Book review – church history

Detail from the Ghent altarpiece by Hubert Eyck, 1423

How Christianity saw off its rivals and became the universal church

31 March 2018 8:00 am

It wasn’t crusading zeal that made Christianity a universal religion but its appeal to the poor and vulnerable, argues Tom Holland

St Mary’s, Mundon, Essex. From Tiny Churches by Dixe Wills

Tiny churches can be as uplifting as cathedrals

10 December 2016 9:00 am

Here are two approachable and distinctive books on our churches, great and small. Simon Jenkins’s cathedrals survey follows his earlier…

Mary Magdalene by Francesco Ubertini, il Bacchiacca

Mary Magdalene: all-singing, all-dancing Goddess of Light

9 April 2016 9:00 am

Many of the great faith narratives (the Holy Quran being a notable exception) are clumsy, rough-hewn things; makepiece amalgams of…

St Paul (detail) by the Byzantine Master,St Sophia Cathedral, Kiev

Following Jesus’s followers

26 March 2016 9:00 am

In his new book Apostle Tom Bissell has an advantage over writers who go looking for Jesus: he can start…

The remains of the column of St Simeon Stylites at Qalat Sem’an, Syria.

The Guru of Late Antiquity speaks again

11 October 2014 9:00 am

Nearly 50 years ago we made our way into an inner place, a semi-subterranean room, in a peculiar college. A…