"There are many fascinating aspects to world Christianity. This broad historical introduction to some of the most important events in the church's two-thousand year history provides a splendid introduction to the forces that shaped the world-wide movement of Christianity to this day. The author combines down-to-earth questions introducing some of the most important historical issues in Christianity with easy-to-read descriptions of the various political, theological, and social movements that have made Christianity into a global phenomenon. Especially for people new to the study of church history, this book provides a lively place to begin their investigation."
Twenty Questions That Shaped World Christian History
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The questions of Christianity are perennial. For example: How are Judaism and Christianity related? Are Jesus and the Holy Spirit God? Is the end of the world imminent? How should we relate faith and reason? In this innovative work, Derek Cooper tells the story of Christian history by presenting the twenty questions (one for each century!) that shaped the Christian church throughout the world.
The result is a book that narrates the exciting history of Christianity from a global perspective by means of simple questions and concerns that still face the church today.
Each century of world Christian history is explored by means of one question that attempts to encapsulate the central themes and concerns of that century for Christianity. Coverage of each century is sensitive to world regions and theological and cultural concerns that are often overlooked and neglected in books that are oriented in a more Western way.
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This guide is designed to be simple and straightforward. There are three parts to each chapter:
- A general introduction or outline to the chapter with highlights and helpful supplements to the content discussed
- "Questions to Contemplate." —open-ended questions that will allow you to process what you are reading
- "Questions to Ascertain." —after getting intellectually "warmed up" with the open-ended "Questions to Contemplate," these questions are knowledge based. They may require reading an excerpt, viewing something online, or consulting an encyclopedia. These types of questions are designed to unpack the historical or theological context of each chapter