Christian Thought: A Historical Introduction

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Taylor & Francis, May 14, 2010 - Philosophy - 552 pages
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The story of Christian thought is essential to understanding Christian faith today and the last two millennia of world history. This fresh and lively introduction explores the central ideas, persons, events, and movements that gave rise to Christian thought, from early beginnings to its present forms. By highlighting the important but often neglected role of women and the influence of non-Christian ideas and movements, this book provides a broader context for understanding the history of Christian ideas and their role in shaping our world. This work chronicles the impressive developments of Christian thinking which arose from these contexts and have transcended the ages.

Christian Thought:

  • provides an overview of the context of Christianity’s origin, including discussion of the influence of Hebrews, Greeks, and Romans in the ancient world and the founding figures of Jesus and Paul
  • explores the major events and figures of the history of Christian thought, while drawing attention to significant voices which have often been suppressed
  • analyses the impact on Christian thought of widely discussed events such as The Great Schism, the Scientific Revolution, and Modernism
  • surveys contemporary trends such as fundamentalism, feminism, and postmodernism.

Complete with illustrations, timelines and maps, this is an ideal resource for anyone wanting to learn more about the development of Christian thought and its influence over the centuries.

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User Review  - Jeff Elliott - Goodreads

I read this book for a course on the History of Christian thought. It is a good primer. I really would have liked to spend more time on certain figures, but the nature of the course did not lend itself to it. Read full review

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User Review  - Terry - Goodreads

This book ought to be required reading for all in Christian ministry, especially those who teach on a weekly basis (ie small groups, Sunday School). Written in a very accessible style, Christian ... Read full review

About the author (2010)

Chad Meister is Professor in the School of Religion and Philosophy at Bethel College in Indiana. His previous publications include Introducing Philosophy of Religion (Routledge, 2009) and The Cambridge Companion to Christian Philosophical Theology (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

J. B. Stump is also Professor in the School of Religion and Philosophy at Bethel College in Indiana. His research is in the history of ideas and in the field of science and religion. He is co-editor of the forthcoming Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity.

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