Short World History Of Christianity

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In this highly readable volume, Robert Bruce Mullin surveys the rise and spread of Christianity throughout the world. Global in focus and covering the expanse of Christian history, the book unveils the challenges that Christianity has faced throughout the centuries.

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Mullin (modern Anglican studies, General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church) condenses two millennia of Christianity's sociological progress and change into a readable volume that, despite its brevity, conveys the essential details of Christianity's major and even many of its fringe groups. His inclusion of Asian, African, Hispanic, and female perspectives throughout ensures a true global history. Mullin reflects on modern scholarly perspectives regarding various aspects of church history, e.g., how Christianity formed, the 19th-century missionary movement, and the current struggles with modern and postmodern realities. Unfortunately, he purposefully forgoes notes and a bibliography in favor of a few selected readings. Overall, the book will appeal to students and armchair historians seeking a better grasp of why, not just how, Christianity transformed the world and how Christianity itself was transformed through the centuries. Comparable to Martin E. Marty's The Christian World: A Global History, it is suitable for academic and larger public libraries.
—Ray Arnett

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664226862
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 393,560
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Bruce Mullin is Society for the Promotion of Religion and Learning Professor of History and World Mission and Professor of Modern Anglican Studies at General Theological Seminary in New York City. He is the author of seven books and numerous articles.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction: "Fire upon the Earth"     xi
Shaping a Christian Tradition     1
"Who Is This Man?"     3
Going Out into the World     14
Defending and Defining     26
Living in a Hostile World     38
Embracing the World     51
The Constantinian Revolution     53
Defining and Dividing     64
Out of One, Many     77
The Shifting Center     91
The Emergence of Christian Europe     93
Endings and Beginnings     106
The Dividing of Western Christendom     119
Contesting Boundaries     133
The Battle for the Soul of Europe     135
The Reinternationalization of Christianity     149
Reason and Faith     163
Placing Christianity in a New World     175
Challenging Christendom     177
Creating a New World (Nineteenth-Century Style)     187
The Great Divide     200
The "Great Century"     213
Wrestling with Modernity     229
The End of Innocence     231
The Modern Quest for Unity     244
Facing Postmodernity     259
A New Christian World     261
Epilogue     279
Suggested Readings     285
Index     289
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