365 Daily Fascinating Facts of Faith: The Who, What, When and Where of Christian

365 Daily Fascinating Facts of Faith: The Who, What, When and Where of Christian
$14.95
The more you know of your Christian history, the more you'll appreciate your faith-and this book provides a fun, easy-to-read, one-year overview of everything Christian. Each day of the week focuses on a particular man, woman, place, event, book, song, or other assorted "something" of the Christian world, giving insight into growth and development of Christianity from the early church until now.
ISBN/SKU: 
9781602600133
Publication Date: 
2008-05-01

Ancient Near East

Ancient Near East
$15.99
The cultures of the great empires of the ancient Near East from Egypt to Mesopotamia influenced Israel's religion, literature, and laws because of Israel's geographic location and political position situation. Anyone who wishes to understand the Old Testament texts and the history of ancient Israel must become familiar with the history, literature, and society of the surrounding kingdoms that at times controlled the region. Brief in presentation yet broad in scope, Ancient Near East will introduce students to the information and ideas essential to understanding the texts of the Old Testament while clarifying difficult issues concerning the relationship between Israel and its neighbors. 

Abingdon Essential Guides fulfill the need for brief, substantive, yet highly accessible introductions to the core disciplines in biblical, theological, and religious studies.

The only way humans can know God’s Word is through human words that arise in human cultures. Without  knowledge of ancient cultures, no words about God can be understood deeply. Without  knowledge of ancient cultures, biblical interpretation can be distorted, mistaken, or even wrong. John McLaughlin has written a wonderful book in clear English that describes literary works and cultural worlds of major civilizations in antiquity that have bearing on the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible. He explains basic concepts, terminology, and texts to help students, scholars, and even perhaps preachers who want to understand God’s word expressed through human words.
--Kathleen M. O’Connor, William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament, emeriti, Columbia Theological Seminary

In this work, John McLaughlin offers a special invitation to readers of the Bible to comprehend biblical writings in a fresh way by showing how they relate to the literatures of ancient Middle Eastern empires and peoples.  Chapter-by-chapter, this book gives a tour of the ancient lands and their texts, showing the rich and deep parallels that they share with the Bible. The chapters walk readers through Mesopotamia and Egypt, through the Hittite and Persian empires, to Greece and finally to Israel’s immediate neighbors. Without needing any background, readers will be able to enjoy new discoveries about Israel and its Scriptures. 
--Mark S. Smith, Skirball Professor of Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, New York University
ISBN/SKU: 
9781426753275
Publication Date: 
2012-10-01

Case for God

Case for God
$27.95
Moving from the Paleolithic age to the present, Karen Armstrong details the great lengths to which humankind has gone in order to experience a sacred reality that it called by many names, such as God, Brahman, Nirvana, Allah, or Dao. Focusing especially on Christianity but including Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Chinese spiritualities, Armstrong examines the diminished impulse toward religion in our own time, when a significant number of people either want nothing to do with God or question the efficacy of faith. Why has God become unbelievable? Why is it that atheists and theists alike now think and speak about God in a way that veers so profoundly from the thinking of our ancestors?

Answering these questions with the same depth of knowledge and profound insight that have marked all her acclaimed books, Armstrong makes clear how the changing face of the world has necessarily changed the importance of religion at both the societal and the individual level. And she makes a powerful, convincing argument for drawing on the insights of the past in order to build a faith that speaks to the needs of our dangerously polarized age. Yet she cautions us that religion was never supposed to provide answers that lie within the competence of human reason; that, she says, is the role of logos. The task of religion is “to help us live creatively, peacefully, and even joyously with realities for which there are no easy explanations.” She emphasizes, too, that religion will not work automatically. It is, she says, a practical discipline: its insights are derived not from abstract speculation but from “dedicated intellectual endeavor” and a “compassionate lifestyle that enables us to break out of the prism of selfhood.”
ISBN/SKU: 
9780307269188
Publication Date: 
1901-12-13

