The Gospel in Christian Traditions

Paperback | December 1, 2008

byTed A. Campbell

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Throughout the history of Christianity, there have been theological disputes that caused fissures among the faithful. There were the major ruptures of the Great Schism of 1054 and the Protestant Reformation. Since the Reformation, though, there has been an eruption of new denominations. TheWorld Christian Database now list over 9000 worldwide. And new denominations are created every day, often when a group splits off from an established church because of a dispute over doctrine or leadership. With such a proliferation of denominations, could there possibly be one core Christianmessage that all churches share? That's the question that Ted Campbell sets out to answer in this book. He begins his examination of Christian doctrine where it started: in the gospels. He then shows how the gospel has been received and professed by Christian communities through the centuries, from the first "proto-Orthodox"Christian communities right through the modern evangelical, Pentecostal, and ecumenical movements. Campbell shows that, despite all the divisions, there is indeed a single unifying core of the faith that all Christians share. In the process, he offers a brief, well-written, and acceptable history ofChristian doctrine that will be ideal for courses in the history of Christian thought.

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Throughout the history of Christianity, there have been theological disputes that caused fissures among the faithful. There were the major ruptures of the Great Schism of 1054 and the Protestant Reformation. Since the Reformation, though, there has been an eruption of new denominations. TheWorld Christian Database now list over 9000 wo...

Ted A. Campbell is an Associate Professor of Church History at Perkins Schools of Theology Southern Methodist University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:December 1, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195370627

ISBN - 13:9780195370621

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"Ted Campbell offers those of us involved in the life of Christian communities a rich gift." --from the Foreword by Brian McLaren "Against some fashionable readings that magnify diversity to the point of contradictoriness, Ted Campbell convincingly demonstrates that the core of the Christian gospel has been formulated with remarkable consistency across time and space. This important book thus sets out the doctrinal basis for that unity to which, after a century's ecumenical work on questions of 'faith and order, ' the institutionally divided churches remain called by the gospel itself." --Geoffrey Wainwright, Duke Divinity School