Voices of Christianity: A Global Introduction / Edition 1

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This new text combines primary source readings with extended introductions that provide historical context for understanding key thinkers and moments in the history of Christianity. Rather than offering pre-digested, abridged "sound bites" of primary materials, the book includes important documents in their entirety; for example, all of the Gospel of Mark, all of Martin Luther’s "Preface to the Letter to the Romans," and all of Martin Luther King’s sermon "Loving Your Enemies." At the same time, detailed descriptions set the stage for understanding these texts within theological, historical, and other frameworks. The primary texts themselves convey a diversity of views on various issues in the history of Christianity, while introductory questions direct students to consider opposing opinions and counter-arguments and encourage them to reflect on what previous writers had to say on similar subjects.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072870435
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 11/28/2005
  • Edition description: ABR
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Rebecca Moore, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies at San Diego State University, where she teaches courses in Christianity, New Testament, and Religion in America. She has published on the subject of Christian and Jewish Dialogue, with an emphasis on medieval biblical exegesis. She also writes and publishes in the field of new religions in America.
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Table of Contents




Chapter One: The Jewish Roots of Jesus, Paul, and Christianity

Timeline: 587 B.C.E. – 95 C.E.

Genesis 1–3, 9:1–17 (and Leviticus 18:2–5, 16:20–22; Jeremiah 31:31–34, etc.)

I Thessalonians

The Gospel of Mark

Mark 1:1-19 (Willis Barnstone translation)

Literary Sources for Understanding Jesus • Judaic Religions • Apocalyptic Literature • Thinking About Scripture • Jewish Concepts in Christian Theology • Covenant, Atonement, Messiah • Varieties of First-Century Judaic Religions • Jews or Judeans? • Paul the Convert • Gospel Formation • New Testament Traditions • The Historical Jesus • Jesus the Jew

Map: The Roman Empire Under Augustus Caesar

Map: The Journeys of Paul

Chart: Gospel Formation

Chapter Two: The Early Church: Diversity, Division, and Dominion

Timeline: 4 B.C.E. – 476 C.E

The Passion of Saints Perpetua and Felicity

The Gospel of Thomas

Various Creeds in the Early Church (including Nicene Creed)

Athanasius: On the Incarnation (Chapter Three)

Augustine: The City of God (Excerpts from Book Fourteen)

Church of the Martyrs • Constantine • The Mystery Religions • Varieties of Early Christianity: Practices • Varieties of Early Christianity: Beliefs • The Influence of Hellenism • The Development of Creeds • On the Incarnation • The Church of Empire

Map: The Growth of Christianity in the Early Fourth Century

Map: TheRoman Empire in the Fourth Century


Chapter Three: The Middle Ages: For the Love of God

Timeline: 410–1453

Julian of Norwich: Revelations of Divine Love (Excerpts from Book Fourteen)

Haimo of Auxerre: Commentary on Jonah, Chapter 1

Thomas Aquinas: Summa Theologiae (Part I, Question 2)

John of Damascus: On the Divine Image (Third Lecture)

Gregory Palamas: The Triads (Excerpts from Third Triad)

William of Ockham: Eight Questions on the Power of the Pope (Chapters 2–4)

Life and Learning • Monasticism • The Celtic Renaissance • Popular Theology • Mystical Theology • Hildegard of Bingen • Medieval Women Mystics • The Carolingian Renaissance • Missionaries to Western Europe • Monastic Theology • The Four Senses of Scripture • Scholastic Theology • Anselm of Canterbury • Peter Abelard • Mendicant Theology • • The Theology of Icons • Missionaries to Eastern Europe The Theology of Deification • Political Theology • The Medieval Papacy

Map: Europe and the Byzantine Empire

Map: A Rural Community in Medieval Europe

Map: Empire of the Franks under Charlemagne

Map: European Universities

Map: Expansion of Islam

Map: Medieval Pilgrim Routes

Chapter Four: The Reformation: A Clarification of Doctrines

Timeline: 1455–1689

Martin Luther: Preface to the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans

Council of Trent: Decree Concerning Justification

John Calvin: By the Fall and Revolt of Adam the Whole Human Race was Delivered to the Curse, etc.

