A Brief History of Christianity / Edition 1

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"This brief history tells the story of Christianity from its origins to the present day. It spans over 2,000 years of colorful incident to give an authoritative history of Christianity for both the general reader and the beginning student." Ranging from the missionary journeys of the apostles to the tele-evangelism of the twenty-first century, this concise and compelling book also includes an introduction to the historiography of Christianity, an appendix on theological terms, and a bibliography.
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"There is much to praise here. Lindberg manages to explore many key events, issues, people and developments in a very concise manner. The text is very strong on theology and institutions with helpful historical context. I particularly appreciated the attention to Roman Catholicism as well as Protestantism in the modern period. The book is brief, but the history of Christianity is vividly portrayed here in all of its drama and complexity." Jeff Tyler, Hope College

"This is a wonderful book: accessible, concise, clearly written, and thoroughly absorbing. Lindberg has chosen to present the Christian tradition through the history of its principal ideas, but these ideas are grounded in the flesh-and-blood reality of persons, their struggles for faith and for power, and the social and political worlds they inhabited. Reflecting the author’s erudition and wit, this cogent distillation of a complex past will serve beginners as an ideal introduction and old hands as a thought-provoking synthesis." Christopher Elwood, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

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Meet the Author

Carter Lindberg is Professor Emeritus of Church History at Boston University. His recent publications include The Pietist Theologians (2004), The Reformation Theologians (2001), The European Reformations Sourcebook (1999), and The European Reformations (1996), all available via Blackwell Publishing.

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Table of Contents

1 The responsibility to remember : an introduction to the historiography of Christianity 1
2 The law of praying is the law of believing 6
3 Sibling rivalry : heresy, orthodoxy, and ecumenical councils 17
4 The heavenly city : the Augustinian synthesis of biblical religion and Hellenism 35
5 The development of medieval Christendom 51
6 Faith in search of understanding : Anselm, Abelard, and the beginnings of scholasticism 71
7 The medieval church 84
8 The reformations of the sixteenth century 104
9 Pietism and the enlightenment 125
10 Challenge and response : the church in the nineteenth century 143
11 The Christian churches since World War I 163
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