Introduction to the History of Christianity: From the Early Church to the Enlightenment

Introduction to the History of Christianity: From the Early Church to the Enlightenment

by George Herring
     
 

An Introduction to the History of Christianity is a beautifully crafted and clearly written introduction to Christianity over its 2,000 year history concentrating on the interraction between the sacred and the secular.

This book will adopt an approach radically different to that of many general Church histories in terms of length, structure and

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An Introduction to the History of Christianity is a beautifully crafted and clearly written introduction to Christianity over its 2,000 year history concentrating on the interraction between the sacred and the secular.

This book will adopt an approach radically different to that of many general Church histories in terms of length, structure and presentation. The broad underlying theme of the book will be the interraction between Christianity and the secular world, exploring how the one has shaped and been shaped in its turn by the other. In order to achieve this the book will not attempt to cover the whole of Christian history in detail ( this has been done frequently by others ) but rather it will focus on a number of sepecific chronological periods and themes. Three, two hundred year periods have been chosen as pivotal in the development of Christianity, reflecting the conventional divisions into ancient, medieval and early modern. As well as considering the broad themes of belief, practice, organisation and propagation, it will also examine what Christians have meant by their use of terms like authority, tradition, reform or hierarchy. Manageable in length, this will enable the book to be used either as a general introduction to Christian history or as a starting point for further investigation of one or more periods. To help facilitate this each chapter concludes with a detailed section of suggested further reading.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826467379
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
08/01/2006
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.87(d)

Meet the Author


Dr George Herring is a Church historian who studied history at Leicester University as an undergraduate and did his doctoral research at Keble College, Oxford. He has taught history in higher education for over 25 years and currently teaches part time for the Schools of Lifelong Education at York and Bradford Universities. He is the author of 'What Was the Oxford Movement?' also published by Continuum.

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