Council of Trent: Decree Concerning Original Sin

The Supper of the Lorde and the Holy Communion (1552)

Council of Trent: Decree Concerning the Sacraments, Foreword

Council of Trent: Canons on the Sacraments in General

Council of Trent: Canons on the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist

Ulrich Stadler: Cherished Instructions on Sin, Excommunication, and the Community of Goods

Teresa of Avila: Spiritual State and Manner of Prayer

Reformation or Reformations? • Printing and the Humanist Renaissance • Martin Luther and the Lutheran Reformation • Justification and the Council of Trent • John Calvin and Reformed Theology • Original Sin and the Council of Trent • The Anglican Reformation • Communion • Sacraments and the Council of Trent • The Radical Reformation • The Catholic Reformation • New Religious Orders • Wars of Religion

Map: Distribution of Religious Groups in Europe, ca. 1555

Map: Distribution of Religious Groups in Europe, ca. 1600

Chapter Five: Rationalism and the Quest for Authority

Timeline: 1624–1902

William Ellery Channing: Christianity a Rational Religion

Gotthold Lessing: New Hypothesis Concerning the Evangelists Regarded as Merely Human Historians

Margaret Fell: Women's Speaking Justified: A Further Addition

Nicolaus Ludwig Count von Zinzendorf: On the Essential Character and Circumstances of the Life of a Christian

Friedrich Schleiermacher: Second Speech: On the Essence of Religion

The Way of a Pilgrim

Alfred Loisy: Introduction to The Gospel and the Church

The Enlightenment • The Quadrilateral • The Authority of Reason • Deism • The Authority of Scripture • Biblical Criticism • Women in the Bible • The Authority of Experience • Pietism: The Experience of the Holy Spirit • Romanticism: The Authority of Feeling • Mysticism: The Truth of Experience • The Authority of Tradition • Ultramontanism and Infallibility • The Gospel and the Church


Chapter Six: Missions and Inculturation: Singing the Lord's Song in a New Key

Timeline: 1492–1911

Bartolomé de las Casas: On the Kingdom of the Yucatan

Virgilio Elizondo: Our Lady of Guadalupe as a Cultural Symbol

Steven Charleston: The Old Testament of Native America

Shushaku Endo: Silence (selection)

Toyohiko Kagawa: Japan Needs Christ

Thomas Lewis Johnson: Twenty-Eight Years a Slave (selection on mission to Africa)

Mercy Amba Oduyoye: The African Experience of God through the Eyes of an Akan Woman

Christian Missions, Incarnation, and Inculturation • "Christian" Holidays? • Christianity in the New World • The Virgin of Guadalupe • The North American Experience • Old World Missions • South Asian Christianity and the Acts of Thomas • Japanese Christianity • Christian Fiction • Africa for Christ • Slavery in the United States • African American Spirituals • Modern African Christianity • The Missionary Encounter with Other Religions

Map: Spanish and Portuguese Exploration

Map: Christian missionary activitiy in the nineteenth century

Chapter Seven: Twentieth-Century Christianity: Voices for the Future

Timeline: 1906–2005

Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Religionless Christianity

Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions (Nostra Aetate)

Guidelines on Religious Relations with the Jews

Sergius Bulgakov: Orthodoxy and Other Christian Confessions

Message of the First Assembly of the World Council of Churches (1948), Amsterdam, Netherlands

Message from the Second Assembly of the World Council of Churches (1954), Evanston, Illinois

Pope John Paul II: Ut Unum Sint (Selection)

David Yonggi Cho: Home Cell Groups: A Key to Evangelism

Fernando Bermúdez: Persecution and Martyrdom: Testimonials

Gustavo Gutiérrez: Liberation and Salvation

Martin Luther King, Jr.: Loving Your Enemies

Sallie McFague: Concluding Chapter of Models of God

A World Come of Age • Social Gospel • Liberalism, Modernism, and Fundamentalism • Neo-Orthodoxy, Evangelicalism, and the Social Gospel • Søren Kierkegaard • De-mythologizing Jesus • Transcendental Thomism • World War II • Christianity and Non-Christian Religions • Vatican Council II • The Ecumenical Movement • The World Council of Churches • Pope John Paul II • Pentecostal Christianity • Prosperity Christianity • Liberation Theology in Latin America • Liberation Theology in North America • Black Theology • Feminist Theology • Eco-theology

Map: Distribution of the World's Religious



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