Paradise and Utopia 3-Book Set (The Age of Paradise, The Age of Division, and The Age of Utopia)

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Includes the first three volumes of a projected four-volume history of Christendom by John Strickland.

The Age of Paradise: Christendom from Pentecost to the First Millennium - Paradise and Utopia: The Rise and Fall of What the West Once Was, VOLUME ONE

"Before there was a West, there was Christendom. This book tells the story of how both came to be." (from the Introduction)

The Age of Paradise is the first of a projected four-volume history of Christendom, a civilization with a supporting culture that gave rise to what we now call the West. At a time of renewed interest in the future of Western culture, author John Strickland—an Orthodox scholar, professor, and priest—offers a vision rooted in the deep past of the first millennium. At the heart of his story is the early Church’s “culture of paradise,” an experience of the world in which the kingdom of heaven was tangible and familiar. Drawing not only on worship and theology but statecraft and the arts, the author reveals the remarkably affirmative character Western culture once had under the influence of Christianity - in particular, of Eastern Christendom, which served the West not only as a cradle but as a tutor and guardian as well.

Paperback: 304 pages plus 8 pages of color photos

Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches

Publisher: Ancient Faith Publishing

LOOK INSIDE... The Age of Paradise: Christendom from Pentecost to the First Millennium

 

The Age of Division: Christendom from the Great Schism to the Protestant Reformation - Paradise and Utopia: The Rise and Fall of What the West Once Was, VOLUME TWO

If you have ever wondered exactly how we got from the Christian society of the early centuries, united in its faithfulness to apostolic tradition, to the fragmented and secular state of the West today, The Age of Division will answer all your questions and more. In this second of a four-volume cultural history of Christendom, author John Strickland applies insights from the Orthodox Church to trace the decline and disintegration of both East and West after the momentous but often neglected Great Schism. For five centuries, a divided Christendom was led further and further from the culture of paradise that defined its first millennium, resulting in the Protestant Reformation and the secularization that defines our society today.

Paperback: 360 pages plus 8 pages of color photos

Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches

Publisher: Ancient Faith Publishing

LOOK INSIDE... The Age of Division: Christendom from the Great Schism to the Protestant Reformation

 

The Age of Utopia: Christendom from the Renaissance to the Russian Revolution - Paradise and Utopia: The Rise and Fall of What the West Once Was, VOLUME 3

Continuing the epic of Christendom told in earlier volumes, The Age of Paradise and The Age of Division, the author explains how, between the Italian Renaissance of the fourteenth century and the Russian Revolution of the twentieth, secular humanism displaced Christianity to become the source of modern culture. The result was some of the most illustrious music, science, philosophy, and literature ever produced. But the cultural reorientation from paradise to utopia—from an experience of the kingdom of heaven to one bound exclusively by this world—all but eradicated the traditional culture of the West, leaving it at the beginning of the twentieth century without roots in anything transcendent.

Paperback: 416 pages plus 8 pages of color photos

Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches

Publisher: Ancient Faith Publishing

LOOK INSIDE... The Age of Utopia: Christendom from the Renaissance to the Russian Revolution

About the Author: John Strickland is an Orthodox priest and former college professor. His first book, The Making of Holy Russia, is a study of the resilience of Christianity in the modern world. An active blogger and podcaster, he brings to the present work a lifetime of reflection on the religious background of the West. He lives in western Puget Sound with his wife and five children.

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Author:
John Strickland
Paperback:
3-Book Set
Dimensions:
6 x 9 inches each
Publisher:
Ancient Faith Publishing
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