Introduction to Christianity by Professor, Dr. Linda Woodhead
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Introduction to Christianity
By Professor, Dr. Linda Woodhead

An Introduction to Christianity

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Introduction to Christianity by Professor, Dr. Linda Woodhead

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An Introduction to Christianity examines the key figures, events and ideas of two thousand years of Christian history and places them in context. It considers the religion in its material as well as its spiritual dimensions and explores its interactions with wider society such as money, politics, force, gender and the family, and non-Christian cultures and societies. This Introduction places particular focus on the ways in which Christianity has understood, embodied and related to power. It shows how the Church's longstanding love affair with 'higher power', both human and divine, has been repeatedly challenged by alternative ideas of of 'power from below', both sacred and secular. Finally, by bringing the history of Christianity right up-to-date, this book explores the ways in which churches of both North and South react to the rise of modern democracy. Comprehensive and accessible, this book will appeal to the student and general reader.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521786553
ISBN-10: 052178655X
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 23mm)
Pages: 456
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 2-Sep-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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This book argues that the relationship between religion and society in Italy has unique characteristics when compared with what is happening in other European Catholic Countries. Exploring key topics and religious trends which question how the population feel - from the laity and the role of religions in the public sphere, to moral debates.

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UK Kirkus Review » Linda Woodhead combines theology and social history to create the most marvellously detailed study of Christianity and its followers. Woodhead traces the origins of Christianity, which can be said to pre-date Christ by many years, and shows what shaped the religion that we know today. She is especially perceptive in examining the role of the Christian Church in influencing and exercising power. Not all the Church's motivations, let alone its actions, have been edifying. The spiritual aspects of Christianity are set alongside the material and social events of 2000 years while looking at how the religion has interacted with the wider society. Such things as politics, violence and gender issues have all played significant parts in the development of the religion. The book is written in an immediately captivating way that peels away any suggestion of dullness from its subject. You don't have to be familiar with the Bible to enjoy this.(Kirkus UK)


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Author Biography - Professor, Dr. Linda Woodhead

Linda Woodhead is a Senior Lecturer in Christian Studies at Lancaster University. She has written extensively on Christianity, culture and society. Recent edited books include Peter Berger and the Study of Religion (2001), Religions in the Modern World (2002), Predicting Religion (2003, with Grace Davie and Paul Heelas) and Congregational Studies in the UK (2004, with Matthew Guest and Karin Tusting).

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