The stories of Christianity
For Easter, here are three recent books about the history, ancient and modern, of the Christian faith.
The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America (Simon & Schuster) by Frances FitzGerald won the National Book Critics Circle award for its deeply researched history of evangelicalism and politics, from the Puritans to the 2016 election.
Paul: A Biography (Harper One) by N. T. Wright, a Bible scholar and Anglican bishop, takes a fresh look at the Jewish heritage and the essential place in Christian history of the man converted on the road to Damascus.
The Triumph of Christianity: How a Forbidden Religion Swept the World (Simon & Schuster) by Bart D. Ehrman is the New Testament scholar’s surprising look at how a tiny sect in a remote part of the Roman Empire converted 30 million people in just four centuries.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor