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Christianity is the world's largest religion, and has had a profound impact on the course of civilization. Introduction to the History of Christianity is a beautifully crafted and clearly written introduction to Christianity over its 2000 year history.

The broad underlying theme of the book is the interaction between Christianity and the secular world, exploring how one has shaped and been shaped by the other. The volume does not attempt to cover the whole of Christian history in detail. It focuses on three key chronological periods pivotal in the development of Christianity: Christ and Caesar, Christianity circa 300-500; Expansion and Order, Latin Christendom, circa 1050-1250; and Grace and Authority, Western Christianity, circa 1450-1650, as well as a concluding section on Christianity in the modern world, providing illustrative snapshots of the tradition over the course of its long development. In addition, the volume includes maps, timelines, quotations from primary source material, a glossary, and a further reading section.

No staid, laborious introduction to its subject, Introduction to the History of Christianity offers an inviting and informative overview of this rich religious tradition.

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Church historian Herring's (What Was the Oxford Movement?) newest book can be seen as a textbook and probably will be used as such. But to view it only as that would be a mistake because it is also an accessible account of the high points of Christianity divided into three 200-year periods "Christ and Caesar, Christianity Circa 300-500," "Expansion and Order, Latin Christendom, Circa 1050-1250," and "Grace and Authority, Western Christianity, Circa 1450-1650." The lives of such important Christians as St. Augustine, Martin Luther, and Erasmus are also touched upon. Most interesting perhaps is the author's admitting to writing about the parts of Christian history that are of "particular interest to him." His excitement, curiosity, and attention to these areas are readily apparent. With the help of maps, illustrations, and skilled writing, his pet subjects soon become the reader's. This well-researched and enjoyable labor of love is highly recommended for all libraries. Wesley A. Mills, Empire State Coll., SUNY at Rochester Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814736999
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2006
  • Pages: 350
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

George Herring is the author of What Was the Oxford Movement? He is a Church historian who studied at Leicester University and Keble College, Oxford. He has taught history in higher education for over 20 years.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : making all things new 1
Pt. 1 Christ and Caesar : Christianity c. 300-c. 500
1 Imperial Christianity 47
2 City and desert 67
3 The great debate 86
4 The African pilgrim 106
Pt. 2 Expansion and order : Latin Christendom c. 1050-c. 1250
5 Roads to Canossa 129
6 Keepers of the keys 150
7 The enthusiasts 178
Pt. 3 Grace and authority : western Christianity c. 1450-c. 1650
8 Reformations 225
9 Diversity becomes division 251
10 Divine winds and interest rates 295
Epilogue : loss and gain 311
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