Religion: Christianity's Chronicler

The many-volumed histories that caused much of the sag in Victorian bookshelves have largely disappeared, but at least one U.S. historian still prefers to see his craft write large. He is Yale University's Kenneth Scott Latourette, 78, a precise, untiring Baptist minister, who has just overseen the publication of his 568-page The Twentieth Century Outside Europe (Harper & Row: $8.50), the fifth and final volume of a series entitled Christianity in a Revolutionary Age.

Latourette's latest book completes an awesome work that has been widely acclaimed as the best exposition so far of what...

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