History of Christianity
A history of Christianity. Looking at the religious life of churches, the sense of the transcendant, the nature of ritual and its use, and the relation to music and art, Owen Chadwick considers the way in which Christianity has drawn...
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A history of Christianity. Looking at the religious life of churches, the sense of the transcendant, the nature of ritual and its use, and the relation to music and art, Owen Chadwick considers the way in which Christianity has drawn on the cultures and ideas of the societies in which it found itself. Was a pulpit an intellectual object or a devotional? What was the force in a person's life of the celebration of Christmas, or the legends of the Three Wise Men, or the cult of the saints? This book ranges from the origins of Christianity through to its most recent manifestations around the world.
"Starting with Christianity's origins as a Jewish sect, the author shows how Europe was converted; and then how the Christian faith was accepted by the Americas, much of Africa and parts of the East. He discusses the effects of the faith on the lives of believers throughout two millennia: the mutually uneasy relationship of the early Christians with the State; the rise of great monastic and clerical institutions, the different holy orders and their roles in disseminating the faith; Christ's imitators, and the canonization of exemplary Christians; the coming of the Protestants, and their attitudes towards work, worship and religious toleration; and Christianity's decline in Europe but expansion into the wider world, alongside twentieth-century issues such as the emancipation of women, birth control, Muslim fundamentalism, Nazi racism and Marxist atheism." "In addition, he explains the evolution of the faith's artistic expression: the development of ecclesiastical architecture, from discreet house churches in the Roman age, via the soaring splendour of the Middle Ages, to the studios of the TV evangelists; the rituals, including the interpretations of the sacred texts, vestments, and the rise of choral music, from oratorio to hymns and spirituals. He discusses the Church's role in caring within the community - both medical and pastoral care - and its shifting attitudes to cruelty and war, from the martyrdoms of the Spanish Inquisition to the pacifism of this century."--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
This is an illustrated guide to the history of Christianity as a people's religion. The author considers the way in which Christianity draws on the culture and ideas of the societies in which it found itself.
Owen Chadwick was Regius Professor of Modern History at Cambridge from 1968 to 1983. He has written many books, including "The Reformation," "The Victorian Church," "The Popes and European Revolution," as a result of which he was awarded the Wolfson Prize for history, and "Michael Ramsey," ý