Charts of World Religions

Charts of World Religions
$24.99
Charts of World Religions provides an invaluable resource for students and anyone interested in understanding today s complex religious mosaic. It allows quick comparison and contrast of numerous religions. In clear, easy-to-understand charts, this book provides vital information on such topics as the origins of different religions, the nature of deity or ultimate spiritual reality, the source of spiritual truth, the nature of the human predicament, and the nature of salvation/enlightenment/liberation. Similarities and differences between various beliefs are brought out, and subdivisions of broad categories, such as various branches of Christianity and Islam, are detailed. More than ninety charts appear in six major sections: Prolegomena to World Religions Comparison of World Religions Ancient Mediterranean Religions oEgyptian pantheon, Graeco-Roman deities, and more Western Religions oJudaism, Christianity, Islam, Baha i, and Secular Humanism Eastern Religions oHinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Jainism, Zoroastrianism, Shintoism, Confucianism, and Sikhism Indigenous Religions oAfrican, Caribbean, and Native American Wayne House s Charts of World Religions is an excellent resource for both the overall picture and the painstaking details of religious belief around the world. Win Corduan, professor of philosophy and religion, Taylor University"
ISBN/SKU: 
9780310204954
Publication Date: 
2006-03-01

Church History An Essential Guide

Church History An Essential Guide
$17.99

One of the chief difficulties in studying the history of Christianity is the lack of prior exposure to the subject that students often bring with them.  Struggling to keep up with the large numbers of names, dates, and places presented to them, it is easy for students to lose sight of the "big picture," the broad sweep of movement and change that instructors most wish to communicate.  Justo Gonzalez has written this book to help students gain just such a quick and basic grasp of the main periods and issues in the history of Christianity.  Drawing upon his own extensive experience and that of others, he contends that having been introduced to the essentials of church history in a brief and accessible form, students are far better able to understand and appreciate what they encounter in more detailed lectures and reading.

Gonzalez provides a comprehensive opening chapter that summarizes major issues and concerns of each of the principal eras of church history. Subsequent chapters focus on the ancient church, the Christian empire, the Middle Ages, the Reformation, the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries, and the twentieth century and the end of modernity. 

ISBN/SKU: 
9780687016112
Publication Date: 
1996-08-01

Do Jews, Christians, and Muslims Worship the Same God?

Do Jews, Christians, and Muslims Worship the Same God?
$17.99
Most Jews, Muslims, and Christians are devoted and faithful. Still, on any given day, it’s difficult to avoid the vigorous and heated disputes between them, whether over the “Ground Zero” mosque, lobbying state legislatures against Sharia law, sharing worship space, dissecting the fallout of the Arab Spring, protecting civil rights, or challenging the authority of sacred texts. With so much rancor, can there be any common ground? Do they even worship the same God? And can religion, which often is so divisive, be any help at all? Four internationally known scholars set out to tackle these deceptively simple questions in an accessible way. Some scholars argue that while beliefs about God may differ, the object of worship is ultimately the same. However, these authors take a more pragmatic view. While they may disagree, they nevertheless assert that whatever they answers to these questions, the three faiths must find the will (politically, socially, and personally) to tolerate differences. Perhaps what can help us move forward as pluralistic people is ia focus on the goal – peace with justice for all.
ISBN/SKU: 
9781426752377
Publication Date: 
2012-11-01

Great Transformation

Great Transformation
$30.00
In the ninth century BCE, the peoples of four distinct regions of the civilized world created the religious and philosophical traditions that have continued to nourish humanity to the present day: Confucianism and Daoism in China, Hinduism and Buddhism in India, monotheism in Israel, and philosophical rationalism in Greece. Later generations further developed these initial insights, but we have never grown beyond them. Rabbinic Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, for example, were all secondary flowerings of the original Israelite vision. Now, in The Great Transformation, Karen Armstrong reveals how the sages of this pivotal “Axial Age” can speak clearly and helpfully to the violence and desperation that we experience in our own times.

