This book introduces Christianity without presupposing prior knowledge. It gives a brief, but surprisingly comprehensive, summary of the scriptures, history, doctrines, rituals, and types of Christianity. It also deals with contemporary issues: homosexuality, the role of women, the relationship between faith and science. The Christian author explains what he believes and helps readers discover where they disagree. An Introduction to Christianity for a New Millennium should be useful for Christians and non-Christians.
Scott Sinclair is an Episcopal priest and holds a PhD in biblical studies from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. He has taught at the University of California, Davis and Codrington College, Barbados. Presently, he is an adjunct professor at the Dominican University of California. He has written a series of books on the New Testament, including Revelation A Book for the Rest of Us, A Study Guide to Mark's Gospel, A Study Guide to Paul's Letter to the Romans, and The Past from God's Perspective: A Commentary on John's Gospel. These books combine faith and critical scholarship and make the ancient biblical message relevant to the modern world.
Chapter 1: Creation in Genesis 1-2 and Subsequent Christian Thought Chapter 2: The Fall, Noah, and the Understanding of "Sin" in the Christian Tradition Chapter 3: The Patriarchs and the Nature of Faith in the Christian Tradition Chapter 4: The Exodus and the Understanding of God in the Christian Tradition Chapter 5: A Sketch of the History of Israel under the Judges and Kings; God as Visible in History Chapter 6: Biblical Prophecy Chapter 7: Biblical Wisdom, Especially, the Book of Job and the Problem of Whether God is Just Chapter 8: A Sketch of the History of Israel from the Exile Until the Time of Jesus; Life After Death in the Christian Tradition Chapter 9: A Sketch of Jesus's Life and Personality Chapter 10: The Birth of Jesus and the Doctrine of the Incarnation Chapter 11: The Baptism of Jesus and Baptism in Subsequent Church History Chapter 12: The Teaching of Jesus Chapter 13: The Miracles of Jesus and Their Significance Chapter 14: The Eucharist in the Life of Jesus and Subsequently Chapter 15: The Death of Jesus and the Doctrine of the Atonement Chapter 16: The Historical Problem of Whether Jesus Rose from the Dead Chapter 17: The Significance of the Resurrection for the Early Church Chapter 18: The Early Church and the Taking of the Gospel to the Gentiles Chapter 19: The Problem of Who Was Jesus and How Can We Know; John's Gospel Chapter 20: The Patristic Era Chapter 21: Monasticism Chapter 22: Three Major Types of Christianity Chapter 23: The Challenge of Modernity Chapter 24: Finding the Feminine in the Christian Tradition Chapter 25 Chapter 25: Post-European Christianity