From the introduction: Fire is a multivalent metaphor. It destroys and refines; its light illuminates while its smoke conceals. . . . In taking fire upon the earth as the guiding metaphor for the story of Christianity in world history, this book attempts to do justice to the images multifaceted implications. Friends, enemies, and neutral observers have judged the story of Christianity to be one of amazing creativity and terrible destruction, of fearless accomplishments and grim failures. . . . Whatever else there is to be said, Christianity has left its mark on the world as surely as any fire. And the story and the mark form the subject of this book.
In an engaging a readable way, Robert Bruce Mullin gives a wonderful overview of the rise and spread of Christianity through the expanse of history, revealing the challenges Christians have faced throughout time. The author of seven books and numerous articles, Robert Bruce Mullin, is Society for the Promotion of Religion and Learning Professor of History and World Mission and Professor of Modern Anglican Studies at General Theological Seminary in New York City.
ISBN: 0664226868 Soft Cover
Westminster John Knox Press