Introducing Christianity

ISBN-10: 0415772125
ISBN-13: 9780415772129
Edition: 2007
Authors: James R. Adair
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List price: $44.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 1/31/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.178
Language: English

What is Christianity? How did it begin? What do Christians believe? What are their customs and history? How has Christianity developed though the centuries, and how diverse is Christianity today? Introducing Christianity is an essential introduction to one of the worlds great religious traditions. James Adair narrates the history of Christianity: the intellectual and historical context of its origins, its triumph under the Romans, the upheavals of the Crusades, the Protestant and Catholic Reformations and the challenges of the Enlightenment and of the modern age. He explores the intriguing new forms Christianity took in the nineteen century, the evolution of sects such as Mormonism and Jehovahs witnesses, and its mission to Africa. Adair also interrogates Christianitys role in the modern world, as he surveys liturgical, geographical and denominational perspectives of contemporary Christianity. He concludes by investigating how Christians interact with modern culture,particularly science, the arts, ethics, political and other religions. Written in a vivid and lively style, by an experienced teacher, Introducing Christianity is the ideal resource for students beginning their studies of Christianity. Richly illustrated, it also includes quotations from original sources, learning goals, summary boxes, questions for discussion, and suggestions for further reading, and a comprehensive glossary, to aid study and revision.

List of illustrations
Acknowledgments
List of abbreviations of books of the Bible
Introduction to Christianity
Basic questions
What is religion?
What is myth?
What is sin?
What is salvation?
What is faith?
What is the Bible?
How is Christianity related to other religions?
Christianity and the divine
Sacred and profane
Sacred time
Sacred space
Sacred symbols and artefacts
Sacred interactions
Sacred personages
Sacred metatime
Historical overview of Christinanity
The historical and intellectual context of Christianity
Judaism
The Greco-Roman world
The founder and the foundational documents
Jesus Christ
The historical Jesus and the Christ of faith
The Christian scriptures
Defining Christianity
The first century
Developments within Christianity
A Jewish or Greco-Roman religion?
Conflict and persecution
Internal struggles
External struggles
The triumph of Christianity
Three early emperors
The Councils of Nicaea and Constantinople
Theological reflection, East and West
The monastic reaction
The Councils of Ephesus and Chalcedon
Power shift
The fall of the Western Roman Empire
The rise of the Eastern Roman Empire
The emergence of Islam
Christianity reascendant
Christendom at its height
The Byzantine Empire
The Holy Roman Empire and Christian Europe
The rise of the papacy
Holy war
Winds of change
Theological developments
The Renaissance and Christian humanism
Efforts to reform the Church
Christianity beyond the Mediterranean world
Upheaval in the Church
The end of the Middle Ages
The Protestant Reformation
The Catholic Reformation
Protestantism settles in
Orthodoxy
Different types of orthodoxy
Reactions to orthodoxy
Old world and new world
The Church in the United States
The Church in Europe
The Church in Latin America and the Caribbean
Diversification and expansion
Developing theology
Global missions
The Church and the modern world
Globalization: war, economy, technology, Christianity
Eastern Christianity
Roman Catholicism
Neo-orthodoxy, Christian realism, and Christian existentialism
The rise of Protestant fundamentalism
World War II and its aftermath
The ecumenical movement
Varieties of Christianity
A denominational/traditional perspective
Varieties of church polity
Catholic Churches
Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Churches
Anglican and Episcopal Churches
Churches of the Magisterial Reform
Free Churches
Pentecostal and Neocharismatic Churches
Another way to look at denominations
A geographical perspective
The Church in Europe
The Church in Asia
The Church in North America
The Church in Latin America and the Caribbean
The Church in Africa
The Church in Australia and Oceania
A doctrinal perspective
The Trinity
The Holy Spirit
Justification by faith
Church and state
Eschatology
Traditional and progressive churches
A liturgical perspective
Early Christian worship
Liturgical (high-church) worship
Traditional (low-church) worship
Contemplative worship
Christianity's interaction with the world
Christianity and science
Cosmology I: the heliocentric universe
Geology
Cosmology II: the Big Bang
Biology
Christianity and the arts
Visual arts
Architecture
Music
Drama
Literature
Christian ethics and politics
Christ and culture
Sexual mores
Life and death
Wealth and poverty
Christianity and politics
Christianity and other religions
Christianity and spirituality
Christian approaches to other religions
Christianity and Judaism
Christianity and Islam
Christianity and the religions of South and East Asia
Christianity and secularism
Conclusion
Timeline of Christian history
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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