Introducing Christianity

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570753954
  • Publisher: Orbis Books
  • Publication date: 7/28/2003
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 611,279
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xi
1. Introduction 1
To Begin With: Some Basic Concepts 4
Questions for Further Reflection 9
2. Sacred Time, Sacred Space 10
Sacred Time 10
Sacred Space 17
The Church Building: Some Key Vocabulary 18
Christian Symbols You Should Know 19
Questions for Further Reflection 21
3. Christian Worship 23
Corporate Worship 24
The Sacraments 26
Beyond Sunday Morning 30
Types and Families of Christian Churches 32
Questions for Further Reflection 34
4. Who Is Jesus? 35
Jesus and His People, the Jews 36
What Christians Believe about Jesus 46
Questions for Further Reflection 51
5. The Bible--The Christian Book 52
Old Testament and Hebrew Bible 52
The Old Testament Canon 59
The Deuterocanonical Books 62
The New Testament 64
The New Testament Canon 67
Bible Translations 68
Questions for Further Reflection 69
6. Common Christian Roots 70
The New Testament Period 71
The Patristic Period 75
The Middle Ages 82
Toward the Modern Period 91
Questions for Further Reflection 92
7. Denominations and Difference 93
The Protestants 94
The Reformation on the European Continent 96
The Radical Reformers 99
Christianity in England and America 100
The Catholic Reformation 105
The Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements 106
Christianity and the Challenge of Diversity 107
New Movements in Theology 111
Questions for Further Reflection 114
8. Christian Life and Thought 115
Christian Ethics 117
Love and Christian Virtue 124
Christian Theology 133
Questions for Further Reflection 137
Suggestions for Further Reading 139
Glossary 143
Index 155
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