Here is a one-volume history of the Christian people from Pentecost
to the present day, with principal focus on the Catholic Church.
Having passed AD 2000 it seems appropriate and necessary to have a
new short history of the first two millennia of the Christian era.
In the last half century there has been a massive amount of
research into Church history, published in learned articles and in
multi-volume works. Full notice is taken of these recent scholarly
initiatives in writing this short account, which is also eminently
readable. In each section there is a balance between the
institutional and the more directly religious dimensions of the
Church - here are some of the elements: bishops, canon law,
charity, councils crusades, devotions, heresies, laity, liturgy,
martyrs, missionaries, parishes, pilgrimages, popes, prayer,
priesthood, religious orders, sacraments, schools, theologians,
universities and the vita consacrata.