This book is designed to lead students into the world of Christianity by way of primary literary sources. It contains the most notable and instructive primary sources from the entire sweep of Christian history.
Van Voorst (Western Theological Seminary) presents here together primary source material, introductory notes, and practical guidelines for reading the primary sources. Organized chronologically, the chapters present material from various periods of Christian history. The readings from each time period are grouped into five categories: people and events of influence, institutional and church organization, teachings of Christianity, personal and social ethics, and ecumenism and Christianity's relation to other faiths. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Dr. Robert E. Van Voorst, Professor of New Testament Studies at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan, and former professor of religion at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, has written frequently on religious studies in noted journals and reference works. In addition, he has authored numerous books, including six with Cengage Learning: RELG: WORLD, 2nd Edition; READINGS IN CHRISTIANITY, 3rd Edition; ANTHOLOGY OF WORLD SCRIPTURES, 8th Edition; ANTHOLOGY OF WORLD SCRIPTURES: EASTERN RELIGIONS; ANTHOLOGY OF WORLD SCRIPTURES: WESTERN RELIGIONS; and READING THE NEW TESTAMENT TODAY, now also in a Chinese version. Other books by Van Voorst include BUILDING YOUR NEW TESTAMENT GREEK VOCABULARY, 3rd Edition; THE ASCENTS OF JAMES, a recovery and commentary on a second-century Jewish-Christian document; and JESUS OUTSIDE THE NEW TESTAMENT, an examination of traditions about Jesus from ancient classical and Jewish documents, now also in Italian.
Preface. 1. The Study of Christianity through Primary Sources. 2. Biblical Foundations. 3. Ancient Christianity (100-500). 4. Christianity in Byzantine, Medieval and Renaissance Times (500-1500). 5. Reform in Western Christianity (1500-1600). 6. Early Modern Christianity (1600-1900). 7. Christianity in Modern Times (1900-Present). Index.