Armstrong traces the development of the Axial Age chronologically, examining the contributions of such figures as the Buddha, Socrates, Confucius, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, the mystics of the Upanishads, Mencius, and Euripides. All of the Axial Age faiths began in principled and visceral recoil from the unprecedented violence of their time. Despite some differences of emphasis, there was a remarkable consensus in their call for an abandonment of selfishness and a spirituality of compassion. With regard to dealing with fear, despair, hatred, rage, and violence, the Axial sages gave their people and give us, Armstrong says, two important pieces of advice: first there must be personal responsibility and self-criticism, and it must be followed by practical, effective action.

In her introduction and concluding chapter, Armstrong urges us to consider how these spiritualities challenge the way we are religious today. In our various institutions, we sometimes seem to be attempting to create exactly the kind of religion that Axial sages and prophets had hoped to eliminate. We often equate faith with doctrinal conformity, but the traditions of the Axial Age were not about dogma. All insisted on the primacy of compassion even in the midst of suffering. In each Axial Age case, a disciplined revulsion from violence and hatred proved to be the major catalyst of spiritual change.
ISBN/SKU: 
0375413170
Publication Date: 
2006-03-01

Great Women in Christian History

Great Women in Christian History
$16.99
Read the heart-touching stories of 37 women who changed the world through Christ's unique calling on their lives. Enriching and motivational, this collection reveals the powerful work of God accomplished through devoted women of faith. Contains photos and biographical facts.
ISBN/SKU: 
9781600661587
Publication Date: 
2005-01-01

Her Story: Women in Christian Tradition

Her Story: Women in Christian Tradition
$44.00
An accessible, introductory text first published by Fortress Press in 1983, Her Story: Women in Christian History has sold over 30,000 copies of the first edition and has ably helped readers recover the oft-ignored or submerged stories of women in the Christian tradition, from biblical times to now. Barbara MacHaffie, who wrote the brief history and compiled a lively anthology of companion primary readings, has revised and updated the text and readings. In this new edition, history and primary readings are combined and augmented with helpful pedagogical tools. This new textbook, which offers sympathetic coverage of all Christian traditions, is supported by a dedicated Web site that includes chapter summaries, questions for discussion and Web links that vividly bring the stories of women to life in portraits, artifacts, and other primary materials.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780800638269
Publication Date: 
2006-03-07
Publisher: 

Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther

Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther
$19.99
The Reformation of the sixteenth century was a vast and complicated movement. It involved kings and peasants, cardinals and country priests, monks and merchants. It spread from one end of Europe to the other, and manifested itself in widely differing forms. Yet in spite of its diverse and complex character, to start to understand the Reformation you need know only one name: Martin Luther. Roland Bainton s Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther remains the definitive introduction to the great Reformer and is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand this towering historical figure."
ISBN/SKU: 
9781426754432
Publication Date: 
2013-08-06
Author: 
Publisher: 

How to Be a Perfect Stranger: The Essential Religious Etiquette Handbook

How to Be a Perfect Stranger: The Essential Religious Etiquette Handbook
$19.99

Updated and Revised
Includes Glossary of Popular Religious Symbols

We North Americans live in a remarkably diverse society, and it's increasingly common to be invited to a wedding, funeral or other religious service of a friend, relative or coworker whose faith is different from our own. These can be awkward situations....

What will happen?
What do I do? What do I wear? What do I say?
What should I avoid doing, wearing, saying?
Is it okay to use a video camera?
How long will it last? What are their basic beliefs?
Will there be a reception? Will there be food?
Should I bring a gift? When is it okay to leave?

These are just a few of the basic questions answered in How to Be a Perfect Stranger. This easy-to-read guidebook, with an "Everything You Need to Know Before You Go" checklist, helps the well-meaning guest to feel comfortable, participate to the fullest extent possible and avoid violating anyone s religious principles while enriching their own spiritual understanding.

