Linked to a six-part Channel 4 television series, this is an exploration of the inner workings of the Salvation Army as it tries to adapt to changing times through corporate restructuring without compromising its ideals. The book also examines the organization's history.
Did Martin Luther really post his 95 Theses to the Wittenberg Castle Church door in October 1517? Probably not, says Reformation historian Peter Marshall. But though the event might be mythic, it became one of the great defining episodes in Western history, a symbol of religious freedom of conscience which still shapes our world 500 years later.
A scholarly edition of a set of manuscripts which reveal the political and ecclesiastical views of the Puritans in the period between their official suppression by the crown in 1592 and their sudden resurgence around the time of the English Civil Wars.
A source book for students of the patristic period and a companion volume to "Creeds, Councils and Controversies" and "Doctrine and Practice in the Early Church". This updated edition incorporates vital documents that were not available when the original collection was compiled.
Frames colonial theology in the Caribbean as a form of witchcraft practice that bewitched Africans and later black colonial subjects, and discusses the continued impact of this bewitchment, namely in politics and anti-intellectualism in contemporary Black Pentecostal Church life, especially in the UK.
In this fully expanded and updated new edition, leading theologian Alister E. McGrath brings together key theological readings to provide a concise and balanced introduction to the Christian faith. Readings come from a broad theological spectrum and include both historical and contemporary, mainstream and cutting-edge approaches.
Faith and Sword gives a concise history of what has arguably been the longest conflict in human history - a conflict that continues, in a new form, to this day. The overtly religious Christian-Muslim struggle lasted for nearly thirteen centuries, and for most of that period the Muslims were in the ascendant.
Throughout the three hundred years that followed the Act of Supremacy - which, by making Henry VIII head of the Church, confirmed in law the breach with Rome - English Catholics were prosecuted, persecuted and penalised for the public expression of their faith. This book tells the story of the Catholics in Britain.
Presents an account of the relations between Islam and Christianity from Muhammad to the Reformation. This book argues that though there were trading and cultural interactions between Islam and Christianity during the period when Arabs controlled most of the Mediterranean world, neither side was remotely interested in the religion of the other.
Examines the role of the early Tudor Church and the impact it had in society. Amongst the areas covered are: the Higher Clergy; the Church and the Lay Power; the Lesser Clergy; the Regular Clergy; Canon Law and the people; the community of the parish; worship and preaching; and beliefs and values.
"One of the most readable and inspiring surveys of the development of the theology of the early Church is to be found in the introduction on faith, theology, and creeds in this volume.....Dr. Hardy here clearly interprests the scope of the vast, yet delicate, problem faced by the Fathers in the period of the Ecumenical Councils.
Drawing on examples from surviving medieval churches in England, the author gives a voice to the secret graffiti artists from the lord of the manor and the parish priest to the people who built the church itself.
Christianity, one of the world's great religions, has had an incalculable impact on human history. This book describes the main ideas and personalities of Christian history, its organisation and spirituality, how it has changed politics, sex, and human society. It presents the global history of Christianity.
Bernard looks at the structure of the church, the nature of royal control over it, the clergy and bishops, the intense devotion and deep-rooted practices of the laity, anti-clerical sentiment, and the prevalence of heresy.
The history of the Roman Catholic Church is the gateway to understanding 2,000 years of Western and at times world civilization. This title begins with how Roman Catholics understand their faith, before telling the story of the multifarious ways in which their Church has shaped the lives and beliefs of Christian and non-Christians alike.
This handbook accesses historical, theological, rhetorical, literary, and linguistic studies to demonstrate the interdisciplinary strength of the field of sermon studies and to show the centrality of sermons to private and public life in this 'golden age' of the British sermon.
In this highly readable volume, Robert Bruce Mullin surveys the rise and spread of Christianity throughout the world. Global in focus and covering the expanse of Christian history, the book unveils the challenges that Christianity has faced throughout the centuries.
This text explores the relationship between prayer and poetry in the century following the Protestant Reformation. The author challenges the conventional and largely misleading distinctions between the ritualized worlds of Catholicism and the more individualistic focus of Protestantism.
This is a study of the theology of William Perkins (1558-1602), a prominent Cambridge scholar and teacher during the reign of Elizabeth I. Though often described as a Puritan, W. B. Patterson argues that Perkins was in fact a prominent and effective apologist for the established church.