The Christianity Reader

The Christianity Reader

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Christianity is the worlda€™s most populous religion, with some two billion adherents. As a world religion, Christianity has flourished because it is capable of taking on new forms in new contexts. To understand both the religiona€™s history and its present state, Mary Gerhart and Fabian Udoh gather original textsa€”from early Christian writings to contemporary documents on church-related issuesa€”in The Christianity Reader. The most comprehensive anthology of Christian texts ever in English, this is a landmark sourcebook for the study of Christianitya€™s historical diversity. With newly edited, annotated, and translated primary texts, along with supplemental analytical essays, the volume allows Christianity, at long last, to speak in its many voices. Focusing on Christianity as a religion, Gerhart and Udoh select texts that illuminate issues such as theology, mysticism, and ritual, while also articulating the stories of previously marginalized groups, as well as those in new and growing epicenters of the religion. With nearly three hundred selections, the texts encompass the entire history of Christian writings excluding the New Testament, from Justin Martyr and Tertullian to Fabien Eboussi Boulaga and Teresa of Calcutta. Eight thematic sections cover biblical traditions and interpretations; early influences; nascent forms; patterns of worship; structures of community; philosophy, theology, and mysticism; twentieth-century issues and challenges; and the contemporary relationship between Christianity and other world religions. The Readera€™s contents are arranged chronologically and are supported with introductions and source notes that explain the rationale for their inclusion and their context. Providing a far richer selection than ever before available in a single volume, The Christianity Reader will be welcomed as both a classroom resource and a work of reference for decades to come.... sometimes they are collected in a book by a pastor, but typically they are ephemeral, something like popular songs. The tunes are sometimes Yoruba, but more often have an evangelical European flavour, even when locally ... It is from this praying that Christ Apostolic members are sometimes disparagingly referred to by outsiders as e.le.kun, a€œweepers and wailers. ... He notes the churcha#39;s name Ijo.

Title:The Christianity Reader
Author: Mary Gerhart, Fabian Udoh
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 2007-09-01

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