Christianity : A Social and Cultural History / Edition 2

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Written by contributing scholars who are experts in specific facets of developing Christianity, this survey provides a well-rounded introduction to the history of Christianity and is ideal for anyone interested in the impact of Christianity of world culture down through history. It shows how Christianity emerged from its original Jewish context and developed into a worldwide religion, offering perceptive studies on how its origins and development were influenced by the changing social and cultural contexts in which the founders and leaders of this tradition lived and thought. Provides detailed evidence of the influence of Greco-Roman and Jewish religious concepts and religious movements on the origins of Christianity, considers the structuring of the church conceptually and organizationally in Europe, and discusses Christianity's spread and growth in America and throughout the world. Looks at the profound impact of the culture of the later Roman and medieval world on the development of Christian doctrine and intellectual traditions and helps readers understand the reasons for the divisions between Catholic and Protestant traditions. For theologians.

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Indicates how Christianity emerged from its original Jewish context and developed into a worldwide religion by engaging with the social and cultural dimensions of the world contemporary with its origins and evolution. Discusses the Greco-Roman setting in which it arose and spread across the Roman world, the early Medieval Christian empire, the Reformation, the conceptual and organizational structuring of the church in Europe, and its spread and growth in America and throughout the world. No date is noted for the first edition. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
A comprehensive, chronological history with emphasis on how Christianity was shaped and influenced by the social and cultural world in which it flourished, and its impact on that world. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780135780718
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 12/9/1997
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 600
  • Sales rank: 538,916
  • Product dimensions: 6.61 (w) x 8.81 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Table of Contents


1. From Alexander to Augustus: Cultural and Political Challenge to Jewish Religious Identity.

2. Jesus of Nazareth and the Radical Alternative for Redefining the Covenant.

3. Paul: Christian Encounter with the Roman World.

4. From Charismatic Movement to Institution.

5. Challenges to Christianity from Roman Culture.

6. Christian Responses to the Challenges from the Culture.

7. The Challenge from Within Christianity.

8. Conflict of Church and Empire.


9. The Christian Empire and Arianism.

10. Pagan Reaction and Christian Victory.

11. West and East After the Fall.

12. The Eastern Empire and the Struggle Against Islam.

13. The Early Medieval Church in the West.

14. The Flowering of Medieval Christendom.


15. The Bloom of the Twelfth Century.

16. The Harvest of the Medieval Church.

17. “The Haywain,” or “All Flesh is Grass”: The Withering of the Medieval Bloom.

18. The Reformations of the Sixteenth Century.

19. The Radical Reformers.

20. “The Most Perfect School of Christ”: The Genevan Reformation.

21. The Protestant Mission and Evangelism: The “International Conspiracy.”

22. Catholic Renewal and the Counter-Reformation.


23. The Confessional Era.

24. From Pietism to the Early Enlightenment.

25. The Church in the Nineteenth Century.

26. Church History and Theology Since World War I.


27. The New England Way.

28. The Southern and Middle Colonies.

29. The Great Awakening.

30. Wars and Revolution.

31. The Second Great Awakening.

32. The Churches and Slavery.

33. An American Roman Catholic Church.

34. Sentimentality and Science.

35. Responses to the City.

36. Modernism and Fundamentalism.

37. Religion in the Public Sphere, 1945—1996.

38. Discordant Voices: Christianity in America Since 1945.


39. Christendom and Colonization.

40. Mission in the Modern Era.

41. World Christianity in the Twentieth Century.

Selected Bibliography.


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