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Author Adair, James R., 1923-

Title Introducing Christianity / James R. Adair
Published New York ; London : Routledge, 2008


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Description xiv, 498 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Series World religions series
World religions (Routledge (Firm))
Contents Introduction to Christianity -- Basic questions -- Christianity and the divine -- Historical overview of Christianity -- The historical and intellectual context of Christianity -- The founder and the foundational documents -- Defining Christianity -- Conflict and persecution -- The triumph of Christianity -- Power shift -- Christendom at its height -- Winds of change -- Upheaval in the church -- Orthodoxy -- Old world and new world -- Diversification and expansion -- The church and the modern world -- Varieties of Christianity -- A denominational/ traditional perspective -- A geographical perspective -- A doctrinal perspective -- A liturgical perspective -- Christianity's interaction with the world -- Christianity and science -- Christianity and the arts -- Christian ethics and politics -- Christianity and other religions
Summary "What is Christianity? How did it begin? What do Christians believe? What are their customs and history? How has Christianity developed though the centuries, and how diverse is Christianity today? Introducing Christianity is an essential introduction to one of the world's great religious traditions."
"James Adair narrates the history of Christianity, the intellectual and historical context of its origins, its triumph under the Romans, the upheavals of the Crusades, the Protestant and Catholic Reformations and the challenges of the Enlightenment and of the modern age. He explores the intriguing new forms Christianity took in the nineteenth century, the evolution of sects such as Mormonism and Jehovah's Witnesses, and its mission to Africa. Taking a historical and phenomenological approach, Adair interrogates Christianity's role in the modern world, as he surveys liturgical, geographical and denominational perspectives of contemporary Christianity, as well as how Christians interact with modern culture, particularly science, the arts, ethics, political and other religions."
"Written in a vivid and lively style, by an experienced teacher, Introducing Christianity is the ideal resource for students beginning their studies of Christianity. Richly illustrated, it also includes quotations from original sources, learning goals, summary boxes, questions for discussion, and suggestions for further reading, and a comprehensive glossary, to aid study and revision."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [481]-488) and index
Subject Christianity.
LC no. 2007025258
ISBN 9780415772112 (hardback : alk. paper)
0415772117 (hardback : alk. paper)
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