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Christianity: An Introduction, 3rd Edition

Christianity: An Introduction, 3rd Edition

Alister E. McGrath

ISBN: 978-1-118-46565-3

Jan 2015, Wiley-Blackwell

320 pages

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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

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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