For people of all faiths, all backgrounds
African American Methodist Churches . Assemblies of God . Baha i Faith . Baptist . Buddhist . Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) . Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) . Churches of Christ . Episcopalian and Anglican . Hindu . Islam . Jehovah s Witnesses . Jewish . Lutheran . Mennonite/Amish . Methodist . Mormon (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) . Native American/First Nations . Orthodox Churches . Pentecostal Church of God . Presbyterian . Quaker (Religious Society of Friends) . Reformed Church in America/Canada . Roman Catholic . Seventh-day Adventist . Sikh . Unitarian Universalist . United Church of Canada . United Church of Christ

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ISBN/SKU: 
9781594732942
Publication Date: 
2010-11-01

Illustrated World's Religions

Illustrated World's Religions
$24.99
Retaining all the beloved qualities of Huston Smith's classic "The Religions of Man" and the current fully revised and updated "The World's Religions," this stunning pictorial presentation refines the text to its wonderful essentials. In detailed, absorbing, richly illustrated, and highly readable chapters on Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Islam, Judaism, Christianity and primal religions, we find refreshing and fascinating presentations of both the differences and the similarities among the worldwide religious traditions.

The approach is at once classic and contemporary, retaining all the empathy, eloquence and erudition that millions of readers love about the earlier editions, while being edited and designed for a contemporary general readership. This delightful marriage of winsome text and remarkable pictures vividly brings to life the scope and vision of Huston Smith's expertise and insight.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780060674403
Publication Date: 
1995-08-18
Author: 
Publisher: 

In the Steps of Jesus

In the Steps of Jesus
$24.99

In the Steps of Jesus presents a visually stimulating tour of the places Jesus visited and ministered in during his time on earth as recorded in the Gospels. Each location is addressed separately and includes such cities as Capernaum, Nazareth, and Jerusalem. Full color photos bring to life the ancient world of the Bible few will ever be able to visit in person. With every page, the reader will gain greater insight into the history, geography, and unique features of these historic places. A must-have reference book for those interested in the study of the New Testament and the life of Christ.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780310276470
Publication Date: 
2007-10-01

Introducing Christianity: Exploring the Bible, Faith, and Life

Introducing Christianity: Exploring the Bible, Faith, and Life
$17.00

This introductory-level book on Christianity looks clearly at what the church believed and taught throughout its history. Hard questions about the Bible, theology, and the Christian life are dealt with. As author, veteran scholar, and pastor James Howell puts it, "Great hope rests in thinking through these questions." In doing so, he explores what it means to live as a Christian, as part of the church community, and also what it means to live with the hope Christian faith provides, even for those who "previously believed there was no hope. Study questions for discussion are included.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780664232979
Publication Date: 
2009-06-01

Introduction to World Religions: Communities and Cultures

Introduction to World Religions: Communities and Cultures
$44.00
With an emphaisis on communities of faith, this accessible book will introduce students to the classic texts, important events, key figures, defining rituals, essential creeds and symbols of world religions.

Contents:

Introduction byWilliam Scott Green
Judaism
A. Judaism: Beginnings: Religion of Ancient Israel byBaruch A. Levine
B. Judaism: The Formation byJacob Neusner
C. Judaism in Modern Times: Reform, Orthodox, and Conservative Judaism,
ZionismbyJacob Neusner
2. Christianity
A. Christianity: Beginnings by Bruce Chilton
B. Christianity: Roman Catholicism byLawrence S. Cunningham
C. Orthodox Christianity byJ. A. McGuckin
D. Christianity: Protestantismby Martin E. Marty
3. Islam
A. Islam: Beginnings by Th. Emil Homerin
B. Islam: The Shiite Tradition byLiyakat Takim
C. Islam: The Sunni Tradition byTh. Emil Homerin
4. Hinduism byDouglas Brooks
5. Buddhism
A. Buddhism: Beginnings byMario Poceski
B. Buddhism: The Theravada Tradition by Kristen Scheible
C. Buddhism: The Mahayana Tradition byMark L. Blum
6. Daoism byMark Meulenbled
7. ConfucianismbyMark A. Csikszentmihalyi
8. ShintobyJames L. Ford
9. Indigenous Religions
A. Indigenous Religious Tradition byJualynne E. Dodson and Soyna Maria Johnson
B. African Indigenous Religions byJacob Olupona
10. New 19th Century American Religions byDanny L. Jorgensen
11. New 20th Century American Religions by Dell deChant"
ISBN/SKU: 
9780687660001
Publication Date: 
2010-05-01
Publisher: 

