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The Evolution of Christianity: Twelve Crises that Shaped the Church / Edition 1

The Evolution of Christianity: Twelve Crises that Shaped the Church / Edition 1

by Marshall D. JohnsonMarshall D. Johnson


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Johnson takes a unique approach to church history. He examines twelve crises that motivated the evolution of Christianity. In his survey of Church history, he chronicles the story from the first century and the "birth and adolescence" of Christianity to postmodernism, a feat which no other introduction can claim. His chapters examine the basic conflicts that gave permanent shape to Christian theology, and, to a lesser degree, church institutions.

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ISBN-13: 9780826416421
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 05/05/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 867,607
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

Marshall D. Johnson is the former Director of Fortress Press (1990-1997). His recent book Making Sense of the Bible: Literary Type as an Approach to Understanding (Eerdmans, 2002) was selected as one of Choice’s “Outstanding Academic Books” for 2002.

Table of Contents

1.From Jesus to the "Apostolic Fathers": The Crisis of Birth and Adolescence2.From Variety to Orthodoxy and Heresy: The Crisis of Self-Definition3.From Persecution and Calumny to State Religion: The Crisis of the State4.The Trinitarian and Christological Controversies: The Crisis of Monotheism5.Augustine and the Pelagian Controversy: The Crisis of Salvation6.Oligarchy and Monarchy, East and West: The Crisis of Authority7.The "Crusades": The Crisis of Islam8.Scholastics, Friars, Heretics, and Mystics: Crises of Spirituality9.The Reformation: The Crisis of Salvation Once Again10.Orthodoxism, Pietism, and Rationalism: The Crisis of Modernity11.Copernicus, Darwin, and Freud: The Crisis of Relativity12.Christian Faith Today: The Crisis of Postmodernism

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