Christian History An Introduction

ISBN-10: 1118337808

ISBN-13: 9781118337806

Edition: 2013

Authors: Alister E. McGrath

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A major new introduction to the global history of Christianity, written by one of the world’s leading theologians and author of numerous bestselling textbooks. Provides a truly global review by exploring the development of Christianity and related issues in Asia, Latin America and Africa, and not just focusing on Western concernsSpanning more than two millennia and combining elements of theology, history, and culture, it traces the development of all three branches of Christianity – Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox – providing context to Christianity’s origins and its links to JudaismLooks beyond denominational history at Christianity’s impact on individuals, society, politics, and intellectual thought, as well as on art, architecture, and the natural sciencesCombines McGrath’s acute historical sensibility with formidable organizational skill, breaking the material down into accessible, self-contained historical periods Offers an accessible and student-oriented text, assuming little or no advance theological or historical knowledge on the part of the reader
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List price: $49.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/4/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 392
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

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The Early Church, 100-500
Setting the Context: The Origins of Christianity
The Crucible: The History of Israel
A Wider Context: The Pagan Quest for Wisdom
The Turning Point: Jesus of Nazareth
The Early Spread of Christianity
The Apostolic Age
Women in Apostolic Christianity
Christianity and Judaism: A Complex Relationship
Early Christianity and the Roman Empire
The Roman Empire, c. 100
Christianity and the Imperial Cult
Christianity and Judaism: Marcion of Sinope
Christianity and Pagan Culture: Justin Martyr
Early Christian Worship and Life
Early Christianity and the Hellenistic World
The Greek-Speaking World, c. 200
The Challenge of Gnosticism: Irenaeus of Lyons
The Challenge of Platonism: Clement of Alexandria and Origen
Christianity and the Cities: Alexandria and Antioch
Monasticism: A Reaction against the Cities
The Cult of Thecla: Women and the Churches
The Imperial Religion: The Conversion of Constantine
Roman Persecution of Christianity
The First Christian Emperor: Constantine
The Christianization of the Roman Empire
The Imperialization of Christianity
Augustine of Hippo: The Two Cities
The Decline of the Western Empire
The "New Rome": Byzantium and the Eastern Empire
Orthodoxy and Heresy: Patterns in Early Christian Thought
The Boundaries of Faith: A Growing Issue
The Canon of the New Testament
Arianism: The Debate over the Identity of Jesus of Nazareth
Trinitarianism: A Debate about the Nature of God
Donatism: A Debate over the Nature of the Church
Pelagianism: A Debate over Grace and Human Achievement
Innovation: A Debate over the Role of Tradition
The Origins and Development of Creeds
The Council of Chalcedon, 451
The Middle Ages and Renaissance, c. 500-c. 1500
Setting the Context: The Background to the High Middle Ages
Western Christianity after the Fall of Rome
The Rise of Celtic Christianity
The Seventh Century: Islam and Arab Expansion
The Age of Charlemagne
The Rise of the Monastic and Cathedral Schools
Byzantine Christianity: Monophysitism and Iconoclasm
Ninth-Century Debates: The Real Presence and Predestination
Orthodox Missions to Eastern Europe: Bulgaria and Russia
The Tenth Century: Institutional Decline and Decay
The "Great Schism" between East and West (1054)
The Dawn of the High Middle Ages
The Eleventh Century: The Gregorian Reforms
The Cultural Renaissance of the Twelfth Century
The Codification of Theology and Canon Law
The Rise of the University: The Paris and Oxford Schools
The Crusades: Spain and the Middle East
Secular and Religious Power: Innocent III
Franciscans and Dominicans: The Rise of the Mendicant Orders
Women Mystics and Female Religious Orders
Medieval Religious Thought: The Scholastic Achievement
Cathedrals of the Mind: The Rise of Scholasticism
The Handmaid of Theology: The Rediscovery of Aristotle
A Reasonable Faith: Thomas Aquinas
Medieval Proofs for the Existence of God
The Consolidation of the Church's Sacramental System
Medieval Biblical Interpretation
A Byzantine Critique of Scholasticism: Hesychasm
The Medieval Worldview: Dante's Divine Comedy
The Later Middle Ages
The Avignon Papacy and the Great Schism
The Rise of Conciliarism
Eastern Europe: The Rise of Russia as a Christian Nation
Heresy: Waldensians, Hussites, and Wycliffites
The Modern Devotion: The Brethren of the Common Life
Popular Religion: The Cult of the Saints
