ISBN-10:
1599820730
ISBN-13:
9781599820736
Pub. Date:
02/01/2012
Publisher:
Saint Mary's Press
Christian Thought and Practice: A Primer

Christian Thought and Practice: A Primer

by Natalie Kertes WeaverNatalie Kertes Weaver
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A basic introduction to Christian theology for today's diverse classroom

"Imagine an introductory college text on religious studies in Christianity that is amazingly readable for Christians of all denominations. . . . This brilliant synthesis provides an important, accurate, and compact review of Christianity--its foundations, history, doctrinal expressions, diversity, prayer, and social outreach, along with its relationship to non-Christian religions and to the world of science and politics. . . . Balanced and learned, while at the same time providing a timely and eminently accessible analysis so needed in an increasingly global context."

--Conrad T. Gromada, Ursuline College

Natalie Kertes Weaver is chairperson of the religious studies department and director of the humanities program at Ursuline College, in Pepper Pike, Ohio. She is the author of Marriage and Family: A Christian Theological Foundation, published by Anselm Academic (2009).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781599820736
Publisher: Saint Mary's Press
Publication date: 02/01/2012
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author


Natalie Kertes Weaver is Chairperson of the religious studies department and director of the humanities program at Ursuline College, Pepper Pike, OH. She is the Author of Marriage and Family: A Christian Theological Foundation, published by Anselm Academic (2009).

Table of Contents


Christian Thought and Practice: A Primer

Author's Introduction to Teachers and Students

1. First Things First: Beginning Christian Theology

What to Expect

A Functional Understanding of Christian Theology

Aspects of Christian Theology

Types of Theology

The Audience for Theology

Conclusion

Questions for Discussion and Review

Key Terms

Resources

2. Foundations of Christian Theology

What to Expect

Scripture

Tradition

Reason

Experience

Conclusion

Questions for Discussion and Review

Key Terms

Resources

3. Periods in Christian History

What to Expect

The Biblical Era

The Patristic Era

The Middle Ages

The Reformation

The Modern Era

Conclusion

Questions for Discussion and Review

Key Terms

Resources

4. Christian Doctrines

What to Expect

What Is Doctrine?

God

Jesus the Christ

Eschatology

Conclusion

Questions for Discussion and Review

Key Terms

Comparison of Statements of Faith

Resources

5. Diversity in Christian Worship Communities

What to Expect

What Is a Christian Communion?

Early Christian Diversity

Branches of Eastern Christianity

Roman Catholic Christianity

Protestant Groups of the Reformation and Beyond

Ecumenical Movement

Conclusion

Questions for Discussion and Review

Key Terms

Resources

6. Christian Worship and Practice

What to Expect

What Is Christian Spirituality?

Worship in Prayer

Worship in Liturgy

Liturgical Year and Holidays

The Virgin Mary, Saints, and Martyrs

Social Service and Outreach

Religious Orders

Conclusion

Questions for Discussion and Review

Key Terms

Resources

7. Christianity and Non-Christian Religions

What to Expect

Defining a Religion

Judaism

Islam

Christianity and Two Eastern Traditions

Conclusion

Questions for Discussion and Review

Key Terms

Resources

8. Christianity and the World

What to Expect

Christianity and the Secular World

Christianity and Science

Christianity and Politics

Justice and Ethics

Conclusion

Questions for Discussion and Review

Key Terms

Resources

Index

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