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Notable: Three books examine ancient and modern history of Christianity


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