Jefferson Bible: The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth

Jefferson Bible: The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth
$16.00
We must reduce our volume to the simple evangelists, select, even from them, the very words only of Jesus. There will be remaining the most sublime and benevolent code of morals which has ever been offered to man.—Thomas Jefferson

Featuring an introduction by Forrest Church, this reissue of The Jefferson Bible offers extraordinary insight into the logic of Thomas Jefferson and the Gospel of Jesus. Working in the White House in 1804, Jefferson set out to edit the Gospels in order to uncover the essence of true religion in the simple story of the life of Jesus. Jefferson was convinced that the authentic message of Jesus could be found only by extracting from the Gospels Jesus's message of absolute love and service, rather than the miracle of the Annunciation, Virgin Birth, or even the Resurrection. Completed in 1819, this little book is the remarkable result of Jefferson's efforts.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780807077146
Publication Date: 
2001-07-04

Jerusalem, Jerusalem: How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World

Jerusalem, Jerusalem: How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World
$28.00
James Carroll’s urgent, masterly Jerusalem, Jerusalem uncovers the ways in which the ancient city became a transcendent fantasy that ignites religious fervor unlike anywhere else on earth. That fervor animates American history as much as it does the Middle East, in the present as deeply as in the past. In Carroll’s provocative reading of the deep past, the Bible came into being as an act of resistance to the violence that threatened Jerusalem from the start. Centuries later, holy wars burned apocalyptic Jerusalem into the Western mind, sparking expressly religious conflict among Jews, Christians, and Muslims. The heat stretched from Richard the Lionheart to Field Marshal Edmund Allenby, whose World War I conquest of the city relit the fuse for a war that still rages. Carroll’s brilliant leap is to show how, as Christopher Columbus was dispatched from the Crusades-obsessed Knights Templar’s last outpost in Iberia, the New World too was powerfully shaped by the millennial obsessions of the City on a Hill — from Governor Winthrop to Abraham Lincoln to Woodrow Wilson to Ronald Reagan. Heavenly Jerusalem defines the American imagination — and always, the earthly city smolders. Jerusalem fever, inextricably tied to Christian fervor, is the deadly — unnamed — third party to the Israeli-Palestinian wars. Understanding Jerusalem fever is the key that unlocks world history, and the diagnosis that gives us our best chance to reimagine peace.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780547195612
Publication Date: 
2011-03-09

New History of Christianity

New History of Christianity
$41.99
Told in easy-to-understand language with helpful timelines and selections from historical writings, this engaging new introduction will appeal especially to students with little or no experience in the study of religion. A New History of Christianity provides a definitive overview of the many persons, places, movements, and events necessary for the telling of our story, the story of the Church. It is a story told within the complex contexts of larger world events and world cultures, but defined and simplified by attention to those developments that have proven most influential. Knowing that the history of Christianity presents students with a daunting array of names and events, Hillerbrand focuses only on those that provide the best insights into Christianity's contribution to world culture, both past and present.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780687027965
Publication Date: 
2012-08-01

On This Day in Christian History: 365 Amazing and Inspiring Stories about Saints, Martyrs and Heroes

On This Day in Christian History: 365 Amazing and Inspiring Stories about Saints, Martyrs and Heroes
$12.99

Amazing Stories of Faith from Twenty Centuries of Church History

From the Roman Empire to the Reformation, St. Valentine to St. Francis, Martin Luther to Billy Graham, best-selling author Robert J. Morgan introduces you to a parade of preachers, popes, martyrs, heroes, and saints. Intriguing and inspiring stories from two thousand years of Christianity offer a glimpse into church history.

