The history of the Church didn't take place shrouded in the mists of time. It actually happened and continues to happen through things that we can see and sometimes hold in our hand.UPDATE
The Christian answer to Neil MacGregor's New York Times bestseller A History of the World in 100 Objects, Mike and Grace Aquilina's A History of the Church in 100 Objects introduces you to:
- The Cave of the Nativity (the importance of history, memory, and all things tangible)
- Catacomb niches (the importance of Rome, bones, and relics of the faith)
- Ancient Map of the World (the undoing of myths about medieval science)
- Stained Glass (representative of Gothic cathedrals)
- The Holy Grail (Romance literature and the emergence of writing for the laity)
- Loaves and fish (a link from Jesus to the sacrament of the Eucharist)
- The Wittenberg Door (Martin Luther and the onset of the Reformation)
My take as of Oct. 20:
I'm about halfway through and wanted to encourage anyone who might be on the fence about this book. It is a brief history of the Church, complete with pictures of the items which serve as touchstones for bringing up important historical events. The items include the Christian things you might expect but also range into seemingly non-Christian things like Islamic coins, an Egyptian boy's math notebook, and a medieval science beaker.
Two or three pages of brief yet comprehensive commentary accompany each item. It is easy to read and even-handed, yet never dumbs it down. I am really loving it.