Edmonton, Canada (PressExposure) May 07, 2013 -- The Society to Explore and Record Christian History (SEARCH) has announced publication of the twelfth and final volume of the popular history series The Christians: Their First 2000 Years. Volume 12, The High Tide and The Turn, is a detailed history of the 20th Century, including the World Wars, technological advances, and ideological and religious conflicts that marked the era Pope John Paul II called "the century of tears".
SEARCH President and The Christians editor Ted Byfield called completion of the series a historic milestone in its own right. "The history of western civilization and the history of Christianity are inseparable," said Byfield. "We have woven them together for the first time in a comprehensive story that is accessible to religious and secular readers of all ages."
Dozens of writers, editors, illustrators and artists from across North America contributed to the series. Most are journalists like Byfield, who began his career as a copy boy for the Washington Post sixty years ago, and was a nationally acclaimed reporter in Canada, before becoming an educator and then a magazine and book publisher. Hence the books are written in a highly readable journalistic style. They are also bountifully illustrated with archival photos, maps, and classical and original artwork. Each is meticulously indexed for easy reference.
"From the birth of Christ to the 9-11 terrorist attacks, these books show how religion shaped the course of human events," Byfield said. "Christian influence waxed and waned over the centuries but was omnipresent in the evolution of western civilization. The story continues today with the rapid spread of evangelical Christianity in the developing world and the recent ascension of the first new world pope. The past is a signpost to the future, and we produced these books to illuminate both."