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The books listed here are available in the Barbour Library print collection. Click on the title link if you would like to see more information in the library catalog, and click on the image to see the book on Amazon.
The Blackwell Companion to Protestantism by This Companion brings together new contributions from internationally renowned scholars in order to examine the past, present and future of Protestantism. Co-edited by leading Protestant theologians Alister E. McGrath and Darren C. Marks, with contributions from internationally renowned scholars. Opens with an investigation into the formation of Protestant identity across Europe, North America, Asia, Australasia and Africa. Includes coverage of leading Protestant thinkers, such as Luther, Calvin, Schleiermacher and Barth. Considers the interaction of Protestantism with different areas of modern life, including the arts, politics, the law and science. Debates the future of Protestantism in both Western and non-Western settings.
Call Number: Stacks BX4811.3 .B57 2004
Publication Date: 2003
Christian Theology by Leading evangelical scholar Millard Erickson offers a new edition of his bestselling textbook, now substantially updated and revised throughout. This edition takes into account feedback from professors and students and reflects current theological conversations, with added material on the atonement, justification, and divine foreknowledge. Erickson's comprehensive introduction is biblical, contemporary, moderate, and fair to various positions, and it applies doctrine to Christian life and ministry.
Call Number: Stacks BT75.3 .E725 2013
Publication Date: 2013
Christian Thought: A Historical Introduction by The story of Christian thought is essential to understanding Christian faith today and the last two millennia of world history. This fresh and lively introduction explores the central ideas, persons, events, and movements that gave rise to Christian thought, from early beginnings to its present forms. By highlighting the important but often neglected role of women and the influence of non-Christian ideas and movements, this book provides a broader context for understanding the history of Christian ideas and their role in shaping our world. This work chronicles the impressive developments of Christian thinking which arose from these contexts and have transcended the ages. Christian Thought: provides an overview of the context of Christianity's origin, including discussion of the influence of Hebrews, Greeks, and Romans in the ancient world and the founding figures of Jesus and Paul explores the major events and figures of the history of Christian thought, while drawing attention to significant voices which have often been suppressed analyses the impact on Christian thought of widely discussed events such as The Great Schism, the Scientific Revolution, and Modernism surveys contemporary trends such as fundamentalism, feminism, and postmodernism. Complete with illustrations, timelines and maps, this is an ideal resource for anyone wanting to learn more about the development of Christian thought and its influence over the centuries.
Call Number: Stacks BR145.3 .M45 2010
Publication Date: 2010
Faith Seeking Understanding: An Introduction to Christian Theology by A superb, standard Christian theology text for nearly a quarter century, Daniel Migliore's Faith Seeking Understanding explores all of the major Christian doctrines in freshly contemporary ways. This third edition offers new FOR FURTHER READING suggestions at the end of each chapter, a substantial expansion of the glossary, and new material incorporated throughout, including a section on Christians and Muslims. Further, the three imaginary theological dialogues culminating the book -- pointedly playful exchanges that have delighted countless readers -- are here joined by a fourth dialogue, between Karl Barth and Friedrich Nietzsche, on atheism. All in all, a new generation of students, pastors, and Christian educators, eager to better understand the rich heritage, central themes, and contemporary challenges of Christian theology, will find both guidance and stimulation in Migliore's updated work.
Call Number: Stacks BT65 .M54 2014
Publication Date: 2014
Four Views on Christian Spirituality by Amid a culture that is both fascinated by spirituality and inundated by a dizzying variety of options for pursuing it, many Christians long for a deeper, more historically rooted spiritual life. In Four Views on Christian Spirituality, general editor Bruce Demarest presents an invaluable resource for study and comparison of the major Christian perspectives on spiritual formation. Contributors' chapters on Eastern Orthodoxy, Roman Catholicism, Evangelicalism, and Liberal Protestantism, collected side-by-side, easily allow for the beliefs and emphases of the viewpoints to be thoughtfully considered--all in pursuit of greater understanding and spiritual growth. The four viewpoints are given equal opportunity in the hands of the following capable scholars, and each proponent's chapter is followed by responses from the other three. * Brad Nassif (Eastern Orthodoxy) * Scott Hahn (Roman Catholicism) * Evan Howard (Evangelicalism) * Joe Driskill (Liberal Protestantism) In the end, an increased familiarity with each of the different schools of Christian thought will aid readers seeking spiritual transformation for themselves, their family members, and their churches.
