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
Review by: Dr. Scott Horrell
I read this book in Jordan and Egypt last year and it affected me deeply. The church in the East and South stood its ground for centuries—Armenia, Turkmenistan, Mongolia, Xian/Beijing, Tibet, the Ganges River, South India, and through the Arabian Peninsula, Ethiopia, etc. Sometimes the slaughters of Christians were massive whether in Alexandria Egypt in the 13th century or eastern Turkey in the 20th century. Places like Iran were once major centers of Christian activity. His bottom line on why the church has all but died in many of these geographies: persecution and martyrdom. This is a sober lesson and powerful read. Jenkins’ research together with verve and journalistic style provides us with a whole panorama of Christian history that only recently has become accessible to most.