Christianity: A Very Short Introduction by Linda Woodhead

Christianity: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Christianity: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Linda Woodhead
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • ISBN Code : 0192803220
  • Pages : 184
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Christianity: A Very Short Introduction offers a bold new overview of the world's largest religion. Linda Woodhead provides clear, accessible, and up-to-date information to enable the reader to 'get inside the skin' of Christians and their beliefs, and to present an old and frequently told story in a fresh and illuminating way.


Christianity by Linda Woodhead

Christianity
  • Title : Christianity
  • Author : Linda Woodhead
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press (UK)
  • ISBN Code : 0199687749
  • Pages : 130
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At a time when Christianity is flourishing in the Southern hemisphere but declining in much of the West, this Very Short Introduction offers an important overview of the world's largest religion. Exploring the cultural and institutional dimensions of Christianity, and tracing its course over two millennia, Linda Woodhead provides a fresh, lively, and candid portrait of Christianity's past and present. Addressing topics including the competition for power between different forms of Christianity, the churches' use of power, and its struggles with modernity, this new edition includes up to date information on the growth and geographical spread of Eastern Christianity, reflecting the global nature of Christianity in our ever-shifting contemporary culture. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly.Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


Christian Art by Beth Williamson

Christian Art
  • Title : Christian Art
  • Author : Beth Williamson
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 019280328X
  • Pages : 132
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This work decodes the key themes, signs and symbols found in Christian art - the Eucharist, the Crucifixion, the Virgin Mary. It also explores the theological and historical background of Christian imagery, from the devotional works of the medieval and Renaissance periods, to the 21st century.


Jesus: A Very Short Introduction by Richard Bauckham

Jesus: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Jesus: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Richard Bauckham
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0199575274
  • Pages : 125
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Bauckham shows that Jesus was devoted to the God of Israel, with a special focus on God's fatherly love and compassion, and like every Jewish teacher he expounded the Torah, but did so in his own distinctive way.


Orthodox Christianity by A. Edward Siecienski

Orthodox Christianity
  • Title : Orthodox Christianity
  • Author : A. Edward Siecienski
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN Code : 0190883278
  • Pages : 144
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To many in the West, Orthodoxy remains shrouded in mystery, an exotic and foreign religion that survived in the East following the Great Schism of 1054 that split the Christian world into two camps--Catholic and Orthodox. However, as the second largest Christian denomination, Orthodox Christianity is anything but foreign to the nearly 300 million worshippers who practice it. For them, Orthodoxy is a living, breathing reality; a way of being Christian ultimately rooted in the person of Jesus and the experience of the early Church. Whether they are Greek, Russian, or American, Orthodox Christians are united by a common tradition and faith that binds them together despite differences in culture. True, the road has not always been smooth -- Orthodox history is littered with tales of schisms and divisions, of persecutions and martyrdom, from the Sack of Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire and seat of the Ecumenical Patriarch, to the experience of the Russian Orthodox Church under the Soviet Union. Still, today Orthodoxy remains a vibrant part of the religious landscape, not only in those lands where it has made its historic home (Greece, Russia, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe), but also increasingly in the West. Orthodox Christianity: A Very Short Introduction explores the enduring role of this religion, and the history, beliefs, and practices that have shaped it. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


Christian Ethics: A Very Short Introduction by D. Stephen Long

Christian Ethics: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Christian Ethics: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : D. Stephen Long
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0199568863
  • Pages : 135
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This book provides both a short history of Christian ethics and looks at itsbasic sources as they arise from Judaism, Greco-Roman ethics, andChristianity


