At a time when Christianity is flourishing in the Southern hemisphere but declining in much of the West, thisVery Short Introduction
offers an important new overview of the world's largest religion.
Exploring the cultural and institutional dimensions of Christianity, and tracing
its course over two millennia, this book provides a fresh, lively, and candid portrait of its past and present. Addressing topics that other studies neglect, including the competition for power between different forms of Christianity, the churches' uses of power, and their struggles with modernity,
Linda Woodhead concludes by showing the ways in which those who previously had the least power in Christianity--women and non-Europeans--have become increasingly central to its unfolding story.
1. Jesus the God-man
2. The signs and symbols of Christianity
3. Church Christianity
4. Monastic and mystical Christianity
5. Modern Christianity
6. Christianity beyond the West
7. A woman's religion?
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Linda Woodhead is Senior Lecturer in Christian Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at Lancaster University. Recent books that she has edited include: Religions in the Modern World (Routledge, 2001), Religion in Modern Times (with Paul Heelas) (Blackwell Publishers, 2000) and Diana:
The Making of a Media Saint (I. B. Tauris, 1999). She is currently completing an Introduction to Christianity for Cambridge University Press.