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Studying Christianity The Critical Issues by William H. Brackney

Studying Christianity The Critical Issues

Part of the Studying World Religions Series


Studying Christianity The Critical Issues by William H. Brackney

This is an introduction to the study of Christian foundations, scripture, community, religious values, theology, ethics and much more. Part of the Studying World Religions series, this is an essential guide to the study of Christianity. Clearly structured to cover all the major areas of study, including chapters on how Christianity has been studied, foundations and scripture, community and structure, religious values, theology, and ethics, rituals and spirituality, aesthetics, and the teleological nature of Christianity, this is the ideal study aid for those approaching Christianity for the first time. Rather than attempting to cover all the material, the critical and methodological issues that students need to grasp in the study of Christianity - and religion in general - are drawn out, and the major contemporary debates explored. Readers are offered the chance to engage with this religious tradition as a diverse, living phenomenon. With helpful suggestions for further study, pointing students towards material such as primary sources (scriptures), films and novels and including ideas for teaching, discussion topics and exercises, Studying Christianity is the perfect companion for the fledgling student of Christianity. A series of introductory guides, books in the Studying World Religions series are designed as study aids for those approaching the world's religions for the first time.


George Chryssides has performed a great service to students, their tutors and anyone interested in Christianity. Focussing on the principal Christian traditions of Roman Catholicism, Orthodoxy and Protestantism, Christianity Today is a thoughtful, learned, yet admirably accessible overview by a well-known scholar of religion. Carefully objective in its treatment of contested areas, the aim throughout is an unbiased presentation of the histories, teachings and practices of the different traditions without the privileging of any particular position. I warmly commend this lucid and engaging introduction. - Christopher Partridge, Professor of Religious Studies, Lancaster University, UK

About the Author

William Brackney is Millard R. Cherry Distinguished Professor of Christian Thought and Ethics, Acadia Divinity College, Acadia University, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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Publication date

1st November 2009


William H. Brackney

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Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


192 pages





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