Unlike most titles this really summarizes the book. The author, an Englishman, now at Union Theological Seminary in New York, has done a thoroughly scholarly piece of work with a very nice imagination. It is not a long drawn out history of the church but a vital and living narrative, full of interesting anecdotes, word pictures and glimpses into the various countries, nations and individuals involved in the progress of Christianity as the Church spread across the world. Century after century opens up before us as we read; the inner meaning of the Church unfolds and the message deepens as it takes problem after problem in its stride. The most important contribution lies in Mr. Richardson's emphasis on the eternal rather than the transient, the organism not the organization.