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An Introduction to Christianity (Introduction to Religion) [Paperback]

By Linda Woodhead (Author)
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An Introduction to Christianity examines the key figures, events and ideas of two thousand years of Christian history and places them in context. It considers the religion in its material as well as its spiritual dimensions and explores its interactions with wider society such as money, politics, force, gender and the family, and non-Christian cultures and societies. This Introduction places particular focus on the ways in which Christianity has understood, embodied and related to power. It shows how the Church's longstanding love affair with 'higher power', both human and divine, has been repeatedly challenged by alternative ideas of of 'power from below', both sacred and secular. Finally, by bringing the history of Christianity right up-to-date, this book explores the ways in which churches of both North and South react to the rise of modern democracy. Comprehensive and accessible, this book will appeal to the student and general reader.

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Studio: Cambridge University Press
Pages   439
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 8.34" Height: 1.07"
Weight:   1.56 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 28, 2014
Publisher   Cambridge University Press
Edition  New  
ISBN  052178655X  
ISBN13  9780521786553  

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More About Linda Woodhead

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Linda Woodhead is Lecturer in Christian Studies at Lancaster University. Until recently she was Editor of Studies in Christian Ethics, and she is currently Review Editor of Modern Believing and a co-editor of Cultural Values (Blackwell Publishers).

Paul Heelas is Professor of Religion and Modernity at Lancaster University. He is the author of The New Age Movement (Blackwell Publishers, 1996) and editor of Religion, Modernity and Postmodernity (Blackwell Publishers, 1998).

Linda Woodhead has an academic affiliation as follows - Professor of Sociology of Religion, Lancaster University, UK Lancaster.

Linda Woodhead has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Introduction to Religion

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1Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Church History > General
2Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Church History
3Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Theology > General
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Christianity and Power  Mar 7, 2005
Christianity `has never been one thing' (406) and therefore, a book about Christianity has to be both about its many facets, and about its success and failure (1). The introduction provides the thesis of the book: `It focuses on the changing relations between Christianity and society and looks, in particular, at the ways in which Christianity has related to power' (1). Woodhead's book is a study of religion in its social locatedness; a study of Christianity's `force relations' (Foucault). Christian faith, whatever else it might be, is a form of power; it is a form of religious, social, ideological, cultural, pastoral, and personal power.
The author adds a further clarification to her thesis-statement, `Above all, the book considers Christian history in terms of two competing models of power-power from on high and power from below-and the consequences of the church's tendency to favour the former over the latter' (1).
There seems to be two parallel themes next to Woodhead's main thesis. The first is Woodhead's analysis of voluntarist/non-voluntarist forms of Christianity. The studied opposites are `from on high/non-voluntarist/male' and `from below/voluntarist/female.' The second parallel theme is the gradual subjectivization of the Christian religion. This topic shows up in the second part of the book, which studies the modern period of the church history.
In Woodhead's own words, her book provides `a thematisation of history' rather than a mere `compendium of facts' (3-4). Precisely because her book is a `thematisation of history,' one wonders whether the comprehensive title An Introduction to Christianity is completely justified.
Secularist reading material from an academic secularist  Feb 10, 2005
Chapter 1, titled "How Christianity came to Power". First 60 pages, the number of (bracketed) references to quotes from the Bible in those first 60 pages: 2

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