Call Number: Stacks BV4501.3 .N37 2012
Publication Date: 2012
Histories of American Christianity: An Introduction by To tell the story of America is, in many ways, to tell the story of religion in America. At every point in its history, America was, and still is, religious--and diversely so. To understand how religion shaped America's history is to trace the influence of America's dominant faith tradition, Christianity. But American Christianity, like religion in America, is a wonderfully varied movement. In this comprehensive, eminently readable introduction, Christopher Evans maps the pluralism of American Christianity around its historic center, demonstrating the enduring role of Protestantism despite the wide assortment of distinctly American religious innovation. In Histories of American Christianity , Evans thus narrates the intellectual history, chronicles the story of sectarian divisions, and explores how Christianity became so intertwined with and pervasive in public life. But Evans also shines fresh light on what has been omitted. Through the use of individual stories focusing on the traditionally marginalized--e.g., women, African Americans, and Latino/a descendants--Evans weaves together a tapestry of American-Christian orthodoxy and tradition over the centuries. What results is a readable and teachable volume, grounded in research and packed with critical reflection that chronicles America's rich Christian history.
Call Number: Stacks BR515 .E935 2013
Publication Date: 2013
An Introduction to Catholicism by The Vatican. The Inquisition. Contraception. Celibacy. Apparitions and miracles. Plots and scandals. The Catholic Church is seldom out of the news. But what do its one billion adherents really believe, and how do they put their beliefs into practice in worship, the family, and society? This down-to-earth account goes back to the early Christian creeds to uncover the roots of modern Catholic thinking. It avoids getting bogged down in theological technicalities, and throws light on aspects of the Church's institutional structure and liturgical practice that even Catholics can find baffling: why go to confession? How are people made saints? What is 'infallible' about the Pope? Topics addressed include: • scripture and tradition • sacraments and prayer • popular piety • personal and social morality • reform, mission, and interreligious dialogue Lawrence Cunningham, a theologian, prize-winning writer and university teacher, provides an overview of Catholicism today which will be indispensable for undergraduates and lay study groups.
Call Number: Stacks BX1751.3 .C86 2009
Publication Date: 2009
The Orthodox Church: An Introduction to its History, Doctrine, and Spiritual Culture by This important work offers the most comprehensive and up-to-date account of the Orthodox Church available, providing a detailed account of its historical development, as well as exploring Orthodox theology and culture Written by one of the leading Orthodox historians and theologians in the English-speaking world Offers an in-depth engagement with the issues surrounding Orthodoxy′s relationship to the modern world, including political, cultural and ethical debates Considers the belief tradition, spirituality, liturgical diversity, and Biblical heritage of the Eastern Churches; their endurance of oppressions and totalitarianisms; and their contemporary need to rediscover their voice and confidence in a new world-order Recipient of a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title for 2009 award
Call Number: Stacks BX320.3 .M34 2008
Publication Date: 2008
The Oxford Illustrated History of the Bible by Here is the story of a book--the Bible--a book like no other, which has been in continuous use for nearly 2000 years. In this new Oxford history, a distinguished team of scholars presents an authoritative account of that story, richly illustrated, and based on the latest research. Readers will learn how a collection of writings in Semitic languages and in Greek--writings that we now call the Books of the Bible--developed over a period of about 800 years and how, even before the Bible existed as one volume, its constituent parts were interpreted and subjected to a scrutiny that no other writing has had to endure. The contributors trace the routes by which the canon of Scripture was determined, shedding light on the many controversies over which writings should be regarded as authoritative and which should be considered Apocrypha and hidden from public use. They describe how over centuries the writings were copied, translated, and printed, and how they were interpreted in Judaism and in the churches in the East and West. It concludes with surveys of how the Bible is used today in feminist criticism, and in the movements for theological liberation in Latin America, Africa, and Europe. The volume also features an index and a guide to further reading. Written by an international team of 17 renowned biblical scholars, and handsomely illustrated with over 150 black-and-white illustrations and 24 pages of color plates, The Oxford Illustrated History of the Bible is an essential resource for everyone interested in the origin and interpretation of the Word of God.
