This classic book, newly updated, tells the story of the Christian faith through the men and women who shaped it. Nothing rouses greater passions than religious differences and the history of Christianity is replete with politics, intolerance and greed, side by side with the most intimate spiritual experiences. Bamber Gascoigne traces a clear path through the complexities, sets the Christian faith in context with other world religions, and entertains the reader with a varied cast of characters, from the hermit St. Simeon, who spent twenty years in the desert on a fifty foot column, to Renaissance popes who manipulated the Church to benefit their illegitimate children.
Christianity as Mystical Fact was the title given by the author to this work, when, eight years ago, he gathered into it the substance of lectures delivered by him in 1902. The title indicated the special character of the book. In it the attempt was made, not merely to represent historically the mystical content of Christianity, but to describe the origin of Christianity from the standpoint of mystical contemplation. Underlying this intention was the thought that at the genesis of Christianity mystical facts were at work which can only be perceived by such contemplation.
Charles Reginald Haines wrote this popular book that continues to be widely read today despite its age.
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