Church History: Five Approaches to a Global Discipline

Church History: Five Approaches to a Global Discipline

by Dyron Daughrity


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Church History: Five Approaches to a Global Discipline by Dyron Daughrity

This lively book not only unpacks the history of Christianity, but also explains how church history is created and organized. Different from traditional church history textbooks, the book:
Has a global emphasis, rather than an exclusively Euro-American one;
Explains the discipline of church history in addition to the content;
Is readable, engaging, and inviting to new students;
Makes church history accessible rather than stressing obscure dates and names.
Conceptually, this book is revolutionary. The story of Christianity is never complete: it only expands. By allowing fresh players into the story, broadening our perspective to include women, the working class, heretics, and priests outside mainstream «orthodoxy,» we become open to new ways of understanding. And these new perspectives enhance our comprehension of the endlessly surprising story of Christianity's past.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433116957
Publisher: Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers
Publication date: 08/20/2012
Pages: 289
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Dyron B. Daughrity (PhD, University of Calgary) is Associate Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. He teaches courses in comparative religion, history of Christianity, and world Christianity. He is the author of The Changing World of Christianity: The Global History of a Borderless Religion among many other works. He lectures and researches internationally, specializing in the intersection of religion and culture. His work has been featured on National Public Radio, The History Channel, and Inside Higher Ed.

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Illustrations ix

Preface xi

Chapter 1 At Many Times and in Various Ways

A Chronological Approach to Church History 1

Introduction 1

The Chronological Approach 2

Brief Overview 4

Christianity's Global History in Seven Epochs 5

Conclusion: Many Times, Various Ways 40

Questions for Analysis 42

Chapter 2 In My Father's House are Many Rooms

A Denominational Approach to Church History 43

Introduction 43

The Denominational Approach 45

Brief Overview 46

Orthodox Christianity 47

Roman Catholic Christianity 58

Protestant Christianity 68

Conclusion: Many Rooms 79

Questions for Analysis 80

Chapter 3 And the Lord Added to their Number Daily

A Sociological Approach to Church History 81

Introduction 81

The Sociological Approach 84

Brief Overview 93

Christianity: The Largest Religion in the World 93

Secularization 102

Conclusion: And the Lord Added 107

Questions for Analysis 110

Chapter 4 Go and Make Disciples of All Nations

A Geographical Approach to Church History 111

Introduction 111

The Geographical Approach 115

Brief Overview 119

Middle Eastern Christianity 120

Eastern European Christianity 126

Western European Christianity 132

Latin American and Caribbean Christianity 139

North American Christianity 146

Asian Christianity 152

African Christianity 157

Oceanic Christianity 164

Conclusion: Disciples of All Nations 168

Questions for Analysis 171

Chapter 5 Who Do People Say I Am?

A Biographical Approach to Church History 173

Introduction 173

The Biographical Approach 175

Brief Overview 177

21 Centuries of Christian Life 178

Conclusion: Who Do People Say I Am? 217

Questions for Analysis 218

Appendices 221

Methodology 221

The World 223

Africa 225

Antarctica 233

Asia 234

Eastern Europe 239

Latin America & The Caribbean 243

The Middle East 250

North America 253

Oceania 254

Western Europe 258

Notes 263

Bibliography 275

Index 281

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