Christ at the Center : The Early Christian Era

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  • Copyright: 2009-07-20
  • Publisher: Presbyterian Pub Corp

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This third volume in The Westminster History of Christian Thought series is an accessible introduction to the main theological disputes and debates that helped shape the church in the period of early Christianity. Early followers of Jesus Christ called themselves believers in "the way." They sought to understand what they were coming to believe in relation to how these beliefs affected the ways in which they lived. Author Lisa Maugans Driver illustrates how early Christians' interactions with one another in worship, and in their care for strangers and the poor, shaped how they came to understand God. This interrelation of faith and practice is the clarifying lens through which the story of emerging Christian thought is told. Questions for discussion with each chapter make this book an excellent resource for classroom use.

Author Biography

Lisa D. Maugans Driver is Associate Professor of Theology at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana.

Table of Contents

Series Introductionp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Abbreviationsp. xiii
Introductionp. xv
Why Christ? (Second Temple Period, ca. 520 BC-AD 70)p. 1
"The One to Redeem Israel" (Luke 24:21)p. 5
"Are You the One Who Is to Come?" (Matt. 11:3)p. 25
The Pillars of the Faith (ca. AD 50-324)p. 45
"Go Therefore and Make Disciples" (Matt. 28:19)p. 49
Christians/a Sum: I Am a Christianp. 69
Scripture: From Jewish to Christianp. 91
Heresy: Congregational Dynamics and Theological Methodp. 115
A Dynamic Golden Age (Fourth and Fifth Centuries)p. 139
Ekkl&ebar;sia: The People of Godp. 145
Cultivating Life in Christp. 167
Cultivating Humanityp. 185
Jesus Christ: Divine and Humanp. 205
Epilogue: Partingsp. 227
Notesp. 231
Index of Names of Personsp. 243
Index of Subjectsp. 249
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