Author by Commission internationale d'histoire ecclésiastique comparée. Congress
Genre : Church history
ISBN : UOM:39015043155459
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This book studies the writings of the seventeenth century Chinese Christian apologist, Xu Guangqi, comparing them with those of early Latin Christian apologists in Europe to explore problems within the historical inculturation of Christianity in China.
The Christian faith has the allegiance of one third of the human race. It has succeeded in influencing civilization to such a degree that we now take its existence almost for granted. Yet it might all have been so different. Christianity began with the words and deeds of an obscure village carpenter's son who died a shameful criminal's death at the hands of the Roman occupiers of his country: itself an insignificant outpost of the powerful ruling Empire. The feverish land of biblical Palestine, awash with apocalyptic expectations of deliverance from its foreign overlords, was hardly short of seers and prophets who claimed to be sent visions from God. Yet the followers of this man thought he was different: so different, in fact, that some years after his death and asserted resurrection they scandalously insisted not only that he was sent by God, but that he 'was' God. How a provincial sect, with its seemingly outrageous ideas, became first the sanctioned religion of the Roman Empire and then, over the course of 2000 years, the creed of billions of people, is the improbable story that this book tells. It is a story of freethinkers, friars, fanatics and firebrands; and of the lay people (not just the clerical or the powerful) who have made up the great mass of Christians over the centuries. Many introductions to Christianity are written by Christians, for Christians. This elegant textbook, by contrast, shows that the history of the religion, while often glorious, is not one of unimpeded progress, but something still more remarkable, flawed and human.
GCSE RE for You: Christianity is part of the popular GCSE RE for You series. It offers a thorough introduction to each topic and tests pupils' knowledge through a range of activities and exam-style questions. The content and style motivates students and makes RE a more interesting option within schools.
Now available in a fully-revised and updated new edition, this popular textbook by one of the worlds leading theologians offers a lively, jargon-free introduction to Christianity. Features a wealth of new material on global Christianity, American Christianity, the Orthodox Church, current theological debates, and Christianity in relation to other world religions Includes enhanced and expanded student-friendly features, including numerous illustrations, suggestions for further reading, a glossary of Christian terms, and brief readings from primary Christian sources Written in an accessible and engaging style that assumes no prior knowledge of Christian beliefs or practices, making it an invaluable resource for beginners to the subject as well as those looking for a refresher Incorporates coverage of Catholicism, Orthodoxy, Protestantism, Evangelicalism, and Pentecostalism A glossary, related websites, and other resources from Dr. McGrath are available online at www.alistermcgrathwiley.com
An exploration of the rapid development of African Christianity, offering an analysis and interpretation of its movements and issues.
Runar M. Thorsteinsson presents a challenge to the view that Christianity introduced an entirely new, better, and decidedly universal morality into the ancient world. Presenting evidence from Stoic and Christian texts from first century Rome, he emphasizes the similarities between the two belief systems.
Many Christians have written and spoken a great deal about the evil of atheism in one form or another. This book lays no claim for promoting atheism. The author strongly feels that a faith and a belief in a God and a subsequent religion which follows, is a matter of a personal choice. What the book does claim, is the facts that are hidden in Christianity, as a cover up for all the misdeeds that took place in the garb of religion six thousand years ago, if we are to go by the Christian calendar, and what is taking place today is the continuation of a trend that began in BCE.
Christianity: The Basics is a compelling introduction to both the central pillars of the Christian faith and the rich and varied history of this most global of global religions. This book traces the development of Christianity through an exploration of some of the key beliefs, practices and emotions which have been recurrent symbols through the centuries: Christ, the kingdom of heaven and sin Baptism, Eucharist and prayer Joy, divine union and self denial Encompassing the major epochs of Christian history and examining the unity and divisions created by these symbols, Christianity: The Basics is both a concise and comprehensive introduction to the Christian tradition.