Christianity An Introduction

ISBN-10: 1405108991
ISBN-13: 9781405108997
Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)
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List price: $67.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/13/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 396
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.848
Language: English

The new edition of this popular textbook by leading theologian, Alister E. McGrath, is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand the dynamics of the world's largest religion.

List of Plates
List of Figures and Maps
Encountering Christianity: Some Gateways
Jesus of Nazareth
The Centrality of Jesus to the Christian Faith
The Gospels and Jesus
Jesus and Roman Historians
Jesus and Israel
Jesus and Jewish Groups
The Birth of Jesus
The Beginning of the Public Ministry of Jesus
Jesus and Women
The Teaching of Jesus: The Parables of the Kingdom
The Crucifixion
The Resurrection
Events and Meanings
The New Testament Understandings of Jesus
Son of God
Son of Man
Introducing the Bible
The Bible: The Origin of the Term
The Continuity between Old and New Testaments
The Contents of the Bible
The Translation of the Bible
The Interpretation of the Bible
The Devotional Reading of the Bible: Christian Spirituality
Medieval conceptions
Protestant spirituality
Biblical themes and imagery
The Old Testament
The Shape of the Old Testament
The Contents of the Old Testament
The five books of the law
The historical books
The writings
The prophets
Major Themes of the Old Testament
The creation
Abraham: Calling and covenant
The Exodus from Egypt and giving of the law
The entry into the promised land
The establishment of the monarchy
The priesthood
The exile
The restoration
The New Testament
The Gospels
The period of oral tradition
The synoptic problem
The Letters
The letters of Paul
The letters of Peter
The letters of John
Other letters
The Book of Revelation
The Background to Christian Belief
What is Faith?
Proofs for God's Existence?
The Sources of Christian Beliefs
The Bible
The "Handmaid": Dialogue Between Theology and Culture
What is Theology?
A Brief Outline of Core Christian Beliefs
God as father
A personal God
God as almighty
The doctrine of the Trinity
Models of creation
Implications of the doctrine of creation
Models of God as creator
Creation and natural theology
Humanity and the "image of God"
Humanity, the fall, and sin
Islamic approaches to the identity of Jesus
Early Christian approaches to Christology
The concept of the incarnation
Jesus as mediator
Christ the victor: The defeat of death and sin
Christ the harrower of hell: Atonement as restoration
Christ the redeemer: Atonement as satisfaction
Christ the lover: Atonement as the enkindling of love
The Church
The unity of the church
The universality of the church
The holiness of the church
The apostolicity of the church
The Sacraments
What is a sacrament?
The eucharist
Christianity and Other Faiths
The "commonsense" approach to other religions
The pluralist approach
The particularist approach
The inclusivist approach
The Last Things: Heaven
A Brief History of Christianity
The Early Church
Christianity and Judaism
Christianity and women
The expansion of the gospel: Paul
The expansion of the gospel: Rome
The consolidation of Christianity
Theological debates of the early Christian period
The origins of monasticism
The rise of Celtic Christianity
The Middle Ages
Instability: The church in a period of uncertainty
Christianity in the east to the fall of Constantinople
The renewal of western Christianity
The rise of scholasticism
The rise of the religious orders
The rebirth of western culture: The Renaissance
Western Christianity in the late Middle Ages
The growth in adult literacy
A surge in anti-clericalism
The rise of doctrinal pluralism
The Reformation
The Lutheran Reformation
The Calvinist Reformation
The Radical Reformation (Anabaptism)
The Catholic Reformation
The rise of Protestantism
The Reformation in England
The leading features of Protestantism
The confessionalization of faith: Protestant orthodoxy
English-language Protestantism: Puritanism
A Protestant religion of the heart: Pietism
The Great Awakening: American Protestantism
The resurgence of Roman Catholicism
The Council of Trent
The Society of Jesus
The renewal of Catholic spirituality
The Wars of Religion
The Modern Period
The rise of indifference to religion in Europe
The Enlightenment: The rise of rationalism
Christianity in the American Revolution
The great revolt against God: The origins of western atheism
Karl Marx and the consolidation of atheism
The globalization of Christianity: The age of mission
The shifting fortunes of Roman Catholicism
The First Vatican Council
The Victorian crisis of faith
The Armenian genocide of 1915
The Russian Revolution and the state enforcement of atheism
The Nazi crisis: The failure of "Culture Protestantism"
The Second Vatican Council
Christianity: A Global View
A Regional Survey of Christianity
Southeast Asia
North America
South America
Christianity: A Survey of its Contemporary Forms
Roman Catholicism
Eastern Orthodoxy
Presbyterians and other Reformed Christians
Christianity: A Survey of its Global Concerns
The globalization of Christianity
The challenge of fundamentalism
Tensions between Christianity and Islam
The uncertain future of the Protestant denomination
The commodification of Christianity in the west
The demands for de-westernization of Christianity
The emergence of new ways of "being church"
The Life of Faith: Encountering Christianity as a Lived Reality
The Life of the Church
Christian weddings
Christian funerals
The Service of Nine Lessons and Carols
Christian worship
Reading Scripture
The reciting of the creeds
The sacraments
The eucharist
The Rhythms and Seasons of the Christian Life
The Christian year
The monastic day
Christian Attitudes to Culture: Some General Considerations
The Impact of Christianity on Culture
Christianity and the development of the natural sciences
Christian symbolism: The cross
Christian art
Church architecture
Stained glass
Christian music
Christianity and literature
Pilgrimage and the Christian life
A Glossary of Christian Terms
Further Reading

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