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The Oxford Illustrated History of Christianity
Edited by John McManners
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This richly illustrated book tells the story of Christianity from its origins to the present day. Written by a team of scholars, all authorities in their fields, it spans 2000 years of colourful incident to give a uniquely authoritative history of Christianity for the general reader. Every aspect of the faith is explored.
The introduction discusses Christian interpretations of the historical process and the relations between religious and artistic inspiration.
The first section runs chronologically from the earliest Christian communities to 1800. There are chapters on Western Europe in the Middle Ages, and on Eastern Christendom, Christianity and Islam, the Reformation, the Enlightenment, and the expansion of Christianity.
The second section is divided by geographical area, and covers the period from 1800 to the present day. There are special studies of Britain and Europe, North America, South America, Africa, India and the Far East, and the Orthodox Churches of Eastern Europe.
The final section, Christianity Today and Tomorrow, considers questions of Christian conscience and belief and explores new images of the Christian community, ending with a glimpse of the future of Christianity. Throughout, the book reflects the changing world in which Christians have found themselves, and gives full weight to events and movements where the Christian response has been challenged and re-evaluated.
There are over 350 illustrations, and 32 full-colour plates, all specifically chosen to complement the broadranging text. The book also includes ten maps, a chronology, annotated guides to further reading, and a full index. Authoritative, comprehensive and highly readable, this book captures the richness and vitality of Christian art and thought in a wide variety of cultures and times.
In 19 chapters by as many scholars, this latest volume in the "Oxford Illustrated History" series traces the development of Christianity from its turbulent beginning to the present ferment in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe. The last four chapters assess the current state of Christianity and its direction as it faces the challenges of the 21st century. A major emphasis of all the writers is the interaction between church and society. They do not present an isolated view of Christianity's development but show how it has grown in relation and in reaction to changes in its world and how it has helped shape that world. The wealth of illustrations--averaging one every other page--and the readable (though by no means elementary) style should give this volume wide appeal. Highly recommended for public and academic collections.
Craig W. Beard, Harding Univ. Lib., Searcy, Ark. Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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