An Christianity (2nd Edition)
The new edition of this popular textbook by leading theologian, Alister E. McGrath, will be essential reading for anyone wanting to understand the dynamics of the world's largest religion. Fully revised to include greater coverage of the Catholic perspective, contemporary...
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The new edition of this popular textbook by leading theologian, Alister E. McGrath, will be essential reading for anyone wanting to understand the dynamics of the world's largest religion. Fully revised to include greater coverage of the Catholic perspective, contemporary issues, non-Western Christianity, globalization and women, this is a truly comprehensive, lively, and jargon-free introduction to Christianity.
Written for beginners to this subject, and assumes no knowledge of Christian beliefs or practices.
Includes an introduction to biblical sources and discussion of the central figure of Jesus.
Features comprehensive discussions of Christian theology, the history of Christianity from its origins to the present day, and Christianity in the modern world.
Increases coverage of contemporary issues, the Catholic perspective, non-Western Christianity, globalization and women
Contains accessible and student-friendly features, including numerous illustrations, suggestions for further reading, a glossary of Christian terms, and brief readings from illustrative Christian sources.
Table Of Contents
1. Jesus of Nazareth
2. Introducing the Bible
3. The Old Testament
4. The New Testament
5. The background to Christian belief
6. A Brief Outline of Core Christian Beliefs
7. A brief history of Christianity
8. Christianity: A Global View
9. The life of faith: Encountering Christianity as a lived reality
For further reading
A Glossary of Christian terms
"McGrath's Christianity: An Introduction is the finest text of its kind available. It is encyclopedic in scope, reliable, and quite accessible to the non-specialist. McGrath not only discusses the pivotal events and major figures one would expect in such a work, he portrays Christianity as a dynamic living tradition, growing, adapting, struggling, and through it all, thriving. I have with success used the book as a student text and also for my own preparation in other courses. In this second edition, an already solid resource is made even more valuable."
- David L. Johns, Earlham School of Religion
IntroductionEncountering Christianity: Some GatewaysTextsServicesBuildingsMusicArtPoetry1. Jesus of NazarethThe centrality of Jesus to the Christian faithThe gospels and JesusJesus and Roman historiansJesus and IsraelJesus and Jewish GroupsThe Birth of JesusThe Beginning of the Public Ministry of JesusJesus and WomenThe Teaching of Jesus: The Parables of the KingdomThe CrucifixionThe ResurrectionEvents and MeaningsThe New Testament Understandings of JesusMessiahLordSaviourSon of ManSon of GodGod2. Introducing the BibleThe Bible: The Origin of the TermThe Continuity between Old and New TestamentsThe Contents of the BibleThe Translation of the BibleThe Interpretation of the BibleThe Devotional Reading of the Bible: Christian Spirituality3. The Old TestamentThe Shape of the Old TestamentThe Contents of the Old TestamentThe Five Books of the LawThe Historical BooksThe WritingsThe ProphetsMajor Themes of the Old TestamentThe CreationAbraham: Calling and CovenantThe Exodus from Egypt and Giving of the LawThe Entry into the Promised LandThe Establishment of the MonarchyThe PriesthoodProphecyThe ExileThe Restoration4. The New TestamentThe GospelsThe period of oral traditionMatthewMarkLukeJohnThe Synoptic ProblemActsThe LettersThe Letters of PaulThe Letters of PeterThe Letters of JohnOther LettersThe Book of Revelation5. The background to Christian beliefWhat is faith?Proofs of God 's existence?The sources of Christian beliefsThe BibleTraditionCreedsReasonThe 'Handmaid ': dialogue between theology and cultureWhat is theology?6. A Brief Outline of Core Christian BeliefsGodGod as fatherA personal GodGod as almightyThe TrinityCreationModels of creationImplications of the Doctrine of CreationModels of God as CreatorCreation and natural theologyHumanityHumanity and the 'image of God 'Humanity, the fall, and sinJesusIslamic approaches to the identity of JesusEarly Christian approaches to ChristologyThe concept of the incarnationJesus as mediatorSalvationChrist the Victor: The defeat of death and sinChrist the Harrower of Hell: Atonement and restorationChrist the Redeemer: Atonement as