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Christianity: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

Linda Woodhead

September 2014

ISBN: 9780199687749

144 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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In this Very Short Introduction Linda Woodhead explores the cultural and institutional dimensions of Christianity and its course over two millennia, including its geographical spread and struggles with modernity. This new edition is a candid portrait of Christianity's past and present, and its importance in the twenty-first century.

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In this Very Short Introduction Linda Woodhead explores the cultural and institutional dimensions of Christianity and its course over two millennia, including its geographical spread and struggles with modernity. This new edition is a candid portrait of Christianity's past and present, and its importance in the twenty-first century.

  • A short and accessible guide to the world's largest religion
  • Considers the rise and growth of Christianity throughout history
  • Outlines the main principles and beliefs of Christian thought
  • Demonstrates the diversity of Christian faith and practice in the modern world
  • Explores their struggle with modernity and gender
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over six million copies worldwide

New to this edition

  • Explores the continued expansion of Christianity throughout some parts of the world
  • Looks at how and why Christianity has declined in the West
  • Updated to reflect the changing nature and challenges Christianity faces in an increasingly globalized world
  • Includes an updated further reading section

About the Author(s)

Linda Woodhead, Professor of Sociology of Religion at Lancaster University

Linda Woodhead is Professor of Sociology of Religion at Lancaster University, UK. Her research interests lie in the entanglements of religion, politics, and economy, both historically and in the contemporary world. Between 2007 and 2013 she directed the Religion and Society Programme http://www.religionandsociety.org.uk, the UK's largest ever research investment on religion. Her books include Religion and Change in Modern Britain, A Sociology of Religious Emotions, and The Spiritual Revolution: Why Religion is Giving Way to Spirituality.

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1:Jesus: the God-man
    2:Christian signs and symbols
    3:The spread of Christianity
    4:Church and biblical Christianity
    5:Mystical Christianity
    6:Modern Christianity
    Conclusion
    Further reading
    Index

Reviews

"Linda Woodhead has chosen to revise her 2004 book in the Oxford 'Very Short Introduction' series and this is well worth a read." - Adrian Alker, Modern Believing

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