The History of Christianity
Facts and Fictions
by Dyron B. Daughrity
July 2019, 235pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

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While Christianity appears to be under attack in the West, it is thriving throughout the world.

Christianity has been accused of being misogynistic, pro-slavery, and anti-science, and some say it is finally beginning its long decline. This book provides an entirely different side to the stories about this faith.

Why did Christianity become the largest religion in the world? Is it because it was misogynistic, pro-slavery, anti-science, and set on condemning those who didn’t join it? This book investigates many of the misconceptions about Christianity and argues that there are good reasons this faith has become the world’s largest.

The book includes chapters on various misconceptions related to the history of Christianity, such as the beliefs that Jesus was a meek and mild carpenter, the Roman emperor Constantine was insincere in his Christian faith, medieval Europe was devoutly Christian, and Christianity was anti-science. Each chapter explores how the historical misconception developed and spread, and offers what we now believe to be the historical truth contradicting the fiction. Excerpts from primary source documents provide evidence for the historical misconceptions and truths and help readers to respond critically to claims about Christian history.


  • Provides an introduction to Christianity in its historical context
  • Examines particular misconceptions related to Christianity through history along with what are now believed to be the historical truths
  • Excerpts primary source documents for evidence for how the misconceptions developed and spread
  • Offers a selected general bibliography of the most important sources of additional information
Dyron B. Daughrity, PhD, is professor of religion at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. He is author of many books and articles dealing with the history of Christianity, including The Changing World of Christianity, Martin Luther: A Biography of the People, and Rising: The Amazing Story of Christianity's Resurrection in the Global South.

Historical Facts and Fictions

Did Nero really fiddle while Rome burned? Did the Egyptians really worship animals and gods with animal heads? History is full of misconceptions that have been passed down as historical facts and become rooted in the popular imagination. This series explores historical fictions and what we now believe to be historical truths. Each book focuses on a particular topic, such as a period, event, civilization, movement, religion, or person, and explores roughly 10 misconceptions. Chapters summarize the misconception, discuss how it arose and was propagated, and explain what is now taken as historical fact. The series helps readers think critically about the past and prepares them to be equally critical of the present.
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