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This third volume in The Westminster History of Christian Thought series is an accessible introduction to the main theological disputes and debates that helped shape the church in the period of early Christianity. Early followers of Jesus Christ called themselves...


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This third volume in The Westminster History of Christian Thought series is an accessible introduction to the main theological disputes and debates that helped shape the church in the period of early Christianity. Early followers of Jesus Christ called themselves believers in "the way." They sought to understand what they were coming to believe in relation to how these beliefs affected the ways in which they lived.


Author Lisa Maugans Driver illustrates how early Christians' interactions with one another in worship, and in their care for strangers and the poor, shaped how they came to understand God. This interrelation of faith and practice is the clarifying lens through which the story of emerging Christian thought is told. Questions for discussion with each chapter make this book an excellent resource for classroom use.
-Publisher.



Driver (Valparaiso Univ.) believes the key to understanding the early development of Christianity is to focus on how early Christians answered two questions: who Jesus is, and what it means to follow him. Divided into three chronologically defined parts (the first century, the second/third centuries, and the fourth/fifth centuries), her book is a thematic "collage" that explores the various ways Christians have answered these two questions.


Part 1, the first two chapters, provides a synthesis of recent work on the historical Jesus that situates him in the context of Second Temple Judaism.


In part 2, Driver discusses martyrdom and relations with non-Christians, the rhetorical and ecclesiastical creation of heresy and proto-orthodoxy, the relationship between Jews and Christians, and how Christians read the Bible.


Part 3 treats asceticism, ecclesiology, theological controversies, and social concerns such as poverty in the empire after Constantine.


This volume is clearly intended for undergraduate classroom use and would work well in this context. Each chapter ends with a few questions reviewing the material, and a short bibliography. Beyond these strengths, what recommends the book is Driver's ability to synthesize thoroughly current scholarship on early Christianity. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-level undergraduates; general readers. -- R. E. Winn, Northwestern College (Reprinted with permission of Choice, copyright 2010, American Library Association)


-Publisher


This third volume in the Westminster History of Christian Thought series is an accessible introduction to the main theological disputes and debates that helped shape the church in the period of early Christianity. Author Lisa Maugans Driver illustrates how early Christians' interactions with one another in worship, and in their care for strangers and the poor, shaped how they came to understand God. This interrelation of faith and practice is the clarifying lens through which the story of emerging Christian thought is told. Questions for discussion with each chapter make this book an excellent resource for classroom use.


Designed particularly for undergraduate courses in theology and religion, the Westminster History of Christian Thought series offers reliable and accessible introductions to Christian thought for each major period in Christian history--the early church, the medieval era, the Reformation, the modern age, and the contemporary period--and concludes with a volume on American religious thought.


-Publisher

PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 298446
  • Product Code 9780664228972
  • ISBN 0664228976
  • EAN 9780664228972
  • Pages 248
  • Department Academic
  • Category History
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication Date Jul 2009
  • Sales Rank 53875
  • Dimensions 226 x 150 x 20mm
  • Weight 0.341kg

Lisa D Maugans Driver

Lisa M. Driver (Ph.D., University of Toronto) is Associate Professor of TheologyProgram Director of Mentoring for the Center for Church Vocation at Valparaiso University, and the author of Christ the Center: the Early Christian Era (Vol. 1 of Westminster History of Christian Thought series; Westminster John Knox, 2009)
Koorong -Editorial Review.

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