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A Brief History of Christianity


A Brief History of Christianity


Wiley Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion 1. Aufl.

von: Carter Lindberg

78,99 €

Verlag: Wiley-Blackwell
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 04.02.2009
ISBN/EAN: 9781405148870
Sprache: englisch
Anzahl Seiten: 228

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Charting the rise and development of Christianity, Carter Lindberg has succeeded in writing a concise and compelling history of the world’s largest religion. He spans over 2,000 years of colorful incident to give an authoritative history of Christianity for both the general reader and the beginning student. Ranges from the missionary journeys of the apostles to the tele-evangelism of the twenty-first century. Demonstrates how the Christian community received and forged its identity from its development of the Bible to the present day. Covers topics fundamental to understanding the course of Western Christianity, including the growth of the papacy, heresy and schism, reformation and counter-reformation. Includes an introduction to the historiography of Christianity, a note on the problems of periodization, an appendix on theological terms, and a useful bibliography. An authoritative yet succinct history, written to appeal to a general audience as well as students of the history of Christianity. Written by internationally regarded theologian, Carter Lindberg, who is the author of numerous titles on theology and Church history.
Preface x 1 The Responsibility to Remember: An Introduction to the Historiography of Christianity 1 Tradition and Confession 4 2 The Law of Praying is the Law of Believing 6 The Roman Empire and its Political Achievements 10 Hellenization and its Cultural Achievements 10 Development of the Biblical Canon 12 3 Sibling Rivalry: Heresy, Orthodoxy, and Ecumenical Councils 17 The Structure of Tradition: Confession and Doctrine 18 Doctrine as a Key to Christian Memory and Identity 19 Heresy 21 Jesus’ Relationship to God: The Doctrine of the Trinity 22 From the Council of Nicaea to the Council of Constantinople 26 Jesus and Humankind: Christology 28 4 The Heavenly City: The Augustinian Synthesis of Biblical Religion and Hellenism 35 Augustine’s Path to Conversion 40 Augustine’s Theological Contributions 41 Augustine and Donatism 44 The Pelagian Controversy 47 5 The Development of Medieval Christendom 51 Monasticism to Mission 52 The Emergence of the Papacy 54 Papacy and Empire 59 The Gregorian Reform 61 The Investiture Conflict 66 The Crusades 68 6 Faith in Search of Understanding: Anselm, Abelard, and the Beginnings of Scholasticism 71 Universities and Scholasticism 73 Contributions of Early Scholastic Theology 79 7 The Medieval Church 84 The Cultural and Theological Development of the Sacraments 84 The Rise of the Mendicant Orders 89 The Rise and Decline of Papal Authority 95 The Decline of the Papacy 97 Conciliarism 99 8 The Reformations of the Sixteenth Century 104 Context 105 The Reformation in Germany 108 The Reformation in Switzerland 112 The Reformation in France 116 The Reformation in England 117 Scandinavia and Eastern Europe 120 Early Modern Catholicism 121 The Reformations’ Aftermath 122 9 Pietism and the Enlightenment 125 The Enlightenment 135 The Catholic Church and the Enlightenment 141 10 Challenge and Response: The Church in the Nineteenth Century 143 The Churches and the French Revolution 144 From the French Revolution to the Congress of Vienna 145 Church Reform in Germany: The Prussian Union and its Consequences 146 Inner Mission and the Social Question 147 The Catholic Church in the Nineteenth Century 152 Pope Pius IX and Vatican I 153 From Kulturkampf to the Anti-Modernist Oath 154 Nineteenth-Century Theology 155 The Awakening 157 Theological Currents 158 Liberal Theology 160 11 The Christian Churches since World War I 163 New Formulations in Protestant Theology 164 The Churches during National Socialism 167 Developments in the Catholic Church after World War I 171 The Ecumenical Movement 173 Back to the Future: Christianity in Global Context 179 Appendix: Periodization 181 Glossary 189 Further Reading 195 Index 204
"There is much to praise here. Lindberg manages to explore many key events, issues, people and developments in a very concise manner. The text is very strong on theology and institutions with helpful historical context. I particularly appreciated the attention to Roman Catholicism as well as Protestantism in the modern period. The book is brief, but the history of Christianity is vividly portrayed here in all of its drama and complexity." Jeff Tyler, Hope College "This is a wonderful book: accessible, concise, clearly written, and thoroughly absorbing. Lindberg has chosen to present the Christian tradition through the history of its principal ideas, but these ideas are grounded in the flesh-and-blood reality of persons, their struggles for faith and for power, and the social and political worlds they inhabited. Reflecting the author’s erudition and wit, this cogent distillation of a complex past will serve beginners as an ideal introduction and old hands as a thought-provoking synthesis." Christopher Elwood, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Carter Lindberg is Professor Emeritus of Church History at Boston University. His recent publications include The Pietist Theologians (2004), The Reformation Theologians (2001), The European Reformations Sourcebook (1999), and The European Reformations (1996), all available via Blackwell Publishing.
This brief history tells the story of Christianity from its origins to the present day. It spans over 2,000 years of colorful incident to give an authoritative history of Christianity for both the general reader and the beginning student. Ranging from the missionary journeys of the apostles to the tele-evangelism of the twenty-first century, this concise and compelling book also includes an introduction to the historiography of Christianity, an appendix on theological terms, and a bibliography.
"There is much to praise here. Lindberg manages to explore many key events, issues, people and developments in a very concise manner. The text is very strong on theology and institutions with helpful historical context. I particularly appreciated the attention to Roman Catholicism as well as Protestantism in the modern period. The book is brief, but the history of Christianity is vividly portrayed here in all of its drama and complexity." Jeff Tyler, Hope College "This is a wonderful book: accessible, concise, clearly written, and thoroughly absorbing. Lindberg has chosen to present the Christian tradition through the history of its principal ideas, but these ideas are grounded in the flesh-and-blood reality of persons, their struggles for faith and for power, and the social and political worlds they inhabited. Reflecting the author’s erudition and wit, this cogent distillation of a complex past will serve beginners as an ideal introduction and old hands as a thought-provoking synthesis." Christopher Elwood, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

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