Christianity: A Very Short Introduction

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OUP Oxford, Nov 25, 2004 - Religion - 168 pages
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At a time when Christianity is flourishing in the Southern hemisphere but declining in much of the West, thisVery Short Introduction offers an important new overview of the world's largest religion. Exploring the cultural and institutional dimensions of Christianity, and tracing its course over two millennia, this book provides a fresh, lively, and candid portrait of its past and present. Addressing topics that other studies neglect, including the competition for power between different forms of Christianity, the churches' uses of power, and their struggles with modernity, Linda Woodhead concludes by showing the ways in which those who previously had the least power in Christianity—women and non-Europeans—have become increasingly central to its unfolding story. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Just what it claims to be: a very short introduction. - Goodreads
This is an ok introduction. - Goodreads
A broad overview of 2000 years of Christianity. - Goodreads

Review: Christianity: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

User Review  - Emily - Goodreads

This is an ok introduction. I won't be using it in any of my classes becuase it's just too brief, and she uses categories that I'm not familiar with in other literature like "Church" Christianity and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Wade - Goodreads

This is a nice potted history of how the Christian Church has come about in the last two thousand years. I like how Woodhead explores this without any particular agenda, which is a refreshing take. It ... Read full review

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Linda Woodhead is Senior Lecturer in Christian Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at Lancaster University.

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