satisfactionChrist the Lover: Atonement and the enkindling of loveGraceThe ChurchThe unity of the churchThe universality of the churchThe holiness of the churchThe sacramentsWhat is a sacrament?BaptismEucharistChristianity and other faithsThe 'common sense ' approach to other religionsThe pluralist approachThe particularist approachThe inclusivist approachThe last things: heaven7. A brief history of ChristianityThe early churchChristianity and JudaismChristianity and womenThe Expansion of the Gospel: PaulThe Expansion of the Gospel: RomeThe Consolidation of ChristianityTheological debates of the early Christian periodThe Origins of MonasticismThe Rise of Celtic ChristianityThe Middle AgesInstability: the church in a period of uncertaintyChristianity in the East to the fall of ConstantinopleThe renewal of western ChristianityThe rise of ScholasticismThe rise of the Religious OrdersThe rebirth of western culture: the RenaissanceWestern Christianity in the Late Middle AgesThe growth in adult literaryA surge in anti-clericalismThe rise in doctrinal pluralismThe ReformationThe Lutheran ReformationThe Calvinist ReformationThe Radical Reformation (Anabaptism)The Catholic ReformationThe Rise of ProtestantismThe Reformation in EnglandThe leading features of ProtestantismThe Confessionalization of faith: Protestant OrthodoxyEnglish-language Protestantism: PuritanismA Protestant religion of the heart: PietismThe Great Awakening: American ProtestantismThe resurgence of Roman CatholicismThe Council of TrentThe Society of JesusThe renewal of Catholic spiritualityThe wars of religionThe modern periodThe rise of indifference to religion in EuropeThe Enlightenment: the rise of rationalismChristianity in the American RevolutionThe great revolt against God: the origins of western atheismKarl Marx and the consolidation of atheismThe global
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Scientist, and former atheist, turned internationally-regarded theologian and prolific author, Revd Professor Alister McGrath, (D.Phil (Oxon), earned D.D. (Oxon) has been appointed to the newly created Chair in Theology, Ministry and Education at King's College, London. Formerly he was Professor of Historical Theology, and Senior Research Fellow at Harris Manchester College, Oxford.
He is a world-renowned theologian, and is the author of numerous bestselling titles including The Christian Theology Reader; Theology; Christianity: An Introduction; A Brief History of Heaven, and Dawkins' God .
McGrath is an Evangelical on the cutting edge of the interface between Theology and Science, and Theology within post-modern culture as indicated by his most recent publications A Fine-Tuned Universe? Anthropic Phenomena and Natural Theology(2009),The Dawkins Delusion? Atheist Fundamentalism and the Denial of the Divine and The Open Secret: A New Vision for Natural Theology.
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- Introduction. Encountering Christianity: Some Gateways. Texts. Services. Buildings. Music. Art. Poetry. 1. Jesus Of Nazareth. The Centrality Of Jesus To The Christian Faith. The Gospels And Jesus. Jesus And Roman Historians. Jesus And Israel. Jesus And Jewish Groups. The Birth Of Jesus. The Beginning Of The Public Ministry Of Jesus. Jesus And Women. The Teaching Of Jesus: The Parables Of The Kingdom. The Crucifixion. The Resurrection. Events And Meanings. The New Testament Understandings Of Jesus. Messiah. Lord. Saviour. Son Of Man. Son Of God. God. 2. Introducing The Bible. The Bible: The Origin Of The Term. The Continuity Between Old And New Testaments. The Contents Of The Bible. The Translation Of The Bible. The Interpretation Of The Bible. The Devotional Reading Of The Bible: Christian Spirituality. 3. The Old Testament. The Shape Of The Old Testament. The Contents Of The Old Testament. The Five Books Of The Law. The Historical Books. The Writings. The Prophets. Major Themes Of The Old Testament. The Creation. Abraham: Calling And Covenant. The Exodus From Egypt And Giving Of The Law. The Entry Into The Promised Land. The Establishment Of The Monarchy. The Priesthood. Prophecy. The Exile. The Restoration. 4. The New Testament. The Gospels. The Period Of Oral Tradition. Matthew. Mark. Luke. John. The Synoptic Problem. Acts. The Letters. The Letters Of Paul. The Letters Of Peter. The Letters Of John. Other Letters. The Book Of Revelation. 5. The Background To Christian Belief. What Is Faith?. Proofs Of God's Existence?. The Sources Of Christian Beliefs. The Bible. Tradition. Creeds. Reason. The 'handmaid': Dialogue Between Theology And Culture. What Is Theology?. 