The Documents of the Christian Church

Paperback | October 5, 2011

EditorHenry Bettenson, Chris Maunder

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This selection of writings from the most important moments in the history of Christianity has become established as a classic reference work, providing insights into 2000 years of Christian theological and political debate. While retaining the original material selected by Henry Bettenson, Chris Maunder has added a substantial section of more recent writings. These illustrate the Second Vatican Council; the theologies of liberation; Church and State from 'Thatcher's Britain' to Communist Eastern Europe; Black,feminist, and ecological theology; ecumenism; and inter-faith dialogue. The emphasis on moral debate in the contemporary churches is reflected in selections discussing questions about homosexuality, divorce, AIDS, and in-vitro fertilization, amongst other issues. This further expanded fourth edition brings the anthology up-to-date with a new section looking at issues facing the twenty-first century churches. This includes extracts exploring the churches' responses to questions of social justice, international politics, trade and debt, environmental change,and technological development. New material also covers the global growth of Christianity, the progress of Christian unity, and mission in multi-faith and postmodern societies.

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This selection of writings from the most important moments in the history of Christianity has become established as a classic reference work, providing insights into 2000 years of Christian theological and political debate. While retaining the original material selected by Henry Bettenson, Chris Maunder has added a substantial section...

Chris Maunder is Head of BA Theology and Religious Studies at York St. John University.

other books by Henry Bettenson

Format:PaperbackDimensions:560 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.68 inPublished:October 5, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199568987

ISBN - 13:9780199568987

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Table of Contents

I: The Early Church (to the Council of Chalcedon, 451)1. The Church and the World2. Creeds3. The Earliest Testimony to the Gospels4. The Person and Work of Christ5. The Problem of the Relation of the Divinity and the Humanity in Christ6. Pelagianism. Human Nature, Sin, and Grace7. The Church, the Ministry, and the Sacraments8. The Authority of the Holy See9. Doctrine and Development. The Vincentian Canon10. Christian InscriptionsII: From the Council of Chalcedon to the Present1. From Chalcedon to the Breach between East and West2. The Empire and the Papacy3. Monasticism and the Friars4. The Church and Heresy5. The Conciliar Movement6. Scholasticism7. The Church in England until the Reformation8. The Reformation on the Continent9. The Reformation in England10. The Roman Catholic Church from the Counter-Reformation to the Second Vatican Council11. The British Churches in the Seventeenth Century12. The British Churches in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries13. The Roman Catholic Church at the Second Vatican Council14. The Twentieth-Century World Churches: Justice, Peace, and the Environment15. The Twentieth-Century World Churches and Inter-Faith Dialogue16. The Twentieth-Century Churches and Christian Unity17. The Twentieth-Century Churches: Sexuality and Procreation18. The Churches and Twenty-First Century Issues

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