In The Story of Christianity, acclaimed theologian David Bentley Hart provides a sweeping and informative portrait of a faith that has shaped the western world and beyond for over 2,000 years. From the persecutions of the early church to the papal-imperial conflicts of the Middle Ages, from the religious wars of 16th- and 17th-century Europe to the challenges of science and secularism in the modern era, and from the ancient Christian communities of Africa and Asia to the 'house churches' of contemporary China, The Story of Christianity triumphantly captures the complexity and diversity of Christian history.
This volume examines the development and use of the Bible from late Antiquity to the Reformation, tracing both its geographical and its intellectual journeys from its homelands throughout the Middle East and Mediterranean and into northern Europe. Richard Marsden and Ann Matter's volume provides a balanced treatment of eastern and western biblical traditions, highlighting processes of transmission and modes of exegesis among Roman and Orthodox Christians, Jews and Muslims and illuminating the role of the Bible in medieval inter-religious dialogue. Translations into Ethiopic, Slavic, Armenian and Georgian vernaculars, as well as Romance and Germanic, are treated in detail, along with the theme of allegorized spirituality and established forms of glossing. The chapters take the study of Bible history beyond the cloisters of medieval monasteries and ecclesiastical schools to consider the influence of biblical texts on vernacular poetry, prose, drama, law and the visual arts of East and West.
Divine Agency and Divine Action, Volume II builds on Volume I, which established that no generic concept of action will suffice for understanding the character of divine actions explicit in the Christian faith. Volume II argues that in order to understand divine action, one must begin with the array of specific actions predicated of God in the Christian tradition. William J. Abraham argues that one must practice theology in order to analyze properly the concept of divine action. Abraham offers a careful review and evaluation of the particularities of divine action as they appear in the work of biblical, patristic, medieval, and Reformation-era theologians. Particular attention is given to the divine inspiration of scripture, creation, incarnation, transubstantiation in the Eucharist, predestination, and divine concurrence. The work does not simply repeat the doctrinal formulations found in the Christian tradition, but examines them in order to find fresh ways of thinking about these issues for our own time, especially with respect to the contemporary debates about divine agency and divine action.
The Church was the central institution of the European Middle Ages, and the foundation of medieval life. Professor Lynch's admirable survey (concentrating on the western church, and emphasising ideas and trends over personalities) meets a long-felt need for a single-volume comprehensive history, designed for students and non-specialists.
Includes coverage of General Philosophy; Greek & Roman Philosophy; Medieval Philosophy; Renaissance Philosophy; Modern Philosophy; Twentieth-Century Philosophy; Ancient Religion & Philosophy; Eastern Religion & Philosophy; Judaism; Early Christianity; Late Chrisitianity; Bibles; Minority Religions. listing under Bibliography for more information.
The Story of Christ and the Seven Ecumenical Councils
Author: Stephen W. Need
Publisher: Hendrickson Pub
Truly Divine and Truly Human traces the fascinating story of how Christians came to proclaim Jesus of Nazareth as both 'truly divine' and 'truly human'. This declaration was not easily reached but was the result of centuries of debate, years of argument and a series of Church councils.
Uniate and Orthodox Conflict in 18th-century Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia
Author: Barbara Skinner
Addresses religious and cultural shifts in Belarusian and Ikrainian provinces as they passed from Polish to Russian political control. Highlights overlapping confessional and political pressures that impacted development of the region through the modern era.
Presents for the students a brief but comprehensive overview of Christian origins, principle teachings, historical development, theological, social implications and current opportunities/problems. Jesus' life and teachings couched within their gospel settings form the basis of the presentation.