This volume covers the breadth of Christian history and thought from the birth of Jesus Christ in approximately 6 B.C.E. to mid-2007. Bowden, a theologian and award-winning author, editor, and translator, chose a unique year-by-year format organized in chapters by century, with people, places, and events arranged chronologically. Thematic categories, such as art, are indicated by a series of icons that appear where relevant before each entry. Important topics spanning a range of dates are discussed in boxes set off from the text, and each chapter begins with a general outline of the main themes and developments in Christianity during that century. Cross-references point to earlier and later entries discussing the same topic, allowing what Bowden refers to as "stories" to be traced over a period of time. Well-produced maps and black-and-white illustrations accompany the text where needed. A glossary, a comprehensive index, and short chronologies of specialized topics, such as art, literature, and architecture, are appended at the end of the main text. Owing to the extensive period covered, the one- to two-sentence entries are brief and to the point; depth of information, however, is sometimes sacrificed for breadth. BOTTOM LINE Readers are assumed to have prior knowledge of the subject or the ability to research further topics of interest using other resources. For instance, the dates for the birth, death, and conversion to Christianity of poet W.H. Auden are given but with little explanation as to why this is particularly important. Therefore, this work is best suited for collections that have considerable resources on Christianity available. Recommended for theological collectionsand larger libraries that support theological research. [Available in print only.]-Amanda K. Sprochi, Univ. of Missouri, Columbia
A Chronology of World Christianityby John Bowden
Christianity has carried on down the centuries, in regular prayer, worship, teaching and service to others regardless of dates on the calendar. But there is more to Christianity that this and particularly over the last two hundred years there has been a growing awareness about how much change and diversity there is in Christianity. This is a rich and complex story… See more details below
Christianity has carried on down the centuries, in regular prayer, worship, teaching and service to others regardless of dates on the calendar. But there is more to Christianity that this and particularly over the last two hundred years there has been a growing awareness about how much change and diversity there is in Christianity. This is a rich and complex story involving key individuals, events, intellectual developments, wars, migrations, cultural and scientific innovations, all of which are connected with particular times andplaces. The book is divided into chapters for each century, each of which contains an introduction. There are also boxes scattered throughout the text which have information about the most important movements and developments in the unfolding story. Included are 12 maps, an 8 page color plate section, 40 line drawings and a comprehensive index.
Meet the Author
The Revd Dr. John Bowden is the former Editor and Managing Director of SCM Press. He is the author of several books and articles, including Christianity: The Complete Guide, and has translated numerous religious books from German, French and Dutch.
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