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Christian History - an Introduction

A major new introduction to the global history of Christianity, written by one of the world s leading theologians and author of numerous bestselling textbooks. * Provides a truly global review by exploring the development of Christianity and related issues in Asia, Latin America and Africa, and not just focusing on Western concerns * Spanning more than two millennia and combining elements of theology, history, and culture, it traces the development of all three branches of Christianity Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox providing context to Christianity s origins and its links to Judaism * Looks beyond denominational history at Christianity s impact on individuals, society, politics, and intellectual thought, as well as on art, architecture, and the natural sciences * Combines McGrath s acute historical sensibility with formidable organizational skill, breaking the material down into accessible, self-contained historical periods * Offers an accessible and student-oriented text, assuming little or no advance theological or historical knowledge on the part of the reader
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Table of Contents

List of Maps and Illustrations xiii How to Use This Book xv 1. The Early Church, 100?500 1 2. The Middle Ages and Renaissance, c. 500?c. 1500 71 3. Competing Visions of Reform, c. 1500?c. 1650 150 4. The Modern Age, c. 1650?1914 214 5. The Twentieth Century, 1914 to the Present 285 Where Next? 349 A Glossary of Christian Terms 351 Index 361

About the Author

Alister E. McGrath is Professor of Theology, Ministry andEducation at King s College London, UK, and head of itsCentre for Theology, Religion, and Culture. Prior to his currentpost, he was Professor of Historical Theology at Oxford University,UK. One of the world s leading theologians, he is the authorof some of the most widely used textbooks on theology, includingthe bestselling Christian Theology: An Introduction(Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), now in its fifth edition, andHistorical Theology, second edition (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012).He is much in demand as a speaker at conferences around theworld.


This book, ideal for seminarians but also for thenon-professional Christian, is an incredible resource for helpingChristians understand where our faith comes from, how it hasdeveloped and spread and survived as long as it has. Ultimately,this book is a great picture of the story of God working to advancehis kingdom in the midst of broken humanity." (, 1 August 2013)

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