Introduction to Christianity

ISBN-10: 0495097268
ISBN-13: 9780495097266
Edition: 4th 2009 (Revised)
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List price: $197.95
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 1/29/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

Gain a better understanding of Christianity--its history, driving ideas, and numerous diversities--with the help of this best-selling Christianity text by the leading, respected authors Weaver and Brakke. This long-awaited INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIANITY, Fourth Edition, offers a solid, practical foundation of the essentials of Christianity, interlaced with dynamic discussion and glimpses into some of the latest Christian movements worldwide. Fresh, thematic Sidebars, a popular hallmark of this book, weave current issues such as todays spirituality into history, while the books balanced coverage brings to life the historical, cultural, theological, and social aspects of Christianitys development. You focus on the significant movements, key individuals, and powerful controversies that have united as well as divided Christians throughout the decades and centuries. New and updated thematic Sidebars, a popular hallmark of this book, weave currency into the history with a focus on spirituality, people, concepts, and controversies, including a new set of Sidebars that focus on the human experience of the divine. The text engages students to discuss and reflect upon the challenges that Christians have faced throughout time. INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIANITY, Fourth Edition, promises a thought-provoking introduction and insights you wont want to miss.

Biographical Statement: Mary Jo Weaver is Professor of Religious Studiesat Indiana University. In addition to her early work on Roman Catholicmodernism, she has published two editions of a textbook, Introduction toChristianity, and two books on feminism and American Catholicism, NewCatholic Women and Springs of Water in a Dry Land. She is the co-editor(with R. Scott Appleby) of a companion volume to this book, Being Right:Conservative Catholics in America.

David Brakke is Professor of Religious Studies and Adjunct Professor of History at Indiana University.Michael L. Satlow is Associate Professor in the Program in Judaic Studies and the Department of Religious Studies at Brown University.Steven Weitzman is the Irving M. Glazer Chair in Jewish Studies and Director of the Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program at Indiana University.

