Christianity: A Very Short Introduction

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OUP Oxford, Nov 25, 2004 - Religion - 184 pages
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At a time when Christianity is flourishing in the Southern hemisphere but declining in much of the West, thisVery Short Introduction offers an important new overview of the world's largest religion. Exploring the cultural and institutional dimensions of Christianity, and tracing its course over two millennia, this book provides a fresh, lively, and candid portrait of its past and present. Addressing topics that other studies neglect, including the competition for power between different forms of Christianity, the churches' uses of power, and their struggles with modernity, Linda Woodhead concludes by showing the ways in which those who previously had the least power in Christianity--women and non-Europeans--have become increasingly central to its unfolding story. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
 

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Contents

List of illustrations
Introduction
the Godman
Chapter 2The signs and symbols of Christianity
Chapter 3Church and Biblical Christianity
Chapter 4Mystical Christianity
the West
Chapter 6Christianity beyond the West
Chapter 7A womans religion?
Conclusion
Source material
Further reading
Chronology
Index
Copyright

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Linda Woodhead is Senior Lecturer in Christian Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at Lancaster University. Recent books that she has edited include: Religions in the Modern World (Routledge, 2001), Religion in Modern Times (with Paul Heelas) (Blackwell Publishers, 2000) and Diana: The Making of a Media Saint (I. B. Tauris, 1999). She is currently completing an Introduction to Christianity for Cambridge University Press.

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