6. A Brief Outline Of Core Christian Beliefs. God. God As Father. A Personal God. God As Almighty. The Trinity. Creation. Models Of Creation. Implications Of The Doctrine Of Creation. Models Of God As Creator. Creation And Natural Theology. Humanity. Humanity And The 'image Of God'. Humanity, The Fall, And Sin. Jesus. Islamic Approaches To The Identity Of Jesus. Early Christian Approaches To Christology. The Concept Of The Incarnation. Jesus As Mediator. Salvation. Christ The Victor: The Defeat Of Death And Sin. Christ The Harrower Of Hell: Atonement And Restoration. Christ The Redeemer: Atonement As Satisfaction. Christ The Lover: Atonement And The Enkindling Of Love. Grace. The Church. The Unity Of The Church. The Universality Of The Church. The Holiness Of The Church. The Sacraments. What Is A Sacrament?. Baptism. Eucharist. Christianity And Other Faiths. The 'common Sense' Approach To Other Religions. The Pluralist Approach. The Particularist Approach. The Inclusivist Approach. The Last Things: Heaven. 7. A Brief History Of Christianity. The Early Church. Christianity And Judaism. Christianity And Women. The Expansion Of The Gospel: Paul. The Expansion Of The Gospel: Rome. The Consolidation Of Christianity. Theological Debates Of The Early Christian Period. The Origins Of Monasticism. The Rise Of Celtic Christianity. The Middle Ages. Instability: The Church In A Period Of Uncertainty. Christianity In The East To The Fall Of Constantinople. The Renewal Of Western Christianity. The Rise Of Scholasticism. The Rise Of The Religious Orders. The Rebirth Of Western Culture: The Renaissance. Western Christianity In The Late Middle Ages. The Growth In Adult Literary. A Surge In Anti-clericalism. The Rise In Doctrinal Pluralism. The Reformation. The Lutheran Reformation. The Calvinist Reformation. The Radical Reformation (anabaptism). The Catholic Reformation. The Rise Of Protestantism. The Reformation In England. The Leading Features Of Protestantism. The Confessionalization Of Faith: Protestant Orthodoxy. English-language Protestantism: Puritanism. A Protestant Religion Of The Heart: Pietism. The Great Awakening: American Protestantism. The Resurgence Of Roman Catholicism. The Council Of Trent. The Society Of Jesus. The Renewal Of Catholic Spirituality. The Wars Of Religion. The Modern Period. The Rise Of Indifference To Religion In Europe. The Enlightenment: The Rise Of Rationalism. Christianity In The American Revolution. The Great Revolt Against God: The Origins Of Western Atheism. Karl Marx And The Consolidation Of Atheism. The Globalization Of Christianity: The Age Of Mission. The Shifting Fortunes Of Roman Catholicism. The First Vatican Council. The Victorian Crisis Of Faith. The Armenian Genocide Of 1915. The Russian Revolution And The State Enforcement Of Atheism. The Nazi Crisis: The Failure Of 'culture Protestantism'. The Second Vatican Council. 8. Christianity: A Global View. A Regional Survey Of Christianity. Africa. South-east Asia. North America. South America. Europe. Christianity: A Survey Of Its Contemporary Forms. Roman Catholicism. Eastern Orthodoxy. Pentecostalism. Protestantism. Anglicans. Baptists. Lutherans. Methodists. Presbyterians And Other Reformed Christians. Evangelicalism. Christianity: A Survey Of Its Global Concerns. The Globalization Of Christianity. The Challenge Of Fundamentalism. Tensions Between Christianity And Islam. The Uncertain Future Of The Protestant Denomination. The Commodification Of Christianity In The West. The Demands For De-westernization Of Christianity. The Emergence Of New Ways Of 'being Church'. 9. The Life Of Faith: Encountering Christianity As A Lived Reality. The Life Of The Church. Christian Weddings. Christian Funerals. The Service Of Nine Lessons And Carols. Christian Worship. Prayer. Praise. Reading Scripture. Preaching. The Reciting Of The Creeds. The Sacraments. Baptism. Eucharist. The Rhythms And Seasons Of The Christian Life. The Christian Year. Advent. Christmas. Epiphany. Lent. Easter. Ascension. Pentecost. Trinity. The Monastic Day. Christian Attitudes To Culture: Some General Considerations. The Impact Of Christianity On Culture. Christianity And The Development Of The Natural Sciences. Christian Symbolism: The Cross. Christian Art. Church Architecture. Stained Glass. Icons. Christian Music. Christianity And Literature. Pilgrimage And The Christian Life. For Further Reading. A Glossary Of Christian Terms. Index