An Introduction to Christianity for a New Millennium

An Introduction to Christianity for a New Millennium

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This book introduces Christianity without presupposing prior knowledge. It gives a brief, but surprisingly comprehensive, summary of the scriptures, history, doctrines, rituals, and types of Christianity. It also deals with contemporary issues: homosexuality, the role of women, the relationship between faith and science. The Christian author explains what he believes and helps readers discover where they disagree. An Introduction to Christianity for a New Millennium should be useful for Christians and more

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  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 147.32 x 223.52 x 15.24mm | 22.68g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0739124676
  • 9780739124673

About Scott Gambrill Sinclair

Scott Sinclair is an Episcopal priest and holds a PhD in biblical studies from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. He has taught at the University of California, Davis and Codrington College, Barbados. Presently, he is an adjunct professor at the Dominican University of California. He has written a series of books on the New Testament, including Revelation_A Book for the Rest of Us, A Study Guide to Mark's Gospel, A Study Guide to Paul's Letter to the Romans, and The Past from God's Perspective: A Commentary on John's Gospel. These books combine faith and critical scholarship and make the ancient biblical message relevant to the modern more

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To me the overwhelming, indeed stunning, achievement of this work is the way it consistently makes Christian faith and practice in context over time simple without being simplistic, shallow, or conventional. Often contending ideas, which in their day generated emotional heat and volumes of literature, are all given their due, respectually but succinctly and non-technically. One who knows the territory can appreciate the achievement and still learn something. The 'beginner' for whom the work is intended can read and learn much without needing back up texts, glossaries, or other supplemental material. It's all there in an amazingly accessible way. -- Roderick B. Dugliss, dean of the School for Deacons Scott Sinclair's An Introduction to Christianity for a New Millennium is a fair-minded, gracious, and most readable work, written from the perspective of a 'moderately liberal' Episcopalian. Sinclair offers a clearly articulated and noble attempt to make faith credible in an age of skepticism and consumerism. Individuals of diverse perspectives and backgrounds have much to learn from the book's lucid and thoughtful engagement with Christ and culture. -- James R. Peters, University of the South This is an admirably concise analysis of Christian beliefs from the mind of a fine biblical scholar and the heart of a committed Christian. Sinclair fuses the eye of history with the eye of faith to produce a richly informative and edifying account of the legacy of the great Nazarene. -- Philip Novak, Dominican University of Californiashow more

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Creation in Genesis 1-2 and Subsequent Christian Thought Chapter 2: The Fall, Noah, and the Understanding of "Sin" in the Christian Tradition Chapter 3: The Patriarchs and the Nature of Faith in the Christian Tradition Chapter 4: The Exodus and the Understanding of God in the Christian Tradition Chapter 5: A Sketch of the History of Israel under the Judges and Kings; God as Visible in History Chapter 6: Biblical Prophecy Chapter 7: Biblical Wisdom, Especially, the Book of Job and the Problem of Whether God is Just Chapter 8: A Sketch of the History of Israel from the Exile Until the Time of Jesus; Life After Death in the Christian Tradition Chapter 9: A Sketch of Jesus's Life and Personality Chapter 10: The Birth of Jesus and the Doctrine of the Incarnation Chapter 11: The Baptism of Jesus and Baptism in Subsequent Church History Chapter 12: The Teaching of Jesus Chapter 13: The Miracles of Jesus and Their Significance Chapter 14: The Eucharist in the Life of Jesus and Subsequently Chapter 15: The Death of Jesus and the Doctrine of the Atonement Chapter 16: The Historical Problem of Whether Jesus Rose from the Dead Chapter 17: The Significance of the Resurrection for the Early Church Chapter 18: The Early Church and the Taking of the Gospel to the Gentiles Chapter 19: The Problem of Who Was Jesus and How Can We Know; John's Gospel Chapter 20: The Patristic Era Chapter 21: Monasticism Chapter 22: Three Major Types of Christianity Chapter 23: The Challenge of Modernity Chapter 24: Finding the Feminine in the Christian Tradition Chapter 25 Chapter 25: Post-European Christianityshow more