African Religions by Jacob K. Olupona

African Religions
  • Title : African Religions
  • Author : Jacob K. Olupona
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0199790582
  • Pages : 152
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What are African religions? African Religions: A Very Short Introduction answers this question by examining primarily indigenous religious traditions on the African continent. It focuses on the diversity of people, ethnic groups, languages, cultures, ethos, and worldviews, keeping in mind the continent's regional diversity. Using a multidisciplinary methodological approach, Olupona examines a wide range of African religious traditions on their own terms as well as in their pluralistic social, cultural, and political contexts. Cultural and postcolonial interpretive frameworks benefit the discussion. For example, the book moves beyond ethnographic descriptions and interpretations of core beliefs and practices to look at how African religion has engaged issues of socioeconomic development and power relations. Sources for this book include archaeological and historical references. Additionally, Olupona uses ethnographic materials based on fieldwork collected through interviewsand participant observation, along with archival materials, including missionary records, which describe African religious practices. Though the emphasis is on native faith traditions, these are not static traditions. African religions have responded to changes within their local communities and to fluxes caused by outside influences. About the Series: Oxford's Very Short Introductions series offers concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects - from Islam to Sociology,Politics to Classics, Literary Theory to History, and Archaeology to the Bible. Not simply a textbook of definitions, each volume in this series provides trenchant and provocative - yet always balanced and complete - discussions of the central issues in a given discipline or field. Every Very Short Introduction gives a readable evolution of the subject in question, demonstrating how the subject has developed and how it has influenced society. Eventually, the series will encompass every major academic discipline, offering all students an accessible and abundant reference library. Whatever the area of study that one deems important or appealing, whatever the topic that fascinates the general reader, the Very Short Introductions series has a handy and affordable guide that will likely prove indispensable.


Judaism by Norman Solomon

Judaism
  • Title : Judaism
  • Author : Norman Solomon
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN Code : 0199687358
  • Pages : 151
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Outlines the basics of practical Judaism and considers how Judaism has responded to, and dealt with, a number of key issues and debates, including the impact of the Holocaust and the establishment of the State of Israel.


Late Antiquity: A Very Short Introduction by Gillian Clark

Late Antiquity: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Late Antiquity: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Gillian Clark
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0199546207
  • Pages : 128
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Sheds light on the concept of late antiquity and the events of its time, showing that this was in fact a period of great transformation


Islam: A Very Short Introduction by Malise Ruthven

Islam: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Islam: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Malise Ruthven
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, UK
  • ISBN Code : 0191540110
  • Pages : 176
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Islam features widely in the news, often in its most militant versions, but few people in the non-Muslim world really understand the nature of Islam. Malise Ruthven's Very Short Introduction offers an essential insight into issues such as why Islam has such major divisions between movements such as the Shi'ites, the Sunnis, and the Wahhabis, why the Shar'ia (Islamic law) is such an important aspect of Islamic life, and why the greatest `Jihad' (holy war) is now against the enemies of Islam, rather than the struggle against evil. In addition he prompts further questioning into the ideas of `Islamic resurgence' as both an old and new concept, whether or not women can find fulfilment and equality within an Islamic framework, and the sort of problems facing Islam and its confrontation with the modern world. - ;Islam features widely in the news, often in its most militant versions, but few people in the non-Muslim world really understand the nature of Islam, both as ideology and religion. Malise Ruthven's Very Short Introduction therefore offers an essential insight into issues such as the why the greatest `Jihad' (holy war) is now against the enemies of Islam, rather than the struggle against evil, why Islam has such major divisions between movements such as the Shi'ites, the Sunnis, and the Wahhabis, and how the Shar'ia (Islamic law) has become such an important aspect of Islamic life. In addition he prompts further questioning into the ideas of `Islamic resurgence' as both an old and new concept, whether or not women can find fulfilment and equality within an Islamic framework, and the sort of problems facing Islam and its confrontations with the modern world. -


African American Religion by Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.

African American Religion
  • Title : African American Religion
  • Author : Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press (UK)
  • ISBN Code : 0195182898
  • Pages : 142
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"African American Religion offers a provocative historical and philosophical treatment of the religious life of African Americans. Glaude argues that the phrase "African American religion" is meaningful only insofar as it singles out the distinctive waysreligion has been leveraged by African Americans to respond to different racial regimes in the United States. That bold claim frames how he reads the historical record. Slavery, Jim Crow, and current appeals to color blindness serve as a backdrop for histreatment of conjure, African American Christianity and Islam"--


Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction by Jonathan A.C. Brown

Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Jonathan A.C. Brown
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0199559287
  • Pages : 140
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Drawing on traditional Muslim sources, Michael Cook describes Muhammad's life and teaching. He also attempts to stand back from this traditional picture to show how far it is historically justified.


