Voices of Christianity
Voices of Christianity

Voices of Christianity

A Global Introduction


580 Pages, 7 x 10

Formats: Paperback, Mobipocket, ebook: EPUB

Paperback, $74.95 (US $74.95) (CA $100.95)

Publication Date: August 2018

ISBN 9780824599430


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Voices of Christianity invites readers to explore the key documents that shaped the history of Christianity over the course of 2,000 years. Using liturgy, poetry, sermons, and more, the book introduces readers to key concepts, figures, and developments in this major world religion. The story of Christianity unfolds in analyses and readings that reveal the struggles, events, and achievements that contributed to its beliefs and practices. Reflection questions and genre discussions help readers navigate the thought-worlds of Christians, past and present. Thoughtful explanations provide the historical and theological contexts of the documents and highlight the issues that were at stake in religious debates and conflicts. Voices of Christianity includes chapters that describe the Jewish roots of Jesus and Paul, present the theological decisions made by early Christians, and consider the various ways of being "religious" in the Middle Ages. Later chapters investigate the varieties of responses to the Reformations of the Sixteenth Century and address Christian reactions to the challenges of Enlightenment Rationalism. The last two chapters look closely at world Christianity in its global setting, focusing on missions, inculturation, ecumenism, and pluralism. Close attention is paid to Orthodox Christianity, along with Catholic and Protestant Christianity, while discussions of contemporary issues and movements—from Pentecostalism to the Emerging Church—make this a comprehensive and comprehensible text. More than a textbook and more than an anthology, Voices of Christianity combines the power of both pedagogical approaches to offer a coherent way to understand the vibrant history of the Christian religion. Content revised with new original source material; new timelines; older entries replaced by newer ones; new Introduction to revised edition.

Author Biography

Rebecca Moore is Professor Emerita of Religious Studies at San Diego State University. She has a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Marquette University. Dr. Moore has written and published on medieval Christian theologians and their debt to Jewish biblical commentary. She co-authored the book A Portable God: The Origin of Judaism and Christianity (Rowman and Littlefield 2007) with SDSU colleague Risa Levitt Kohn. This work examines how first-century Jewish groups interpreted Israelite religion in a new historical context. Her analysis of the role women have played in the development of Christianity, Women in Christian Traditions (New York University Press 2015), is a popular textbook. She is past president of the Society for the Study of the Bible in the Middle Ages and of the American Academy of Religion (AAR)—Western Region, and has served on national program steering committees for the AAR and the Society for Biblical Literature.