Christianity: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | September 22, 2014

byLinda Woodhead

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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 ofChristianity, 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. 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, andenthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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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 fres...

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 large...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.68 inPublished:September 22, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199687749

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Introduction1. Jesus: the God-man2. Christian signs and symbols3. The spread of Christianity4. Church and biblical Christianity5. Mystical Christianity6. Modern ChristianityConclusionFurther readingIndex

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Review from previous edition: "her analysis is subtle and perceptive." --Independent on Sunday 02/01/2005