Augustine: A Very Short Introduction by Henry Chadwick

Augustine: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Augustine: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Henry Chadwick
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • ISBN Code : 0191606634
  • Pages : 144
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By his writings, the surviving bulk of which exceeds that of any other ancient author, Augustine came to influence not only his contemporaries but also the West since his time. This Very Short Introduction traces the development of Augustine's thought, discussing his reaction to the thinkers before him, and themes such as freedom, creation, and the trinity. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


Pandemics by Christian W. McMillen

Pandemics
  • Title : Pandemics
  • Author : Christian W. McMillen
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0199340072
  • Pages : 153
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Machine generated contents note: -- Introduction -- Chapter 1: Plague -- Chapter 2: Smallpox -- Chapter 3: Malaria -- Chapter 4: Cholera -- Chapter 5: Tuberculosis -- Chapter 6: Influenza -- Chapter 7: HIV/AIDS -- References -- Further Reading -- Index


Humanism: A Very Short Introduction by Stephen Law

Humanism: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Humanism: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Stephen Law
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN Code : 0199553645
  • Pages : 150
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Summary: Philosopher Stephen Law explains why humanism--though a rejection of religion--nevertheless provides both a moral basis and a meaning for our lives.-publisher description.


An Introduction to Christianity by Linda Woodhead

An Introduction to Christianity
  • Title : An Introduction to Christianity
  • Author : Linda Woodhead
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN Code : 9780521786553
  • Pages : 439
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An Introduction to Christianity examines the key figures, events and ideas of two thousand years of Christian history and places them in context. It considers the religion in its material as well as its spiritual dimensions and explores its interactions with wider society such as money, politics, force, gender and the family, and non-Christian cultures and societies. This Introduction places particular focus on the ways in which Christianity has understood, embodied and related to power. Comprehensive and accessible, this book will appeal to the student and general reader.


Methodism: a Very Short Introduction by William J. Abraham

Methodism: a Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Methodism: a Very Short Introduction
  • Author : William J. Abraham
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN Code : 0198802315
  • Pages : 152
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Beginning as a renewal movement within Anglicanism in the eighteenth century, Methodism had become the largest Protestant denomination in the USA in the nineteenth century, and is today one of the most vibrant forms of Christianity. Representing a complex spiritual and evangelistic experiment that involves a passionate commitment to worldwide mission, it covers a global network of Christian denominations. In this Very Short Introduction William J. Abraham traces Methodism from its origins in the work of John Wesley and the hymns of his brother, Charles Wesley, in the eighteenth century, right up to the present. Considering the identity, nature, and history of Methodism, Abraham provides a fresh account of the place of Methodism in the life and thought of the Christian Church. Describing the message of Methodism, and who the Methodists are, he also considers the practices of Methodism, and discusses the global impact of Methodism and its decline in the homelands. Finally Abraham looks forward, and considers the future prospects for Methodism. ABOUT THE SERIES The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


The Vikings by J. D. Richards

The Vikings
  • Title : The Vikings
  • Author : J. D. Richards
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0192806076
  • Pages : 152
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Highlighting the latest archaeological evidence, Julian Richards reveals the whole Viking world: their history, society and culture, and their expansion overseas for trade, colonization, and plunder.


The New Testament: A Very Short Introduction by Luke Timothy Johnson

The New Testament: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : The New Testament: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Luke Timothy Johnson
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0199735700
  • Pages : 160
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A brief yet essential introduction to the New Testament that chronicles the real people-- and historical and literary movements--that created it.


Gandhi: A Very Short Introduction by Bhikhu Parekh

Gandhi: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Gandhi: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Bhikhu Parekh
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • ISBN Code : 0191606677
  • Pages : 160
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Gandhi (1869-1948) was one of the few men in history to fight simultaneously on moral, religious, political, social, economic, and cultural fronts. During his time as a lawyer in South Africa he developed his strategy of non-violence: the idea of opposing unjust laws by non-violent protest, which he made the basis of his successful struggle against British rule in India. In this Very Short Introduction to Gandhi's life and thought, Bhikhu Parekh outlines both Gandhi's major philosophical insights and the limitations of his thought. He looks at Gandhi's cosmocentric anthropology, his spiritual view of politics, his unique form of liberal communitarianism, and his theories of oppression, non-violent action, and active citizenship. He also considers how the success of Gandhi's principles was limited by his lack of coherent theories of evil, and of state and power, and how his hostility to modern civilization impeded his appreciation of its complexity. Gandhi's life and thought has had an enormous impact both within and outside India, and he continues to be widely revered, as one of the greatest moral and political leaders of the twentieth century. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


