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Christian Travelers Guide to Great Britain, The Paperback – April 1, 2001

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Seeing the need to fill a niche in the travel guide genre, general editor Hexham (religious studies, Univ. of Calgary) has created a series of guides designed to appeal to Christians. These guides do not lead tourists to the most popular bars or shopping districts but instead to the various Christian heritage sites in each country. Hexham's theory is that since there are travel guides geared toward other sociological groups (gays, singles, retirees), the market is also there to reach out to Christians who wish to explore the roots of their religion. His vast knowledge of history and religion makes these well-researched books a treasure trove of historical information. Each guide follows the same layout: Hexham begins with an overview of the history of each country from prehistoric times to the present. He then includes a chapter on literature, art, and architecture and lists what he considers the top ten Christian heritage sites in each country. Each entry thereafter is in alphabetical order by place name and includes some background information, specific sites to visit, and biographies of significant people associated with the site. In Great Britain, visit the birthplace of the Scottish Reformation in Edinburgh; in France, learn the difference between a Gothic-style cathedral (Notre Dame) and a Romanesque-style cathedral (St. tienne Cathedral); in Germany, follow the progress and fall of the Holy Roman Empire by visiting Aachen; and in Italy, visit the ancient Roman ruins and learn their part in the history of Christianity, then visit the Vatican City, the seat of the Catholic Church. There is also a useful web site associated with the series (www.christian-travelers-guides.com), which gives further information on Christian travel agents, hotels, and more. Recommended for all public libraries. Sandy Knowles, Henderson Cty. P.L., NC
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From the Back Cover

The Christian Travelers Guides deal directly with what even the best general travel guides only touch on: Christianity’s enormous influence on Europe—and, through its history and culture, Europe’s influence on Christianity.

This unique series guides you on a pilgrimage to the heart of our Christian heritage. Saints and secularists, martyrs and kings, castles and cathedrals, public squares and rolling hillsides, great works of art, literature, and architecture: The legacy of the Christian faith takes on immediacy and impact as you see firsthand the places where believers through the centuries lived and died, shaping our world with their faith.

In rich detail and depth, The Christian Travelers Guide to Great Britain describes the history, literature, music, art, and architecture of Britain.

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Product Details

  • Series: Christian Travelers Guides
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan Publishing Company; 1st edition (April 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310225523
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310225522
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,759,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Irving Hexham is professor of Religious Studies at the University of Calgary and adjunct professor of World Christianity at Liverpool Hope University. He has published twenty-seven academic books, including The Concise Dictionary of Religion, Understanding Cults and New Religions, and Religion and Economic Thought, plus eighty major academic articles and chapters in books, numerous popular articles, and book reviews. Recently he completed a report for the United Nations' refugee agency on religious conflict in Africa and another for the Canadian Government's Department of Canadian Heritage on Religious Publications in Canada. He is listed in Who's Who in Canada and various scholarly directories. In 2008, he was honored at the historic Humboldt University in Berlin with a Festschrift, Border Crossings: Explorations of an Interdisciplinary Historian (Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag).

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By A Customer on February 17, 2002
Format: Paperback
Here is what the prestigious American Library Journal (Vol. 126, No. 8, p. 117, 1 May 2001)said:
"... These guides do not lead tourists to the most popular bars or shopping districts but instead to the various Christian heritage sites in each country. Hexham's ... vast knowledge of history and religion makes these well-researched books a treasure trove of historical information. Each guide follows the same layout: Hexham begins with an overview of the history of each country from prehistoric times to the present. He then includes a chapter on literature, art, and architecture and lists what he considers the top ten Christian heritage sites in each country. Each entry thereafter is in alphabetical order by place name and includes some background information, specific sites to visit, and biographies of significant people associated with the site...
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According to Irving Hexham, a distinguished professor of religious studies at the University of Calgary, one can find "travel guides with titles like Pagan Europe, Occult France, Magical Britain, and The Traveler's Guide to Germany" (p. 7), but not all that much on the Christian contribution to Europe, even or especially in standard travel books, which "tend to underplay Christian contributions to Western civilization through neglect or a negative tone" (p. 7). In an effort to correct this situation, Hexham has generated a series of guidebooks that includes, in addition to the one he wrote on Great Britain, books on Germany, France, and Italy.

The reasons Hexham gives for his efforts should resonate with Latter-day Saints because they, too, have come to recognize that

the Bible is steeped in history and the remembrance of history. Both the Old and New Testaments constantly reminded their readers about particular historical events (Deuteronomy 4:9--25) both by retelling the story and through commemorations which enact the central acts of salvation (Exodus 13:3--16; 1 Corinthians 11:25--26). Further, an appeal is frequently made to visible memorials that remind people of God's wonderful deeds (Acts 2:29--36). We also find both Jews and early Christians visiting historical sites as acts of devotion (Luke 2:21--41; Acts 21:17--27). (p. 8)

Hexham insists that Christians are "not a tribal religion rooted in local communities bound by kinship bonds" (p. 9) but should instead be a community grounded on faith. "The great truth of the New Testament is that Christians are children of God by adoption" (p. 9). And this explains why the scriptures "point to examples of faith which we are encouraged to follow and remember (Joshua 4; Luke 11:29--32; Acts 7; Hebrews 12).
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By A Customer on May 24, 2002
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I took a course with Professor Hexham at the University of Calgary, he is a very likeable and interesting fellow. This book is one of my favorites and offers much more than just your average travelling books.
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By A Customer on March 2, 2002
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The American Library Journal's review ended with the words "Recommended for all Public Libraries."
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By A Customer on April 7, 2001
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I found the Christian Traveler's Guide series fascinating. A brilliant idea of the author to write the books. Very informative and great history lessons.
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