The Rise of the Ottoman Empire: The Fall of Constantinople (1453)
The Renaissance: Cultural Renewal and Christian Expansion
A New Technology: The Religious Importance of Printing
The Origins of the Italian Renaissance
The Nature of Humanism
Erasmus of Rotterdam
The Renaissance and Religious Renewal
Christian Arts in the Middle Ages and Renaissance
Christian Expansion: Portuguese and Spanish Voyages of Discovery
Competing Visions of Reform, c. 1500-c. 1650
Setting the Context: The Background to the Reformation
The Pressure for Reform of the Church
The Changing Social Order of the Early Sixteenth Century
The Reformation and the Cities of Europe
A Crisis of Authority within the Church
The Origins of a Term: Protestantism
Protestantism: An Overview of a Movement
A Return to the Bible
The Doctrine of Justification by Faith
Democratization: The "Priesthood of All Believers" and the Use of the Vernacular
The Rejection of Papal Authority
Two Sacraments - and Reception in Both Kinds
A New Work Ethic and the Development of Capitalism
The Mainstream Reformation: Luther, Zwingli, and Calvin
Martin Luther: A Brief History
Luther's Reformation at Wittenberg
Huldrych Zwingli: A Brief History
Zwingli's Reformation at Zurich
John Calvin: A Brief History
Calvin's Reformation at Geneva
Reformations across Europe: The Bigger Picture
The Radical Reformation
The English Reformation: Henry VIII
The English Reformation: Edward VI to Elizabeth I
The Catholic Reformation: The Life of the Church
The Catholic Reformation: The Thought of the Church
Women and the Reformation
The Post-Reformation Era
Confessionalism: The Second Reformation
Puritanism in England and North America
The King James Bible (1611)
Christianity and the Arts
Christianity and the Sciences
The Wars of Religion
The Modern Age, c. 1650-1914
The Age of Reason: The Enlightenment
The Rise of Indifference towards Religion
The Enlightenment and Christianity
Christian Beliefs in the "Age of Reason"
Pietism and Revival in Germany and England
America: The "Great Awakening"
The Suppression of the Jesuits, 1759-73
The American Revolution of 1776
The French Revolution of 1789
England: William Wilberforce and the Abolition of Slavery
An Age of Revolution: The Long Nineteenth Century in Europe
The Napoleonic Wars and the Congress of Vienna
Orthodox Resurgence: The Greek War of Independence
Atheism and an Ideology of Revolution: Feuerbach and Marx
Human Origins: Darwin's Origin of Species (1859)
The Victorian Crisis of Faith
The Risorgimento: Italian Reunification and the Pope
The First Vatican Council: Papal Infallibility
German Culture Wars: Bismarck and Catholicism
Theological Revisionism: The Challenge of Modernism
The Long Nineteenth Century in America
Church and State: The Wall of Separation
The Second Great Awakening and American Revivalism
European Immigration and Religious Diversification
The Emergence of the "Bible Belt"
The Civil War: Slavery and Suffering
Pentecostalism: The American Origins of a Global Faith
An Age of Mission
The Origins of Protestant Missions
Missions and Colonialism: The Case of Anglicanism
Christian Missions to Asia
Christian Missions to Africa
Christian Missions to Native Americans
The Edinburgh World Missionary Conference, 1910
The Twentieth Century, 1914 to the Present
Setting the Context: Post-War Turbulence
The Armenian Genocide of 1915
The Russian Revolution of 1917
Post-War Disillusionment: The Theology of Crisis
America: The Fundamentalist Controversy
Mexico: The Cristero War
The Psychological Critique of Religion: Sigmund Freud
The German Church Crisis of the 1930s
The Spanish Civil War (1936-9)
Shifts in Western Christianity since the Second World War
The New World Order: Christianity and the Cold War
The World Council of Churches: The New Ecumenism
Billy Graham and the "New Evangelicalism"
The 1960s: The Origins of a Post-Christian Europe
The Second Vatican Council: Reform and Revitalization
Reconnecting with Culture: The Rise of Apologetics
The Sixties and Beyond: Western Christianity in an Age of Transition
Christianity and the American Civil Rights Movement
The Rise of the American "Religious Right"
The Erosion of Denominationalism in the United States
Faith Renewed: John Paul II and the Collapse of the Soviet Union
Challenging the Establishment: Feminism and Liberation Theology
Responding to Cultural Change: New Forms of Churches
The Equality Agenda: The Protestant Debate over Women's Ordination
The Shift from the West: The New Christianity
The Middle East: The Decline of Arab Christianity
Korea: The Surprising Transformation of a Nation
China: The Resurgence of Christianity in the Middle Kingdom
The Rise of Post-Colonial Christianity: African Initiated Churches
The Rise of Pentecostalism in Latin America
Virtual Christianity: The Internet and New Patterns of Faith
Where Next?
A Glossary of Christian Terms
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