Anglicanism: A Very Short Introduction by Mark Chapman

Anglicanism: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Anglicanism: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Mark Chapman
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0192806939
  • Pages : 157
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What is Anglicanism? How is it different from other forms of Christianity, and how did it come to have so many different versions throughout the world? Although originally united by location and a common belief, Anglicanism has gradually lost its pre-eminence as the English state church due to increasing pluralisation and secularisation. In Anglicanism: A Very Short Introduction, Mark Chapman highlights the diversity of contemporary Anglicanism by exploring its fascinating history, theology, and structures. Putting the history and development of the religion into cont ext, Chapman reveals what it is that holds Anglicanism together despite the recent crises that threaten to tear it apart.


C. S. Lewis: A Very Short Introduction by James Como

C. S. Lewis: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : C. S. Lewis: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : James Como
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0192563335
  • Pages : 160
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Beloved by children and adults worldwide, the writings of C.S. Lewis have a broad and enduring appeal. Although he is best known for the iconic Chronicles of Narnia series, C. S. Lewis was actually a man of many literary parts. Already well-known as a scholar in the thirties, he became a famous broadcaster during World War Two and wrote in many genres, including satire (The Screwtape Letters), science fiction ( Perelandra), a novel (Till We Have Faces), and many other books on Christian belief, such as Mere Christianity and Miracles. His few sermons remain touchstones of their type. In addition to these, Lewis wrote hundreds of poems and articles on social and cultural issues, many books and articles in his field of literary criticism and history, and thousands of letters. At Oxford University he became a charismatic lecturer and conversationalist. Taken together his writings have engaged and influenced, often very deeply, millions of readers. Now Lewis societies, television documentaries, movies, radio plays, and theatrical treatments of his work and life have become common, and he is frequently quoted by journalists, critics, and public thinkers. This Very Short Introduciton delves into the vast corpus of C. S. Lewis' work, discussing its core themes and lasting appeal. As James Como shows, C. S. Lewis' life is just as interesting as his work. A complex man, he came to his knowledge, beliefs, and wisdom only after much tortuous soul-searching and many painful events. Moving chronologically through Lewis' life, Como provides throughout a picture of the whole man, his work, and his enduring legacy. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


Intelligence: A Very Short Introduction by Ian J. Deary

Intelligence: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Intelligence: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Ian J. Deary
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • ISBN Code : 0191579491
  • Pages : 148
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  • Language : English
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People value their powers of thinking and most of us are interested in why some people seem to drive a highly tuned Rolls Royce brain while others potter along with a merely serviceable Ford Fiesta. This Very Short Introduction describes what psychologists have discovered about how and why people differ in their thinking powers. The book takes readers from no knowledge about the science of human intelligence to a stage where they are able to make judgements for themselves about some of the key questions about human mental ability differences. Each chapter deals with a central issue that is both scientifically lively and of considerable general interest, and is structured around a diagram which is explained in the course of the chapter. The issues discussed include whether there are several different types of intelligence, whether intelligence differences are caused by genes or the environment, the biological basis of intelligence differences, and whether intelligence declines or increases as we grow older. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


The Reformation: A Very Short Introduction by Peter Marshall

The Reformation: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : The Reformation: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Peter Marshall
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • ISBN Code : 0191578886
  • Pages : 168
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The Reformation transformed Europe, and left an indelible mark on the modern world. It began as an argument about what Christians needed to do to be saved, but rapidly engulfed society in a series of fundamental changes. This Very Short Introduction provides a lively and up-to-date guide to the process. It explains doctrinal debates in a clear and non-technical way, but is equally concerned to demonstrate the effects the Reformation had on politics, society, art, and minorities. Peter Marshall argues that the Reformation was not a solely European phenomenon, but that varieties of faith exported from Europe transformed Christianity into a truly world religion. The complex legacy of the Reformation is also assessed; its religious fervour produced remarkable stories of sanctity and heroism, and some extraordinary artistic achievements, but violence, holy war, and martyrdom were equally its products. A paradox of the Reformation - that it intensified intolerance while establishing pluralism - is one we still wrestle with today. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


