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ISBN-13: 978-1405108997 ISBN-10: 1405108991 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Blackwell Publishing; 2nd edition (February 13, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405108991
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405108997
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #290,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“England's most accomplished historical theologian has crafted an authorities and enticing text, one that moves thoughtfully through multiple periods, personalities and themes in Christianity’s complex history. Meticulous and memorable, Christianity: An Introduction (2nd edition) takes us on a breathtaking journey, and readers of all kinds will enjoy the ride.” Darren J. N. Middleton, Texas Christian University.


“McGrath’s Introduction to Christianity is the finest text of its kind available. It is encyclopaedic in scope, reliable and quite accessible to the non-specialist. McGrath not only discusses the pivotal events and major figures one would expect in such a work, he portrays Christianity as a dynamic living tradition, growing, adapting, struggling, and through it all, thriving.


I have with success used the book as a student text and also for my own preparation in other courses. In this second edition, an already solid resource is made even more valuable.” David L. Johns, Earlham School of Religion

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This popular, extensively revised textbook by Alister McGrath is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand the dynamics of the world’s largest religion and offers a lively, jargon-free introduction to Christianity. With material ranging from biblical sources, to diverse Christian traditions, to Christianity in the modern world, this classic work by a leading theologian provides a comprehensive foundation to the subject. Key features include:

  • An introduction to biblical sources and discussion of the central figure of Jesus.
  • Comprehensive discussions of Christian theology, the history of Christianity from its origins to the present day, and Christianity in the modern world.
  • Increased focus on Christianity as a lived experience.
  • Expanded coverage of contemporary issues, non-Western Christianity, globalization and women.
  • Accessible and student-friendly design, including numerous illustrations.

Written in a clear and engaging style, the book encourages lateral thinking in students of all levels and includes suggestions for further reading and a glossary of Christian terms.


More About the Author

Alister E. McGrath is a historian, biochemist, and Christian theologian born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. A longtime professor at Oxford University, he now holds the chair in theology, ministry, and education at the University of London. He is the author of several books on theology and history, including Christianity's Dangerous Idea, In the Beginning, and The Twilight of Atheism. He lives in Oxford, England, and lectures regularly in the United States.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AC300 on March 25, 2012
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Alister McGrath diligently walks readers through the history of Christianity, giving a complete and accurate description of the world's major religion. While this text is used in universities around the globe, Dr. McGrath's personal faith influences his writing and gives the book less of a dry, academic feel. Whether familiar with Christianity or just discovering it, this book is highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By April Webb on February 1, 2014
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this book gives a good foundational perspective on Christianity. This book is a fairly easy read. It is Informational and interesting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Teresa on June 17, 2013
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It's a good book. Easy to read, follow and understand. I'm glad our professor chose us to use this textbook for our class.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Louis Welcher on October 25, 2011
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An excellent introduction to the subject of Christianity. Valuable to the long-time Christian, as well as to those who are simply curious.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amnita on September 27, 2012
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This product got here in a very swift manner, and is exactly as ordered. :)
It was the first of my books this semester to get here, and I appreciate it.
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