Christianity: The Illustrated History: Church and Society, Culture and Civilization, Sacred Art and Architecture

Christianity: The Illustrated History: Church and Society, Culture and Civilization, Sacred Art and Architecture

By: Hans J. Hillerb (editor)Other Formats

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Christianity is the most popular of the world's major religions, with followers in every corner of the globe. Having long ago spread beyond its historic heartlands in Europe and the Near East, Christianity has been embraced by hundreds of millions in the Americas, Africa, Oceania and Asia. The backbone of Western civilization for centuries, this enduring faith has helped to shape the modern world. "Christianity: The Illustrated History" is organized in four parts. Part One traces the development of this great religion, from its origins as a small local sect to its rise as a global power and into the modern era. Part Two gives an overview of Christian beliefs, rituals and festivals within the Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox traditions, each with their distinctive identities. Part Three is a fascinating survey of sacred texts - scrolls, testaments, apocrypha and so on.Part Four examines the issues faced by Christianity's diverse faith communities as they seek to meet the challenges of a new millennium. Beautifully illustrated throughout, the scholarly yet accessible text is enlivened by dozens of boxes and sidebars which emphasize the legacy of Christianity - from philosophical ideas and educational institutions to selfless traditions of charity and caring. Among the finest treasures are the countless works of art and architecture that the faith has inspired.

About Author

Hans J. Hillerbrand (who also wrote the Introduction and "The Story of the Church") is Professor and Chair, Department of Religion, Duke University, North Carolina. He specializes in the Reformation and the history of modern Christianity. He has written or edited some eleven books, including the standard work The Protestant Reformation (1968), and some forty articles. He served as editor-in-chief of the four-volume Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation (1996), which won the Roland H. Bainton Prize for reference works, and The Encyclopedia of Protestantism (2003). In 2000 he became president of the American Society of Church History.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781844836673
  • Format: Other Formats, Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9781844836673
  • weight: 1266
  • ISBN10: 1844836673

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