The Abrahamic Religions: a Very Short Introduction by Charles L. Cohen

The Abrahamic Religions: a Very Short Introduction
  • Title : The Abrahamic Religions: a Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Charles L. Cohen
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN Code : 0190654341
  • Pages : 152
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In the book of Genesis, God bestows a new name upon Abram--Abraham, a father of many nations. With this name and his Covenant, Abraham would become the patriarch of three of the world's major religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Connected by their mutual--if differentiated--veneration of the One God proclaimed by Abraham, these traditions share much beyond their origins in the ancient Israel of the Old Testament. This Very Short Introduction explores the intertwined histories of these monotheistic religions, from the emergence of Christianity and Islam to the violence of the Crusades and the cultural exchanges of al-Andalus. Each religion continues to be shaped by this history but has also reacted to the forces of modernity and politics. Movements such as the Reformation and that led by seventh-century Kharijites have emerged, intentioned to reform or restore traditional religious practice but quite different in their goals and effects. Relationships with states, among them Israel and Saudi Arabia, have also figured importantly in their development. The Abrahamic Religions: A Very Short Introduction brings these traditions together into a common narrative, lending much needed context to the story of Abraham and his descendants. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


God by John Bowker

God
  • Title : God
  • Author : John Bowker
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN Code : 0198708955
  • Pages : 135
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In this concise introduction to the deity, John Bowker explores how each major religion, and countless philosophers and theologians, have answered the fundamental question: Who or what is God? He also explores why some people believe in God and others do not, and concludes by looking at how our understanding of God continues to evolve in the present day. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


How Repentance Became Biblical by David A. Lambert

How Repentance Became Biblical
  • Title : How Repentance Became Biblical
  • Author : David A. Lambert
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0190212241
  • Pages : 336
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  • Language : English
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"How Repentance Became Biblical explores the rise of repentance as a concept within early forms of Judaism and Christianity and how it has informed the interpretation of the Hebrew Bible, or Old Testament. It develops alternative accounts for many of the ancient phenomena identified as penitential"--


Paul: A Very Short Introduction by E. P. Sanders

Paul: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Paul: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : E. P. Sanders
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0192854518
  • Pages : 165
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  • Language : English
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Very Short Introductions offer stimulating, accessible introductions to a wide variety of subjects, demonstrating the finest contemporary thinking about their central problems and issues.'Sanders makes one think afresh about all sorts of issues... read this book ...' -Hebrew Christian


Christian Mission by Dana L. Robert

Christian Mission
  • Title : Christian Mission
  • Author : Dana L. Robert
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN Code : 9781444308815
  • Pages : 232
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  • Language : English
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Exploring how Christianity became a world religion, this brief history examines Christian missions and their relationship to the current globalization of Christianity. A short and enlightening history of Christian missions: a phenomenon that many say reflects the single most important intercultural movement over a sustained period of human history Offers a thematic overview that takes into account the political, cultural, social, and theological issues Discusses the significance of missions to the globalization of Christianity, and broadens our understanding of Christianity as a multicultural world religion Helps Western audiences understand the meaning of mission as a historical process Contains several new maps that illustrate demographic shifts in world Christianity


Catholicism: a Very Short Introduction by Gerald O'Collins

Catholicism: a Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Catholicism: a Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Gerald O'Collins
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0198796854
  • Pages : 168
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  • Language : English
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Despite a long history of external threats and internal strife, the Roman Catholic Church remains a vast and influential presence in our modern world. But what were its origins, and how has it changed and adapted over the centuries? After Pope Benedict XVI dramatically resigned in early 2013 (the first Pope to resign since the fifteenth century), and Pope Francis was elected, many wondered what direction he would lead the Church in, and whether the Church could modernise in the face of the demands of our world. In this Very Short Introduction, Gerald O'Collins covers the history of the Catholic Church, and considers some of the key issues facing Catholicism today, such as the catastrophic revelations about clerical child abuse, the impact of the growth of Islam, and the destruction in the Middle East of ancient Christian church communities. He also shows how Catholics are being increasingly challenged by an opposition between their traditional Christian values and rights which are endorsed by the secular world, such as the right to physician assisted suicide or same-sex marriage, and considers the future for the largest and oldest institution in the world. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


The History of Christianity by Tim Dowley

The History of Christianity
  • Title : The History of Christianity
  • Author : Tim Dowley
  • Publisher : Lion Books
  • ISBN Code : 9780745936901
  • Pages : 688
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  • Language : English
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This reference book brings together information from a range of sources, to provide information on the history of Christianity. It has been updated to include recent events in Eastern Europe.


