by the Chalcedonian creed. This creed standardized the doctrine of the Trinity throughout the Roman Empire.
Many Christians today simply assume that once the creed was formulated, every Christian in the world accepted it. But history shows that dissenting voices continued to spread their own Christology throughout other parts of the world. Even to this day, churches in India and Ethiopia that trace their roots to the first century have no link to the Nicene and Caledonian councils — councils that took place thousands of miles away and had almost no effect on them.Book cover image from rutadeltambor.com Editor-Joseph, Frank.
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This was the theme of Muslim (Submission) during the golden age lasted for years. Mar 04, · The Lost History of Christianity: The Thousand-Year Golden Age of the Church in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, and How it Died by Philip Jenkins is a fascinating book outlining the history of Christianity outside of Europe, especially during the first thousand rutadeltambor.com is an extremely important perspective on Christian history that is strangely absent from most books of Christian history.
Jan 30, · The Lost History of Christianity: The Thousand-Year Golden Age of the Church in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia -- and How It Died by Philip Jenkins, , HarperOne.
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