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The Triumph of Christianity: How a Forbidden Religion Swept the World

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Bart D. Ehrman

Narrated By: George Newbern

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: February 2018

Duration: 10 hours 19 minutes


From the New York Times bestselling authority on early Christianity, the story of how Christianity grew from a religion of twenty or so peasants in rural Galilee to the dominant religion in the West in less than four hundred years.

Christianity didn’t have to become the dominant religion in the West. It easily could have remained a sect of Judaism fated to have the historical importance of the Sadducees or the Essenes. In The Triumph of Christianity, Bart Ehrman, a master explainer of Christian history, texts, and traditions, shows how a religion whose first believers were twenty or so illiterate day laborers in a remote part of the empire became the official religion of Rome, converting some thirty million people in just four centuries. The Triumph of Christianity combines deep knowledge and meticulous research in an eye-opening, narrative that upends the way we think about the single most important cultural transformation our world has ever seen—one that revolutionized art, music, literature, philosophy, ethics, economics, and law.


  • Jeffrey O

    I really enjoyed Bart D. Ehrman’s The Triumph of Christianity, How a forbidden religion swept the World. I thought the narrator George Newbern was very good with his informative style and neutral inflection toward the material. His annunciation was excellent as he allowed the narrative to flow in both an interesting and entertaining fashion. Also, what I found very refreshing was that I could not identify a particular biased or slanted perspective about Christianity. The information was very well written and read objectively without an ideologic agenda or some prejudiced platform. I welcomed the unbiased view of a true historian, an observer, discoverer and a presenter of the facts as best as can be provided. Thankfully, there was no certainty whether I was hearing from the “religious right”, “secular left”, a believer or non-believer, hater or helper... just the factual story as clear as it could be told. I really liked it!

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