Miracles: a Very Short Introduction by Yujin Nagasawa

Miracles: a Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Miracles: a Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Yujin Nagasawa
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0198747217
  • Pages : 144
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  • Language : English
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Jesus turned water into wine, Mohammad split the moon into two, and Buddha walked and spoke immediately upon birth. According to recent statistics, even in the present age of advanced science and technology, most people believe in miracles. In fact, newspapers and television regularly report alleged miracles, such as recoveries from incurable diseases, extremely unlikely coincidences, and religious signs and messages on unexpected objects. In this book the award-winning author and philosopher Yujin Nagasawa addresses some of our most fundamental questions concerning miracles. What exactly is a miracle? What types of miracles are believed in the world's great religions? What do recent scientific findings tell us about miracles? Can we rationally believe that miracles have really taken place? Can there be acts that are more religiously significant than miracles? Drawing on a vast variety of fascinating examples from across the major religions, Nagasawa discusses the lively debate on miracles that ranges from reported miracles in ancient scriptures in the East and West to cutting-edge scientific research on belief formation. Throughout, he drives us to ask ourselves if and how we can still believe in in miracles in the twenty-first century. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


Beauty: A Very Short Introduction by Roger Scruton

Beauty: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Beauty: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Roger Scruton
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0199229759
  • Pages : 186
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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"First published in hardback as Beauty, 2009"--T.p. verso.


American Slavery by Heather Andrea Williams

American Slavery
  • Title : American Slavery
  • Author : Heather Andrea Williams
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN Code : 0199922683
  • Pages : 140
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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"This short introduction to American slavery begins with the Portuguese capture of Africans in the 1400s and, drawing upon the scholarship of numerous historians as well as the analysis of primary documents, explores the development of slavery in the American colonies and later, the United States of America. It analyzes early legislation in Virginia that differentiated Indians and Africans from Europeans and began the process of stratifying society based on racial categories. Unlike some recent scholarship, it is attentive to the actual labor that enslaved people performed, reminding us that more than anything else, slavery was a system of forced labor that produced wealth for a new nation. And, it considers the tensions that arose between enslaved and enslavers as they interacted with one another, exerting control and undermining efforts at domination. Throughout, it explores slavery within the context of moral contradiction that included the development of an ideology that valorized freedom alongside a practice and justification of slavery that deemed inferior and denied freedom to a large swath of the population. The book explores conflicts between abolitionists who worked to eliminate slavery and pro-slavery advocates who worked doggedly to sustain the power and wealth they derived from the institution. It ends with the abolition of slavery in America following the Civil War"--


Islamic History: A Very Short Introduction by Adam J. Silverstein

Islamic History: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Islamic History: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Adam J. Silverstein
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • ISBN Code : 019160934X
  • Pages : 176
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Does history matter? This book argues not that history matters, but that Islamic history does. This Very Short Introduction introduces the story of Islamic history; the controversies surrounding its study; and the significance that it holds - for Muslims and for non-Muslims alike. Opening with a lucid overview of the rise and spread of Islam, from the seventh to twenty first century, the book charts the evolution of what was originally a small, localised community of believers into an international religion with over a billion adherents. Chapters are also dedicated to the peoples - Arabs, Persians, and Turks - who shaped Islamic history, and to three representative institutions - the mosque, jihad, and the caliphate - that highlight Islam's diversity over time. Finally, the roles that Islamic history has played in both religious and political contexts are analysed, while stressing the unique status that history enjoys amongst Muslims, especially compared to its lowly place in Western societies where history is often seen as little more than something that is not to be repeated. Some of the questions that will be answered are: · How did Islam arise from the obscurity of seventh century Arabia to the headlines of twenty first century media? · How do we know what we claim to know about Islam's rise and development? · Why does any of this matter, either to Muslims or to non-Muslims? ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


