Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Charting the rise and development of Christianity, Carter Lindberg has succeeded in writing a concise and compelling history of the world's largest religion. He spans over 2, years of colorful incident to give an authoritative history of Christianity for both the general reader and the beginning student.
Ranges from the missionary journeys of the apostles to the tele-ev Charting the rise and development of Christianity, Carter Lindberg has succeeded in writing a concise and compelling history of the world's largest religion. Ranges from the missionary journeys of the apostles to the tele-evangelism of the twenty-first century. Demonstrates how the Christian community received and forged its identity from its development of the Bible to the present day.
Covers topics fundamental to understanding the course of Western Christianity, including the growth of the papacy, heresy and schism, reformation and counter-reformation. Includes an introduction to the historiography of Christianity, a note on the problems of periodization, an appendix on theological terms, and a useful bibliography. An authoritative yet succinct history, written to appeal to a general audience as well as students of the history of Christianity.
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HISTORICAL FOUNDATIONS OF CHRISTIANITY
Sure, thats an oversimplification , but seemingly true nevertheless. At least when I have the option to do so. How about a relationship. How do I categorize this unique relationship? Why categorize it? I will make one point. Their interest in which box I check off is negligible. This was the preferred title Jesus employed when addressing God.
So relationship seems to be THE single most important criteria regarding this so precious a faith. Yeah Christianity is sort of a family thing. Even more than it is a religion thing. Whatever that really is supposed to mean. So, I would challenge the consideration you suggest regarding the secularist hijacking of a word that has basically been theirs all along. Sure, the gold will separate from the dross, but watch your fingers when you pull it out of the sludge …. Christianity fits neatly in that definition.
We engage in worship, ordinances sacraments , and possess a set of systematic beliefs regarding the Gospel. Every religion has different focuses, but all would meet the this definition. The secular usage of the word is adding a negative connotation specifically meant to attack religions with an emphasis on systematic theology. Language is never static.
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As cultures progress or digress their communication among themselves does so also. While the concept of a thing may remain constant, its application may not always do so. Religion as a concept as you allude is not subject to different interpretations. Thank you, Charles.
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The key difference is that God is the author of one, the Way the Truth and the Life, the enemy of all life satan via sinful man is the author of the other, the path to lies, robbery and death. Big, big difference! Much of what Michael Brown is saying may be true. I would like to see more attention to what Christians can do to encourage peaceful Muslims to prevent violence originating from the fringes of their community. The strongest defense against violence by members of any group should come from its own members. For example, Christians can and should be most effective at discouraging anti-abortion terrorism by people who have some association with Christianity.
Similarly Muslims can and should be the most concerned about violence by people who claim a connection to their religion. Second, because the great visibility and incredible savagery of many of the attacks cause people to think such violence is characteristic of most or all Muslims rather than a small minority of fanatics.
This year Britain has already suffered three horrific terrorist attacks in just 75 days. That does not encourage tolerance for the Islamic faith. But the question remains: How best to encourage Muslims to take effective steps to discourage violence by people identifying with their religion? I suspect articles suggesting that Christianity is better than Islam are not going to help. If we first own up to our own history, we could then acknowledge that some Christians might nowadays engage in violence too.
And point out that each member of a congregation has a responsibility to try to prevent it. After that, pastors and individual Christians would be in a better position to promote interfaith efforts to encourage Muslims to do the same. You raise some great points, and I do agree that as the body of Christ, we need to be honest about the past. At the same time, however, I think we need to resist the insistence from liberals that we engage in perpetual self-flagellation.
I was not suggesting self-flagellation. But I really do think we should all try to work—in the most effective possible ways—toward solutions to the big problem of religion-associated violence.
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Trying to be more humble has been good for me. My earlier version of this was published as a letter to the editor in the Long Beach Calif. Many fundamentalists, and some evangelicals, are quite opposed in principle to inter-religious efforts. Violence came from other denominations—not us—in the past. On the liberal side of Christianity, there might be a reluctance to acknowledge that Islam-related violence is ever a problem. Or a feeling that it would be impolite or much worse to even suggest that Muslims should have any responsibility at all to try to discourage violence by people identifying with their communities.
Are you seeking a better way, or alternative to Kingdom building, than that which our omniscient God has handed-down to us?? War is very ugly business my brother; and I say this as a Vietnam-era veteran too. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.
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Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. Even people with good theology and a strong faith are against any kind of interfaith dialogue. You see that with the recent attacks against Dr.