Christianity: The Biography: 2000 Years of Global History

Christianity: The Biography: 2000 Years of Global History

by Ian J. Shaw


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In Christianity: The Biography Ian Shaw charts the story of Christianity from its birth and infancy among a handful of followers of Jesus Christ, through its years of development into a global religious movement, spanning continents and cultures and transcending educational and social backgrounds.

This new, accessible overview of the global history of Christianity:

  • Narrates the story of the Christian tradition and its global heritage over two millennia
  • Introduces the major phases, developments, movements, and personalities
  • Explores interactions of Christianity with the wider society
  • Is written from within the evangelical tradition, but accessible to others
  • Presents nuanced, cogent analysis that draws on the latest scholarship

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310536284
Publisher: Zondervan Academic
Publication date: 01/31/2017
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

Ian J. Shaw is Associate International Director of the Langham Scholars Program and Honorary Fellow, School of Divinity, New College, University of Edinburgh. He is the author of Churches, Revolutions and Empires: 1789-1914; High Calvinists in Action: Calvinism and the City; William Gadsby; and The Greatest Is Charity.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Opening Up a Life Story
1: The Cradle: The World into Which Christianity Was Born
2: Smiles: Early Church Growth
3. First Words: Early Christian Writings
4: Tears: Persecutions
5. Learning to Write
6. It’s Official: The Start of Imperial Christianity
7: Moving On and Out
8: Reflecting Inwardly and Reaching Out
9. Disagreements and Rivalries
10: Deepening Thinking Capacities
11. Growing, Contracting, Questioning
12: Divisions
13. Continuity and Change
14: Desires for Purity, Orthodoxy, and Piety
15: Enlightenment
16: Revolution
17: Challenge and Crisis
18. An Age of Turmoil
19: Creeping into Old Age, or Advancing into Young Adulthood?
20: Towards the Next Chapter in Life
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