On This Day in Christian History is an introduction to 365 of the most remarkable men and women of faith you will ever meet. Simple, colorful stories tell you about history-making events in the lives of people who loved God wholeheartedly. This unique devotional:

  • Provides a rarely seen view of believers and their roles in the Christian church
  • Offers daily Scripture reading from the Contemporary English Version
  • Is a goldmine of speech starters—lesson and sermon illustrations for speakers, preachers, and teachers
  • Includes a helpful index of selected topics

On This Day in Christian History brings a year’s worth of insight and spiritual challenge as you learn what some Christians endured because of their love for God.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780785231899
Publication Date: 
2010-11-09

People's History of Christianity: The Other Side of the Story

People's History of Christianity: The Other Side of the Story
$14.99

The Grassroots Movements That Preserved Jesus's Message of Social Justice for 2,000 Years and Their Impact on the Church Today

For too long, the history of Christianity has been told as the triumph of orthodox doctrine imposed through power. Now, historian Diana Butler Bass sheds new light on the surprising ways that many Christians have refused to conform to a rigid church hierarchy and sought to recapture the radical implications of Jesus's life and message.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780061448713
Publication Date: 
2010-03-23

Perfect Stranger's Guide to Funerals and Grieving Practices: A Guide to Etiquette in Other People's Religious Ceremonies

Perfect Stranger's Guide to Funerals and Grieving Practices: A Guide to Etiquette in Other People's Religious Ceremonies
$16.95

Based on the How to Be a Perfect Stranger:
A Guide to Etiquette in Other People's Religious Ceremonies.

The handbook for how to respond in an appropriate way when someone dies—no matter what their faith or denomination.

Few of us are ever prepared for the loss of a relative, friend or colleague. This stressful situation can be made worse if we are unfamiliar with the practices and rituals of the deceased person’s religious tradition.

This complete guide provides all the answers you need to express your condolences and show your respect in the appropriate way regardless of the religious tradition involved, addressing many common concerns, including:

Will there be a ceremony—what will it be like, and how long will it last? What should I wear? What should I avoid doing, wearing, saying? Are flowers appropriate? What is the appropriate behavior if viewing the body?

These are just a few of the basic, very practical questions answered in this unique etiquette guide covering all the major (and many minor) denominations and religions found in North America—from Hindu to Presbyterian, from Mennonite to Sikh—helping you to do the right thing in a difficult situation.

Covers all the major (and many minor) denominations and religions found in North America: African American Methodist Churches Assemblies of God Baha’i Baptist Buddhist Christian and Missionary Alliance Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Christian Congregation Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) Church of the Brethren Church of the Nazarene Churches of Christ Episcopalian and Anglican Evangelical Free Church Greek Orthodox Hindu International Church of theFoursquare Gospel International Pentecostal Holiness Church Islam Jehovah’s Witnesses Jewish Lutheran Mennonite/Amish Methodist Mormon (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) Native American/First Nations Orthodox Churches Pentecostal Church of God Presbyterian Quaker (Religious Society ofFriends) Reformed Church in America/Canada Roman Catholic Seventh-day Adventist Sikh Unitarian Universalist United Church of Canada United Church of Christ Wesleyan

ISBN/SKU: 
9781893361201
Publication Date: 
2000-09-10

Perfect Stranger's Guide to Wedding Ceremonies: A Guide to Etiquette in Other People's Religious Ceremonies

Perfect Stranger's Guide to Wedding Ceremonies: A Guide to Etiquette in Other People's Religious Ceremonies
$16.95

Based on the Award-Winning How to Be a Perfect Stranger: A Guide to Etiquette in Other Peoples's Religious Ceremonies

Wedding day jitters aren’t reserved for brides and grooms!

A wedding is a joyous event—but you can feel awkward while everyone else is enjoying the wedding if you’re unfamiliar with the religious tradition and customs involved. You want to be sure that you know how to behave and what to expect. There’s no need to enter an unfamiliar atmosphere unprepared, wondering:

  • What will happen?
  • What should I wear?
  • How long will it last?
  • Is it okay to take pictures?
  • Will there be a reception?
  • Should I bring a gift?
  • When is it okay to leave?

The Perfect Stranger’s Guide to Wedding Ceremonies helps to answer these questions and many more, telling you everything you need to know to avoid embarrassment, relax, and have a good time.

