What are some of the best books on Christianity in Asia?
Moffett’s A History of Christianity in Asia: Beginnings to 1500 is a superior read in every way. I read this book slowly a few pages a day for a time period spanning over a year as a supplement to other books I was reading.
What is your review of Samuel Moffett’s book on Asia?
Samuel Moffett’s book is so well-written, balanced in its approach, and academic yet approachable. It is HEAVILY footnoted so you’ll have no problem fact-checking as well as delving deeper into the complexities of the Church’s amazing journey in Asia if you want to do additional study later.
How does Moffett treat the formation of the early church?
Unlike other treatments of this subject, Moffett is not trying to put forth a particular ideology or accept wholesale hagiography. While he respects the traditions of some about the formations of the early church, he analyzes these traditions critically to see what might be reality and what might be more myth.
Was there Christianity in the Mongolian Empire?
His mild leaning in favor of Assyriac Christianity does not dampen a treasure trove of well-researched, well-written history of those Christians rarely mentioned in Europe and America. Moffett tells of the thriving Christianity in Persian eras and in the great Mongolian Empire.
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