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Christianity: An Introduction, 3rd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-46562-2
320 pages
February 2015, Wiley-Blackwell
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Now available in a fully-revised and updated new edition, this popular textbook by one of the world s leading theologians offers a lively, jargon-free introduction to Christianity.

  • Features a wealth of new material on global Christianity, American Christianity, the Orthodox Church, current theological debates, and Christianity in relation to other world religions
  • Includes enhanced and expanded student-friendly features, including numerous illustrations, suggestions for further reading, a glossary of Christian terms, and brief readings from primary Christian sources
  • Written in an accessible and engaging style that assumes no prior knowledge of Christian beliefs or practices, making it an invaluable resource for beginners to the subject as well as those looking for a refresher
  • Incorporates coverage of Catholicism, Orthodoxy, Protestantism, Evangelicalism, and Pentecostalism

A glossary, related websites, and other resources from Dr. McGrath are available online at www.alistermcgrathwiley.com

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Table of Contents

Preface xii

List of Illustrations and Maps xiii

Introduction 1

1 Jesus of Nazareth and the Origins of Christianity 3

2 The Christian Bible 28

3 Christian Creeds and Beliefs 54

4 Christian History: An Overview 121

5 Denominations: Contemporary Forms of Christianity 199

6 The Life of Faith: Christianity as a Living Reality 220

7 Christianity and the Shaping of Culture 251

Conclusion: Where Next? 278

Further Reading 280

Sources of Quotations 284

Index 291

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Author Information

Alister E. McGrath is Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at the University of Oxford. One of the world’s leading theologians, he has written numerous critically acclaimed books, including Why God Won’t Go Away: Engaging the New Atheism (2011), Darwinism and the Divine: Evolutionary Thought and Natural Theology (Wiley, 2011), and The Intellectual World of C. S. Lewis (Wiley, 2013). He is also the author of some of the most widely used theology textbooks, including the bestselling Christian Theology: An Introduction now in its fifth edition (Wiley, 2010), Historical Theology: An Introduction 2nd edition (Wiley, 2012), and Theology: The Basics 3rd edition (Wiley, 2011).
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Praise for the Previous Edition

Meticulous and memorable, Christianity: An Introduction (second edition) takes us on a breathtaking journey, and readers of all kinds will enjoy the ride.Darren J. N. Middleton, Texas Christian University

 The finest text of its kind available. It is encyclopaedic in scope, reliable and quite accessible to the non-specialist. In this second edition, an already solid resource is made even more valuable.” David L. Johns, Earlham School of Religion

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