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Overview 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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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.18" Width: 6.4" Height: 0.84" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2005
Publisher Continuum International Publishing Group
ISBN 082641642X ISBN13 9780826416421
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More About Marshall D. Johnson
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.
Marshall D. Johnson currently resides in Minneapolis.
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A Solid and Accessible Survey of Christian Theology Aug 14, 2006
This modest (200 page) book is an excellent starting point for the non-specialist who is interested in how Christian Theology has changed over the last 20 centuries. Marshall's analysis emphasizes the way the doctrines of Christianity began to develop in the the First Century and have continued to change, and he also discusses (less extensively) changes in the practices and structures of Christianity. The "crises" are a useful mechanism for avoiding a "textbook" approach to Church History and Theology, and provide a useful focus for tracing the contexts in which the developments in Christian Theology occurred. Marshall's scholarship is well-grounded both historically and theologically, and his discussions of different theological positions are even-handed. As a teacher of Theology and Scripture in the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida (my students are mostly persons seeking to be ordained deacons), I also teach in my own parish and plan to use this book this year for an Adult Education Course. Each session we will read and discuss one chapter/crisis. I am excited about using this excellent book as a basis for understanding and discussion. Thomas G. O'Brien III, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
There Will Never Be Unity Among Themselves. Aug 29, 2005
Christianity is meaningful because of its impact on historical existence as such. It reveals the purpose of human existence at a crucial stage of humanity's cultural evolution. Theology has the import function of presenting Christian belief in a credible and intelligible form to the broader society.
Many churches today are failing this important issue. It's not a crisis. It is the crisis in today's secular world. Church is a money-making scheme, the bigger the better. I have visited one such church four times now and enjoyed the "show" they put on, better than any Lawrence Welk or Billy Graham program wrapped into one. The old preacher, Sager, got too emotional with his screeching, arguing, yelling and his actor's hand gestures as he used Paul as a source for "bad behavior." I haven't seen such a show (usually it is fun to watch, but not this time) since I was a young girl here and 'visited' a Church of God Holiness congregation just two doors down from where I lived. Those folks scared me. Sager did not scare me, he made me mad! I told him after his first sermon that he 'hit below the belt' so to speak with his condemnation of the Methodists. Less than a month ago, he told me 'they' love the Methodists there. I had already been told otherwise, that we are too liberal. This time he showed his hypocrisy and bigotry. There were no blacks in this church of rich people. Always before, it has been a grand performance of the highest caliber, but his repetitive put-downs of other denominations was going too far. I don't know whether he toned down the second sermon, but I doubt it -- as he had already told me to go back to the Methodists! That was quite a shock, as I had been considering going back to my roots of the Baptist profession. I profess now that I will not be a 'slave' to anyone or any deity. This man worships money and the fine homes and trips he has as the perks of being senior pastor. He is a false prophet.
Of the twelve crises Marshall Johnson expounds upon, I think the most important is 'The Crisis of Competing Truth-Claims.' The aforementioned preacher who walked around (did not stay even close to the pulpit, but that was just for show) pretending to involve the audience (you couldn't call it a congregation) is a charlatan of the worst order. The problem is that there are many such 'Billy Sundays' out there disrupting the American people to be 'slaves' to them and their bigoted opinions.