Covers all the major (and many minor) denominations and religions found in North America: African American Methodist Churches Assemblies of God Baha’i Baptist Buddhist Christian and Missionary Alliance Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Christian Congregation Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) Church of the Brethren Church of the Nazarene Churches of Christ Episcopalian and Anglican Evangelical Free Church *Greek Orthodox Hindu International Church of theFoursquare Gospel International Pentecostal Holiness Church Islam Jehovah’s Witnesses Jewish Lutheran Mennonite/Amish Methodist Mormon (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) Native American/First Nations Orthodox Churches Pentecostal Church of God Presbyterian Quaker (Religious Society ofFriends) Reformed Church in America/Canada Roman Catholic Seventh-day Adventist Sikh Unitarian Universalist United Church of Canada United Church of Christ Wesleyan

ISBN/SKU: 
9781893361195
Publication Date: 
2000-09-10

Reformation Thought: An Introduction

Reformation Thought: An Introduction
$46.95
Reformation Thought, 4th edition offers an ideal introduction to the central ideas of the European reformations for students of theology and history. Written by the bestselling author and renowned theologian, Alister McGrath, this engaging guide is accessible to students with no prior knowledge of Christian theology.
  • This new edition of a classic text has been updated throughout with the very latest scholarship
  • Includes greater coverage of the Catholic reformation, the counter-reformation, and the impact of women on the reformation
  • Explores the core ideas and issues of the reformation in terms that can be easily understood by those new to the field
  • Student-friendly features include images, updated bibliographies, a glossary, and a chronology of political and historical ideas
  • This latest edition retains all the features which made the previous editions so popular with readers, while McGrath's revisions have ensured it remains the essential student guide to the subject.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780470672815
    Publication Date: 
    2012-03-19
    Author: 
    Publisher: 

    Soul of Christianity paperbac

    Soul of Christianity paperbac
    $14.99

    "I have tried to describe a Christianity which is fully compatible with everything we now know, and to indicate why Christians feel privileged to give their lives to it."
    —Huston Smith

    In his most personal and passionate book on the spiritual life, renowned author, scholar, and teacher of world religions Huston Smith turns to his own life-long religion, Christianity. With stories and personal anecdotes, Smith not only presents the basic beliefs and essential teachings of Christianity, but argues why religious belief matters in today's secular world.

    Though there is a wide variety of contemporary interpretations of Christianity—some of them conflicting—Smith cuts through these to describe Christianity's "Great Tradition," the common faith of the first millennium of believers, which is the trunk of the tree from which Christianity's many branches, twigs, and leaves have grown. This is not the exclusivist Christianity of strict fundamentalists, nor the liberal, watered-down Christianity practiced by many contemporary churchgoers. In exposing biblical literalism as unworkable as well as enumerating the mistakes of modern secularists, Smith presents the very soul of a real and substantive faith, one still relevant and worth believing in.

    Smith rails against the hijacked Christianity of politicians who exploit it for their own needs. He decries the exercise of business that widens the gap between rich and poor, and fears education has lost its sense of direction. For Smith, the media has become a business that sensationalizes news rather than broadening our understanding, and art and music have become commercial and shocking rather than enlightening. Smith reserves his harshest condemnation, however, for secular modernity, which has stemmed from the misreading of science—the mistake of assuming that "absence of evidence" of a scientific nature is "evidence of absence." These mistakes have all but banished faith in transcendence and the Divine from mainstream culture and pushed it to the margins.

    Though the situation is grave, these modern misapprehensions can be corrected, says Smith, by reexamining the great tradition of Christianity's first millennium and reaping the lessons it holds for us today. This fresh examination of the Christian worldview, its history, and its major branches provides the deepest, most authentic vision of Christianity—one that is both tolerant and substantial, traditional and relevant.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780060858353

    Story of Christianity, Volume 2: The Reformation to the Present Day (Revised, Updated)

    Story of Christianity, Volume 2: The Reformation to the Present Day (Revised, Updated)
    $27.99
    This highly informative, narrative history covers the events, persons, external influences, and formative ideas of Christian history.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780061855894
    Publication Date: 
    2010-12-07
    Author: 
    Publisher: 

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