The Evolution of Christianity: Twelve Crises that Shaped the Church / Edition 1

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Johnson takes a unique approach to church history. He examines twelve crises that motivated the evolution of Christianity. In his survey of Church history, he chronicles the story from the first century and the "birth and adolescence" of Christianity to postmodernism, a feat which no other introduction can claim. His chapters examine the basic conflicts that gave permanent shape to Christian theology, and, to a lesser degree, church institutions.

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Johnson has written a brief, succinct church history built around the idea that doctrine and practice are shaped and changed by conflict. In fewer than 200 pages, he takes us from New Testament times to the present, by using 12 crises. History as a response to crisis is not a new idea, but Johnson's clear application will really help the nonexpert understand the development of the Christian Church in the West. The chapter titles and subtitles, e.g., "The Crusades: The Crisis of Islam" and "Orthodoxism, Pietism, and Rationalism: The Crisis of Competing Truth-Claims," present the historical context and identify the crisis. The chapters begin with a clear statement of the issue under discussion. Subheadings and a recapitulating conclusion in each chapter aid understanding. This clear and readable presentation of a complex subject is excellent for both students and interested lay readers. Recommended for academic and public libraries.-C. Robert Nixon, M.L.S., Lafayette, IN Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826416421
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 5/5/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Marshall D. Johnson is the former Director of Fortress Press (1990-1997). His recent book Making Sense of the Bible: Literary Type as an Approach to Understanding (Eerdmans, 2002) was selected as one of Choice’s “Outstanding Academic Books” for 2002.

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Table of Contents

1.From Jesus to the "Apostolic Fathers": The Crisis of Birth and Adolescence2.From Variety to Orthodoxy and Heresy: The Crisis of Self-Definition3.From Persecution and Calumny to State Religion: The Crisis of the State4.The Trinitarian and Christological Controversies: The Crisis of Monotheism5.Augustine and the Pelagian Controversy: The Crisis of Salvation6.Oligarchy and Monarchy, East and West: The Crisis of Authority7.The "Crusades": The Crisis of Islam8.Scholastics, Friars, Heretics, and Mystics: Crises of Spirituality9.The Reformation: The Crisis of Salvation Once Again10.Orthodoxism, Pietism, and Rationalism: The Crisis of Modernity11.Copernicus, Darwin, and Freud: The Crisis of Relativity12.Christian Faith Today: The Crisis of Postmodernism

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