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Christianity: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edition)

ISBN : 9780199687749

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¥1,628
Author: 
Professor, Linda Woodhead
Pages
144 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
114 x 174 mm
Pub date
Sep 2014
Series
Very Short Introductions

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  • A short and accessible guide to the world's largest religion
  • Considers the rise and growth of Christianity throughout history
  • Outlines the main principles and beliefs of Christian thought
  • Demonstrates the diversity of Christian faith and practice in the modern world
  • Explores their struggle with modernity and gender

New to this Edition:

  • Explores the continued expansion of Christianity throughout some parts of the world
  • Looks at how and why Christianity has declined in the West
  • Updated to reflect the changing nature and challenges Christianity faces in an increasingly globalized world
  • Includes an updated further reading section

  
At a time when Christianity is flourishing in the Southern hemisphere but declining in much of the West, this Very Short Introduction offers an important overview of the world's largest religion.
  
Exploring the cultural and institutional dimensions of Christianity, and tracing its course over two millennia, Linda Woodhead provides a fresh, lively, and candid portrait of Christianity's past and present. Addressing topics including the competition for power between different forms of Christianity, the churches' use of power, and its struggles with modernity, this new edition includes up to date information on the growth and geographical spread of Eastern Christianity, reflecting the global nature of Christianity in our ever-shifting contemporary culture. 
 
 
REVIEWS:
"Linda Woodhead has chosen to revise her 2004 book in the Oxford 'Very Short Introduction' series and this is well worth a read." - Adrian Alker, Modern Believing

Index: 

Introduction
1: Jesus: the God-man
2: Christian signs and symbols
3: The spread of Christianity
4: Church and biblical Christianity
5: Mystical Christianity
6: Modern Christianity
Conclusion
Further reading
Index

About the author: 

Linda Woodhead is Professor of Sociology of Religion at Lancaster University, UK. Her research interests lie in the entanglements of religion, politics, and economy, both historically and in the contemporary world. Between 2007 and 2013 she directed the Religion and Society Programme http://www.religionandsociety.org.uk, the UK's largest ever research investment on religion. Her books include Religion and Change in Modern BritainA Sociology of Religious Emotions, and The Spiritual Revolution: Why Religion is Giving Way to Spirituality.

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.
  
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