Introducing Christianity

Introducing Christianity

by Sally Bruyneel
     
 

ISBN-10: 1570753954

ISBN-13: 9781570753954

Pub. Date: 07/28/2003

Publisher: Orbis Books

This book provides a remarkably compact and readable survey of Christianity. From basic religious concepts the authors go on to explore notions of sacred time and space and the distinctive attributes of Christian worship. They consider in turn the person and story of Jesus, the role of the Bible, the history of the early church, the growth of denominations, and basics…  See more details below

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This book provides a remarkably compact and readable survey of Christianity. From basic religious concepts the authors go on to explore notions of sacred time and space and the distinctive attributes of Christian worship. They consider in turn the person and story of Jesus, the role of the Bible, the history of the early church, the growth of denominations, and basics of Christian theology. Along with suggestions for further reading, a glossary and an index, each chapter includes sidebars and questions for class discussion or personal reflection. Introducing Christianity offers a basic text for religious studies courses with a diverse student body as well as courses in religious history and world religions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570753954
Publisher:
Orbis Books
Publication date:
07/28/2003
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
572,852
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.49(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacexi
1.Introduction1
To Begin With: Some Basic Concepts4
Questions for Further Reflection9
2.Sacred Time, Sacred Space10
Sacred Time10
Sacred Space17
The Church Building: Some Key Vocabulary18
Christian Symbols You Should Know19
Questions for Further Reflection21
3.Christian Worship23
Corporate Worship24
The Sacraments26
Beyond Sunday Morning30
Types and Families of Christian Churches32
Questions for Further Reflection34
4.Who Is Jesus?35
Jesus and His People, the Jews36
What Christians Believe about Jesus46
Questions for Further Reflection51
5.The Bible--The Christian Book52
Old Testament and Hebrew Bible52
The Old Testament Canon59
The Deuterocanonical Books62
The New Testament64
The New Testament Canon67
Bible Translations68
Questions for Further Reflection69
6.Common Christian Roots70
The New Testament Period71
The Patristic Period75
The Middle Ages82
Toward the Modern Period91
Questions for Further Reflection92
7.Denominations and Difference93
The Protestants94
The Reformation on the European Continent96
The Radical Reformers99
Christianity in England and America100
The Catholic Reformation105
The Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements106
Christianity and the Challenge of Diversity107
New Movements in Theology111
Questions for Further Reflection114
8.Christian Life and Thought115
Christian Ethics117
Love and Christian Virtue124
Christian Theology133
Questions for Further Reflection137
Suggestions for Further Reading139
Glossary143
Index155

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