Call Number: Stacks BS445 .O94 2001
Publication Date: 2001
Parade of Faith: A Biographical History of the Christian Church by Part storybook, part textbook, part historical overview, Parade of Faith presents the history of Christianity in riveting fashion. Ruth Tucker adopts the metaphor of a parade, journey, or pilgrimage to explore the history of Christianity, which began as the Messiah marched out of the pages of the Old Testament and will end one day when "the saints go marching in" to the New Jerusalem. The book is divided into two chronological groupings: first, the advent of Christianity until the German and Swiss Reformations; second, the Anabaptist movement and Catholic Reformation until the present-day worldwide expansion of the church. Yet, ultimately the topic matter is not movements, dates, or a stream of facts, but instead people--people who still have stories to tell other Christians. And with a little help from clues to their own contexts, they can still speak clearly today. This book is laid out systematically to showcase the biographies of such prominent figures within their historical settings. The pages are peppered with sidebars, historical "what if" questions, explorations of relevant topics for today, personal reflections, illustrations, and lists for further reading. Parade of Faith is an excellent introduction for undergraduate students and interested lay readers.
Call Number: Stacks BR145.3 .T83 2011
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Where Do I Start?
Reference resources can be very helpful when you are starting to research a particular topic. Dictionaries, encyclopedias, and several other types of resources can give you a broad overview of the topic (including major issues, people, movements, etc.), and can often provide useful bibliographies to help you find more focused resources. You will see some reference items below to get you started. Click on the title link to see the library catalog display, and click on the image to see the item in Amazon.
The Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity by The Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity is an authoritative reference guide that enables students, their teachers, and Christian clergy to reflect critically upon all aspects of Christianity from its origins to the present day. Written by a team of 800 scholars and practitioners from around the world, the volume reflects the plurality of Christianity throughout its history. Key features: • Offers a presentation of the Christian beliefs and practices of all major Christian traditions in each continent and each nation • Highlights the different understandings of Christian beliefs and practices in different historical, cultural, religious, denominational, and secular contexts • Includes entries on methodology and the plurality of approaches that are used in the study of Christianity • Combines several approaches - including anthropological, cultural studies, ecumenical, and interfaith - to each Christian tradition • Respects each Christian tradition, through the self-presentation of Christianity in each country or Christian tradition • Includes clusters of entries on beliefs and practices, each presenting the understanding of a given Christian belief or practice in different historical and contemporary contexts • Demonstrates the relationship and interaction of Christianity with other religious traditions in various parts of the world • Provides a full bibliography on all topics covered in the volume
Call Number: Reference BR95 .C24 2010
Publication Date: 2010
The Encyclopedia of Christianity by A major intellectual resource.Jaroslav Pelikan, from the foreword.The multiple award-winning Encyclopedia of Christianity (EC), copublished by Brill and Eerdmans, is a monumental five-volume work presenting the history and current state of the Christian faith in its rich spiritual and theological diversity around the world.Volume 1 (A-D) contains 465 articles featuring - articles on all but the smallest countries of the world, including the former communist nations that have gained independence since 1989; - the latest statistical information from David B. Barrett on the religious affiliation and ecclesiastical breakdown of each country and continent; - articles on doctrines, denominations, and social and ethical issues in relation to the churches; - biographical articles on prominent figures through church history.
