Introducing Christianity by James R. AdairIntroducing Christianity by James R. Adair

Introducing Christianity

byJames R. AdairEditorJames R. Adair

Paperback | January 31, 2008

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What is Christianity? How did it begin? What do Christians believe? What are their customs and history? How has Christianity developed though the centuries, and how diverse is Christianity today?Introducing Christianityis an essential introduction to one of the world's great religious traditions.

James R. Adair narrates the history of Christianity: the intellectual and historical context of its origins, its triumph under the Romans, the upheavals of the Crusades, the Protestant and Catholic Reformations and the challenges of the Enlightenment, and of the modern age. He explores the intriguing new forms Christianity took in the nineteenth century, the evolution of sects such as Mormonism and Jehovah's witnesses, and its mission to Africa. Adair also interrogates Christianity's role in the modern world, as he surveys liturgical, geographical and denominational perspectives of contemporary Christianity. He concludes by investigating how Christians interact with modern culture, particularly science, the arts, ethics, political and other religions.

Written in a vivid and lively style, by an experienced teacher,Introducing Christianityis the ideal resource for students beginning their studies of Christianity. Richly illustrated, it also includes quotations from original sources, learning goals, summary boxes, questions for discussion, suggestions for further reading, and a comprehensive glossary, to aid study and revision. The accompanying website to this book can be found at

James R. Adairis Assistant Professor at Baptist University of the Am'cas in San Antonio, Texas.  He was the editor of theSociety of Biblical Literature Text-Critical monograph seriesfrom 1997-2004 and is the general editor ofTC: A Journal of Biblical Textual Criticism.
Title:Introducing ChristianityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 9.6 × 6.9 × 1.2 inPublished:January 31, 2008Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415772125

ISBN - 13:9780415772129


Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction to Christianity  1. Basic Questions  2. Christianity and the Divine Part 2: Historical Overview of Christianity  3. The Historical and Intellectual Context of Christianity  4. The Founder and Foundational Documents  5. Defining Christianity  6. Conflict and Persecution  7. The Triumph of Christianity  8. Power Shift  9. Christendom at its Height  10. Winds of Change  11. Upheaval in the Church  12. Orthodoxy  13. Old World and New World  14. Diversification and Expansion  15. The Church and the Modern World Part 3: The Varieties of Christianity  16.  A Denominational/Traditional Perspective  17. A Geographical Perspective  18. A Doctrinal Perspective  19. A Liturgical Perspective Part 4: Christianity's Interaction with the World  20. Christianity and Science  21. Christianity and the Arts  22. Christian Ethics and Politics  23. Christianity and Other Religions  24. Conclusion.  Abbreviations.  Glossary.  Bibliography