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.
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.
Could slaves become Christian? If so, did their conversion lead to freedom? If not, then how could perpetual enslavement be justified? Christian Slavery shows how debates about slavery transformed the practice of Protestantism and the language of race in the early modern Atlantic world.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A book that reviews the principles of modern Black Theology, its roots and contributions to the Christian world. It also discusses what challenges Black theologians face in their minister and their religious communities.
Few figures who were active in the English Romantic Movement are as fascinating as Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834). Offering a major contribution both to religious history and the history of ideas, this title charts the particular liberal tradition in British religious thought which stems directly from Coleridge.
Jean-Louis Quantin shows how the appeal to Christian antiquity played a key role in the construction of a new confessional identity, 'Anglicanism', maintaining that theologians of the Church of England came to consider that their Church occupied a unique position, because it alone was faithful to the beliefs and practices of the Church Fathers.
Traces the story of how Christians came to proclaim Jesus of Nazareth as both 'truly divine' and 'truly human'. This title examines the controversies that led up to the first seven ecumenical councils, the councils themselves, the decisions they made, the key theologians involved and the cities in which the councils were held.