Call Number: Reference BR95 .E8913 1999 vs.1-5
Publication Date: 1999
Jesus in History, Thought, and Culture: An Encyclopedia by This unique multidisciplinary study views Jesus as one of the most central figures in history with a wide-ranging impact on society, literature, art, and philosophy. * Over 200 wide-ranging A–Z entries on the religious and secular influence of Jesus * Over 100 contributors, including distinguished international scholars from many religious traditions * 80 photos, including key works of devotional art from 2,000 years of religious painting and sculpture * Numerous bibliographic references covering a wide variety of writing about Jesus
Call Number: Reference BR145.3 .J47 2003 vs.1-2
Publication Date: 2003
Key Words in Christianity by Daily political events and the steady inevitability of globalism require that informed students and citizens learn something about religious traditions foreign to their own. Designed for both classroom and general use, these handy Key Words guidebooks are essential resources for those who want clear and concise explanations of common terms and unfamiliar concepts of major world religions. Each pocket-sized volume contains definitions for over 400 terms from religious principles and significant periods to noteworthy figures. A quick sampling of terms from this volume: AscensionBeatificationCatechismEvangelicalHumanae vitaeLast SupperMartyrRepentanceSermon on the Mount Sample Definitions: Catechism The manual of Christian doctrine in a questions and answer format generally associated with teaching those preparing for Confirmation (see Confirmation). Sermon on the Mount The famous discourse of Jesus described in Chapter 5 of Matthew's gospel which provides the basis of Christian ethics (see Beatitudes, Lord's Prayer).
Call Number: Reference BR95 .G43 2006
Publication Date: 2006
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church by Uniquely authoritative and wide-ranging in its scope, The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church is the indispensable one-volume reference work on all aspects of the Christian Church. It contains over 6,000 cross-referenced A-Z entries, and offers unrivalled coverage of all aspects of this vast and often complex subject, including theology, churches and denominations, patristic scholarship, the bible, the church calendar and its organization, popes, archbishops, saints, and mystics. In this revision, innumerable small changes have been made to take into account shifts in scholarly opinion, recent developments, such as the Church of England's new prayer book (Common Worship), RC canonizations, ecumenical advances and mergers, and, where possible, statistics. A number of existing articles have been rewritten to reflect new evidence or understanding, for example the Holy Sepulchre entry, and there are a few new articles. Perhaps most significantly, a great number of the bibliographies have been updated. Established since its first appearance in 1957 as an essential resource for ordinands, clergy, and members of religious orders, ODCC is an invaluable tool for academics, teachers, and students of church history and theology, as well as for the general reader.
Call Number: Reference BR95 .O8 2005
Publication Date: 2005
Barbour Library has a great print collection to meet your research needs (ebooks will be coming soon!). The information in this box should help you find resources on Christianity. Go to the library website to find online subject guides, information on library privileges, and contact information for library staff.
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Searches to Get You Started
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TIP: If any of the subject links below provide relevant resources, jot down the subject and try using it in one of the journal article databases.
Find Journal Articles
Barbour Library provides a variety of online databases that mainly provide access to journal articles. The ATLA Religion Database with ATLAS is the premier journal article database for religious and theological topics, but the search you see below can also be tried in most of the other databases. Click here to use the ATLA Religion Database with ATLAS (click on the EBSCOhost Web link).
- Try using the subjects you see in the 'Searches to Get You Started' section in the 'Find Books' box above - be sure to select 'SU Subjects' from the drop-down menu to the right.
- If you don't get many results from the 'SU Subject' search, try the same term with 'Select a Field (optional)' - this will do a more general, keyword search.
- To find academic journal articles, be sure to put a check mark in the 'Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals' box in the 'Limit to' section to the left of your results list.