Introduction for the Teacher
Note to Students
Biblical and Historical Background for Christianity
God as Revealed in the Bible
Revelation and Religious Experience
The Bible
Spirituality Immanence and Transcendence: The Paradox of God
God as Creator
God as Provident
Controversy Creating the Creator: Inspiration at Work
The Story of Abraham
The Story of Moses
The People of the Covenant
Concept Contracts with God: Covenant Theology
People King David
The People in Exile
Conclusion
Focal Points for Discussion
The Context for and Life of Jesus
Jewish Interpretation of the Exile
Hellenization and the Jews
Jewish Hopes for a Kingdom of God
Concept Living on the Edge of Time: Apocalypticism
The Jews Divided
The Sadducees
The Pharisees
People The Prophets and Messiahs of the First Century
The Essenes
The Zealots
Ordinary Jews
Summary of the Context
The Life of Jesus
The Account of Jesus in the New Testament
The Gospels
Controversy What Books are Authentic? The Formation of the New Testament
The Epistles
The Book of Revelation
Jesus and Jewish Expectation
Spirituality Experiencing God: From Moses to Philo
Conclusion
Focal Points for Discussion
The Emergence of the Christian Church
The Experience of the Apostles
Internal Conflicts in the Early Church
Universality of the Gospel
Authority and Doctrine
People Women in the Early Church
Law and Freedom in the Spirit
External Conflicts of the Early Community
The Jewish Context and Religious Identity
Controversy Salvation Through Knowledge: Gnosticism
The Greek Context and Philosophical Identity
Concept The Divinity of Jesus
The Roman Context and Political Identity
Spirituality Experience of the Holy Spirit: Inspiration and Renewal
Conclusion
Focal Points for Discussion
Historical Roots of Christian Diversity: From Constantine to Modern Times
Orthodox Christianity and Roman Catholicism: From the Fourth to the Fourteenth Centuries
Points of Correspondence
Tradition as a Religious Authority
Models of Sanctity
Concept Monasticism and the Resistance to Culture
The Power of Rome as an Idea: Two Christian Models
Constantinople as the New Rome: The Greek Orthodox System
The West as Roman Catholic: The Rise of the Papacy
The East-West Schism and Contemporary Relations
Controversy How Can Christ be Both Divine and Human?
Liturgy and Doctrine in the Two Churches
Icons and Divinization: The Orthodox Perspective
Survival and Salvation: The Roman Perspective
Spirituality Contemplating the Hidden God
Medieval Christianity in the West
People Thomas Aquinas
Conclusion
Focal Points for Discussion
Aspects of the Reformation
The Historical Situation
Spirituality Imitation of Christ
Religious Reform Before Luther
Reforms of Wycliffe and Hus
Conciliarism
Humanism and the Renaissance
People Erasmus: Faithful Humanist
The Protestant Reformation
The Lutheran Reformation
The Reformed Tradition
Concept Making Saints Out of Sinners: Justification
The Tudor Reformation
The Radical Reformation
The Catholic Reformation
Controversy Soldiers of the Catholic Reformation: The Jesuits
Conclusion
Focal Points for Discussion
The Reformation Continues: Christianity in the Sixteenth, Seventeenth, and Eighteenth Centuries
Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Christianity: Increasing Diversity
Roman Catholicism
Lutheranism
Radical Reformation
The Reformed Tradition in the Context of the Puritan Reformation
Summary of Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Christianity
The Eighteenth Century: Resettlement and Reformation
The Scientific Revolution
The Enlightenment and the Beginnings of Deism
Controversy Science and Religion: The Trial of Galileo
Pietism and the Emergence of New Christian Churches
Spirituality Searching for Sanctification
The American Context
People The Genius of the Great Awakening: Jonathan Edwards
The Great Awakening
Concept Deism and the American Revolution
Deism in America
Growing Denominationalism
Conclusion
Focal Points for Discussion
Christianity in the Modern World: Context and Creativity in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
Christianity and Modernity
Secularization: The New Philosophy and Politics
Controversy Creationism: Christianity and Science
Challenges to Secularization
Spirituality God in a Scientific Age
Roman Catholicism and Modernity
People Unorthodox Humanitarian: Albert Schweitzer
Protestantism and Modernity
Pietism and American Evangelicalism
The Oxford Movement
The Biblical Movement
Christianity and Social Concern
Concept The Modern Economy: Christians and the Rights of Workers
Conclusion
Focal Points for Discussion
Modern American Christianity
The Nineteenth Century: American Religious Diversity
American Evangelicalism
Liberal Protestantism
Communitarian Groups
Concept Political Christianity: The Double Legacy of Reinhold Niebuhr
Millennialist Groups
People Ellen Gould White: Prophet and Sabbatarian
New American Religions
Americanization and the Churches
Growth and Division Within Christian Churches
Spirituality Religion at Home and at Work: Jesus the Friend and Businessman
Summary of Nineteenth-Century Christianity
The Twentieth Century Previewed
Fundamentalism Versus Liberalism: The Battle of the Century
Controversy Politicized Preaching: The Stirring Vision of Aimee Semple Mcpherson
Conclusion
Focal Points for Discussion
Worldwide Christianity: Missions, Ecumenism, and Globalization
Understanding the Missionary Impulse
A Jesuit in China
The New World
Protestant Missionaries in the Nineteenth Century
Modern Missionaries and Liberation Theology
Concept Mission in Reverse
People Modern Missionaries in Danger: Four Women in el Salvador
Globalization and the Rise of World Christianity
The Ecumenical Movement
The Rise of Christianity in the Southern Hemisphere
Spirituality Our Lady of Guadalupe
Transnational Connections and New Conflicts
Controversy Word of Faith: Holy Spirit or Holy Fraud?
Conclusion
Focal Points for Discussion
Contemporary Christian Life
Christians and the World
Withdrawn Communities
Physical Withdrawal: Monastic Communities
Cultural Withdrawal: The Amish
Concept An Alternative to Vengeance: The Amish School Shooting
Psychological Withdrawal: Millennialist Christians
Spirituality The Fear and Reassurance of Judgment
Summary of Withdrawn Communities
Dominating Postures
Political Domination
People Jim Wallis: Left-Wing Evangelical Politics
Financial Domination
Summary of Dominating Postures
Controversy Gender Divisions and Promise Keepers
Questions Raised by the Postures of Withdrawal and Domination
In What Sense Is Christianity Political?
What Is the Church?
What Is the Christian Vision of Jesus?
Conclusion
Focal Points for Discussion
Christians and Their Culture
The Posture of Adaptation
Concept A Matter of Inclusion: Cesar Chavez and Mexican American Catholicism
The Posture of Nonconformity
Relationship of the Two Postures to Vital Issues
Controversy Iconoclastic Antiwar Protests
Problems of War and Peace
Problems of Poverty and Lifestyle
Problems of Racism
People Martin Luther King Jr.: Nonconformity and Social Change
Questions Raised by the Postures of Nonconformity and Adaptation
In What Sense Is Christianity Political?
What Is the Church?
Spirituality Redefining the Boundaries of Faith
How Should the Bible Be Interpreted?
Conclusion
Focal Points for Discussion
Contemporary Christianity
Liberal and Conservative Christianity
Liberal Christianity
Spirituality Prayer: Something Understood
Conservative Christianity
Contemporary Issues
Controversy Jesus in the Culture Wars
The Women's Movement and Questions of Ministry
Concept God-Talk: Language About God
Media Technology and the Nature of the Church
Homosexuality and the Authority of Scripture
People Eboo Patel: Deliberate Engagement with Difference
Conclusion
Focal Points for Discussion
The Order of the Books in the Old Testament
Synopsis of the Books of the Old and New Testaments
Early Christian Writers
Ecumenical Councils
Creeds and Confessions
A Summary of Structural Arrangements
Ecumenism and the World Council of Churches
Glossary
Index

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