Here are some books that you may find useful during your studies. Search the Bennies catalogue Oliver for more, or browse the Non-fiction collection NFS.
Diarmaid MacCulloch explores the origins and meanings of Christianity, beginning his journey at the church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, a site that holds important clues to the birth of the faith. The professor also travels to Istanbul, where he examines a debate that erupted in the fourth century about the true nature of Jesus, and to Syria, where he challenges the notion of a clash of civilisations between Christianity and Islam.
In the final episode of this major series on alternative views of the history of Christianity, Cherie examines the challenges to Christianity posed by the trauma of war and political oppression in the 20th century, which culminated in the genocide of the Jews in the Holocaust. Into the huge God-shaped hole fell the modern 'faiths' of materialism and secularism. Christianity was becoming more isolated by so-called 'progress', and this marginalisation was exacerbated by the new, hedonistic anything-goes society of the 1960s. But there is one part of the Western world where Christianity has bucked the downward trend and has never been stronger - the USA. Cherie uncovers the reasons for its continued success there and looks at what the future holds for Christianity. Are we living in a post-Christian age? Or is the 21st century really going to be the Christian century?