An Introduction to Christianity

An Introduction to Christianity

by Linda Woodhead
     
 

An Introduction to Christianity examines the key figures, events and ideas of two thousand years of Christian history and places them in context. It considers the material as well as the spiritual dimensions of this multi-faceted faith, and explores its interactions with culture and society. The volume pays particular attention to the ways in which Christianity has… See more details below

Overview

An Introduction to Christianity examines the key figures, events and ideas of two thousand years of Christian history and places them in context. It considers the material as well as the spiritual dimensions of this multi-faceted faith, and explores its interactions with culture and society. The volume pays particular attention to the ways in which Christianity has understood, embodied and related to power. It shows how the churches' long-standing commitment to 'higher power', both human and divine, has been repeatedly challenged by alternative allegiances to 'power from below', both sacred and secular. By tracing the history of Christianity to the beginning of the third millennium, this book explores the ways in which churches of north and south have reacted to the rise of modem democracy and the cultural turn to subjective life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521454452
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/04/2004
Series:
Introduction to Religion Series
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.14(d)

Table of Contents

1How Christianity came to power9
2Churches of east and west in the early middle ages61
3Christendom : the western church in power105
4The reformation in context159
5Protestant pathways into the modern world204
6Catholic and orthodox negotiations with modernity264
7Twentieth-century fortunes333

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