On its release, the seven volume A People's History of Christianity was lauded for its commitment to raising awareness of the ways in which ordinary Christians have lived throughout more than twenty centuries of Christian History. Now, the essential material from that important project is available for classroom use.Each volume contains careful selections and abridgements of the original content organized to fit ideally into a two semester course in Christian history. It provides a valuable overview on such topics as birth and death, baptism rites, food, power, heresy, and more. Students are both informed and inspired by seeing the importance of ordinary Christians in shaping Christianity across time.
Denis R. Janz is Provost Distinguished Professor of the History of Christianity at Loyola University, New Orleans. He has written and edited many books, including A Reformation Reader, Second Edition, Fortress Press (2008).