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Presents a study of Christianity that examines the history and foundations of this religion, the Christian scriptures, worldview, churches, holidays, cultural expression, what it is like to grow up Christian, and Christianity in the world today.
The New York Times bestseller and definitive history of Christianity for our time—from the award-winning author of The Reformation and Silence A product of electrifying scholarship conveyed with commanding skill, Diarmaid MacCulloch's Christianity goes back to the origins of the Hebrew Bible and encompasses the globe. It captures the major turning points in Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox history and fills in often neglected accounts of conversion and confrontation in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. MacCulloch introduces us to monks and crusaders, heretics and reformers, popes and abolitionists, and discover Christianity's essential role in shaping human history and the intimate lives of men and women. And he uncovers the roots of the faith that galvanized America, charting the surprising beliefs of the founding fathers, the rise of the Evangelical movement and of Pentecostalism, and the recent crises within the Catholic Church. Bursting with original insights and a great pleasure to read, this monumental religious history will not soon be surpassed.
This title offers superb introduction to Christianity for classroom use. ""Christianity: A Biblical, Historical, and Theological Guide for Students"" is a mutual effort by Kathy Lopez, Don Penny, Glenn Jonas, and Adam English, the faculty of the Religion department at Campbell University. This book is specifically designed to be used as a textbook for a course called 'Introduction to Christianity'. The text is the product of more than a decade of classroom work and will provide students with a general introduction to the Christian religion, giving particular emphasis to the biblical, historical, and theological traditions within Christianity. In addition to its primary purpose as a textbook, this book will prove useful to anyone who may be interested in Christianity, from non-Christian inquirers to lay persons in weekly Sunday-school classes. The book is divided into four major units. The first section explores the Old Testament. The second section provides an overview of the New Testament. The third section delves into Christian history beginning with the early centuries and moving through the Middle Ages, Reformation, and into the modern era. The final section asks questions such as 'What do Christians believe?' and 'What do Christians do?' Accessibly written, this text is now available as a new edition of the best-selling ""A Journey of Faith: An Introduction to Christianity"" with more than 50 per cent new material.
From the arrival of the conquistadores in the fifteenth century to the spread of the Pentecostal movement today, Christianity has moulded, coerced, refashioned, and enriched Latin America. Likewise, Christianity has been changed, criticized, and renewed as it crossed the Atlantic. These changes now affect its practice and understanding, not only in South and Central America and the Caribbean, but also - through immigration and global communication - around the world. Focusing on this mutually constitutive relationship, Christianity in Latin America presents the important encounters between people, ideas, and events of this large, heterogeneous subject. In doing so, it takes readers on a fascinating journey of explorers, missionaries, farmers, mystics, charlatans, evangelists, dictators, and martyrs. This book offers an accessible and engaging review of the history of Christianity in Latin America with a widely ecumenical focus to foster understanding of the various forces shaping both Christianity and the region.
A study of Christianity which looks at Jesus and the birth of the Church, Christian beliefs, worship, and how Christianity affects moral behaviour, attitudes, social practices and lifestyles. This foundation edition is aimed at lower-ability pupils for GCSE.
Explores the beliefs, traditions, symbols and practices of the five world religions - Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism. Companion book to the titles in the 'World Religions' series of Harmony and Understanding). Ages 8+.
This new edition of "Teach Yourself Christianity "explores the impact of Christianity on current world affairs and the questions surrounding its continuing effect. Key topics discussed include the teaching and influence of Jesus, the Christian experience of God, movements within the Church, Christian faith in a scientific age, and Christianity's artistic, medical, architectural, and literary inheritance. The book stimulates reflection on Christianity, both for practicing Christians and for general readers who want to learn more about this worldwide faith.
Rodney Stark, a sociologist by training, has written a book that should end much of the Christian-bashing occuring in academia. Stark demonstrates that Christianity became popular very quickly because it offered its adherents a better faith than competing religions and treated those believers better both physically and spiritually.