Introducing Early Christianity
Laurie Guy provides an illuminating, broad-brush survey of the early church in its first four centuries. Her highly readable account is a welcome supplement to chronological histories of the early church, providing something of an aerial view that lets us...
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Laurie Guy provides an illuminating, broad-brush survey of the early church in its first four centuries. Her highly readable account is a welcome supplement to chronological histories of the early church, providing something of an aerial view that lets us see patterns in the historical terrain. From the apostolic fathers to the great ecumenical councils, we see the church undergoing persecution and martyrdom and then rising to favor under Constantine, shaping its ministry and order while worshiping and developing its understanding of doctrine. Baptism and Eucharist, asceticism and monasticism, and the developing roles of women unfold in this thematic account of the rise of Great Tradition Christianity. Richly illustrated and filled out with maps, charts and close-up windows on related topics, Introducing Early Christianity will inform the curious and enliven courses in early church history.
Laurie Guy is lecturer in church history and New Testament at Carey Baptist College, Auckland, New Zealand.
- 1. If Paul Could See Us Now: Four Centuries Of Dramatic Change
- 2. Second-generation Christianity: The Churches Of The Apostolic Fathers
- 3. Suffering And Dying For God: Persecution And Martyrdom
- 4. Getting Organized: Ministry And Structure
- 5. Getting Recognized: Emperor Constantine's Revolution
- 6. Radical Discipleship: Asceticism And Monasticism
- 7. Women In The Early Church: Liberated Or Confined?
- 8. The Emerging Shape Of Worship: Eucharist And Liturgy
- 9. Getting In And Staying In: Baptism And Penance
- 10. Exploring The Paths: The Development Of Early Christian Doctrine
- 11. Mapping The Mind Of The Church: Orthodoxy Defined
- Table Of Key People And Anonymous Writings
- Map Of Early Christian Sites
- Modern Author Index
- Subject Index