Introducing Christianity: Exploring the Bible, Faith, and Life

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This introductory-level book on Christianity looks clearly at what the church believed and taught throughout its history. Hard questions about the Bible, theology, and the Christian life are dealt with. As author, veteran scholar, and pastor James Howell puts it, "Great hope rests in thinking through these questions." In doing so, he explores what it means to live as a Christian, as part of the church community, and also what it means to live with the hope Christian faith provides, even for those who "previously ...

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Overview

This introductory-level book on Christianity looks clearly at what the church believed and taught throughout its history. Hard questions about the Bible, theology, and the Christian life are dealt with. As author, veteran scholar, and pastor James Howell puts it, "Great hope rests in thinking through these questions." In doing so, he explores what it means to live as a Christian, as part of the church community, and also what it means to live with the hope Christian faith provides, even for those who "previously believed there was no hope. Study questions for discussion are included.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664232979
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2009
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

James C. Howell is pastor of the Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the author of a number of books including Discovering the Will of God: Answering the Hard Questions; The Beatitudes for Today; and Introducing Christianity: Exploring the Bible, Faith, and Life, all published by Westminster John Knox Press.

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Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Part I The Bible

1 Scripture: Scrolls in Old Jars 3

2 The Old Testament: The Chosen People 17

3 The New Testament: The Historical Jesus 37

Part II Christianity

4 Church History: Saints and Crusaders 63

5 The Development of Doctrine: Faith Seeking Understanding 79

6 Theology: What We Believe 99

Part III The Christian Life

7 Christian Life and Ethics: The Practice of Faith 121

8 The Church: The Body of Christ 139

9 Eschatology: Hope and the End of Time 157

Epilogue 177

Notes 179

Index 203

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