A Theological Introduction to the Old Testament by Mark W. Hamilton

A Theological Introduction to the Old Testament
  • Title : A Theological Introduction to the Old Testament
  • Author : Mark W. Hamilton
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0190203110
  • Pages : 432
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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The book known as the Old Testament is actually a collection of stories, songs, prophetic addresses, wise sayings, and other bits of literature composed over centuries and compiled for the use of worshiping communities. These texts appeared in ancient Israel, reflecting its traumas and less frequent triumphs. Far from being comfortable texts that sedate over-stimulated readers, they offer critique of the powerful for the sake of those for whom the only tool of overcoming oppression is language itself. Because of the distance in time and cultural experience, the Old Testament is often inaccessible to modern readers. This introduction bridges that distance and makes the connections across time and culture come alive. The Bible assembles a wide range of literary types because of the needs of the communities first using it as they preserved the legacy of their past, good and bad, for the sake of a viable future. Their legacy continues as relevant as ever. This introduction, then, seeks to help readers make sense of the variety and hear within it points of commonality as well. The Old Testament is a book readers look to for meaning. Christian readers, especially, have difficulty connecting with the theological meanings of the texts. Mark Hamilton offers an introduction that addresses theological issues directly and sensitively. Considering the massive sweep of literary types and ways of expressing ideas about God, A Theological Introduction to the Old Testament offers an alternative to introductions based solely on historical or literary themes.


Catholicism: A Very Short Introduction by Gerald O'Collins

Catholicism: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Catholicism: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Gerald O'Collins
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 019954591X
  • Pages : 142
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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What are the origins of the Catholic Church? How has Catholicism changed and adapted over the centuries? What challenges does the Catholic Church face in the twenty-first century? Gerald O'Collins answers these and other questions in this clear, accessible introduction to the largest and oldest institution in the world.


Politics: A Very Short Introduction by Kenneth Minogue

Politics: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Politics: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Kenneth Minogue
  • Publisher : Oxford Paperbacks
  • ISBN Code : 019161078X
  • Pages : 128
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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In this provocative but balanced essay, Kenneth Minogue discusses the development of politics from the ancient world to the twentieth century. He prompts us to consider why political systems evolve, how politics offers both power and order in our society, whether democracy is always a good thing, and what future politics may have in the twenty-first century.


Hinduism: A Very Short Introduction by Kim Knott

Hinduism: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Hinduism: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Kim Knott
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • ISBN Code : 0191606456
  • Pages : 160
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Hinduism is practised by eighty per cent of India's population, and by thirty million people outside India. In this Very Short Introduction, Kim Knott combines a succinct and authoritative overview of a major religion with an analysis of the challenges facing it in the twentieth century. She discusses key preoccupations of Hinduism such as the centrality of the Veda as religious texts, the role of brahmins, gurus, and storytellers in the transmission of divine truths, and the importance of epics such as the Ramayana. Issues such as the place of women and dalits (untouchables) in contemporary society are also addressed, making this book stimulating reading for Hindus and non-Hindus alike. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


Paganism: A Very Short Introduction by Owen Davies

Paganism: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Paganism: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Owen Davies
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • ISBN Code : 0191620017
  • Pages : 160
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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'Paganism' is an evocative word that, even today, conjures up deep-seated emotions and prejudices. Until recently, it was primarily a derogatory term used by Christians to describe the non-Christian cultures confronted and vanquished by their Churches. For some it evokes images of sacrifice and barbaric behaviour, while for others it symbolises a peace-loving, nature-worshipping spiritual relationship with the earth. This Very Short Introduction explores the meaning of paganism - through a chronological overview of the attitudes towards its practices and beliefs - from the ancient world through to the present day. Owen Davies largely looks at paganism through the eyes of the Christian world, and how, over the centuries, notions and representations of its nature were shaped by religious conflict, power struggles, colonialism, and scholarship. Despite the expansion of Christianity and Islam, Pagan cultures continue to exist around the world, whilst in the West new formations of paganism constitute one of the fastest-growing religions. Focussing on paganism in Europe, but exploring the nature of paganism globally, Davies looks at how Europeans discovered new cultures through colonial expansion, missionary work, and anthropological study. Contemporary social paganism can be a liberating and social force, and the idea of a global Pagan theology is now on the religious map. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.