I hope that reading this book will be not just one more assignment, but a pleasure. Churches all over the world are beginning to initiate fellowship and unite. But there was a lot that set my teeth on edge: the irritating point-scoring about which denominations performed well against Fascism, the total complacency about missionary activity. Or, to take another example, the slave narratives, in which you can read what former slaves wrote about their experiences. How broad should it be, and how deep can one go without risking a superficial overview or selective analysis? The excerpts from primary documents and the additional illustrations in this revised edition are significant enhancements that help bring the story to life.
On the other extreme, liberal Christianity believes that Christianity is a dynamic and growing religion; that revelation is progressive and continuous; that God is personal and each person's religious experience in unique; that emphasis should be placed on man's inherent worth, dignity, and potentials as a child of God; and that the struggle against evil is both personal and social. He is aware of recent scholarship, and there are good bibliographies to each chapter. To help facilitate this each chapter concludes with a detailed section of suggested further reading. In his Summa Theologiae he applied Aristotelian philosophy to the formation of Christian theology in an attempt to bring faith and reason together. The spirit, the motivation, is the heart of behavior; external action or appearances are secondary. Description: xxi, 666 Seiten : Illustrationen, Diagramme, Karten, Porträts Contents: Pt. Europe in revolt: church and state in the nineteenth century -- 33.
It's no wonder it's been a standard textbook for so long. A flood of bibles: scripture in the vernacular -- 25. The arts in the Christian West -- 41. Early Christians, in addition to being torn by internal problems, were persecuted in the Roman empire. The little box cut-outs focusing on significant people, events, or movements are also very helpful. Art and the spirit: Christianity and its cultural expression -- pt.
The one thing I really did learn from it was the Great Awakening of the eighteenth century, which I now realise was a hugely important step towards American independence in religious culture, leading to the political reality. The fact that Christianity is still growing all over the world is a reminder that the church is still as strong as ever today as it has ever been. The closing chapters touch rather superficially on the ordination of women. While attendance to church has been decreasing in Europe in recent years, the church in other parts of the world has been increasing dramatically. Christianity is a global faith. Not only was Jesus born in Asia, but in the early years of the church Christianity found fertile soil in Africa and soon extended to East Asia as well. A Century of Conflict 1914-2001 -- 37.
The Emperor Constantine whose wife and mother were Christians brought persecution to a close. This was achieved for Christians, by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, whereby he defeated Satan and paid the price for all the sin in the world. The moral leadership of the papacy was at its lowest ebb between 1309 and 1377. Cooper's kaleidoscopic account provides many different angles from which to view Christian similarities and differences, and readers will be enriched by the breadth and magnanimity of his presentation. Many were benefited by his miracles of healing. In this revised and expanded account, Nancy Koester introduces students to the major events and movements that influenced the tradition.
An age of anxiety: theological thinking in troubled era -- 39. The most famous heresy of the early church centered around a widespread and diverse group known as Gnostics. The broad underlying theme of the book will be the interraction between Christianity and the secular world, exploring how the one has shaped and been shaped in its turn by the other. The book is user-friendly because it is well organized, has themes that are easy to follow, and variety to keep things interesting. Christianity must be thought out, deeply experienced, and lived in all of life.
This book is divided into eight manageable sections and packed with solid information. Reform and renewal: 1500-1650 -- 22. The most popular introduction to Christianity ever published, Dowley's work tells in an engaging way the dramatic, intriguing, and often surprising story of Christians in their 2000-year journey. Homosexuality is not mentioned at all. As a cover-to-cover read, probably a little daunting although the writing style is very accessible but as a one-stop reference, up there with the best.
The fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man is the essence of his gospel. Spreading the good news: how and why Christianity expanded -- 5. Read below for the full interview! In this book Cooper reintroduces us to the global story of Christianity—relocating the center of the Christian narrative to the Global South, joining an emerging chorus of scholars who are challenging the status quo of Christianity as a Western religion. The church expands : Jerusalem to Rome ; The challenge to faith ; What the first Christians believed -- Acceptance and conquest, 325-600. Today, people are increasingly aware that Christianity extends far beyond Europe and North America, permeating the Eastern and Southern hemispheres. The Eastern church -- 18. Through his life and teachings he achieved a new synthesis of religious insights which has attracted people of all religions and has resulted in more books being written about him than about any person who has ever lived on our planet.