The Shaping of Christianity: The History and Literature of Its Formative Centuries (100-800)
Publication date: 1900-01-01
The Shaping of Christianity is a solid, basic introduction to the development of Christianity in the first eight centuries. Written for those who are new to the study of early Christianity, it focuses on the political, social, and religious milieu of the time. Because the author wishes to study early Christianity in context, he examines: the cultural and religious legacies of Greek society and Judaism, the historical developments of the time, including the establishment of Christianity as the religion of the empire, the division of the empire and the growing split between East and West, o and theological controversies and the literature accompanying such debates as the nature of Christ, the procession of the Spirit, and the role of Mary. Vallée highlights primary sources, and includes charts, maps, and a glossary to help readers better understand the different aspects of the patristic era. Aimed at a general audience, as well as college students and teachers, this reader-friendly work will make fascinating, intellectually stimulating reading.
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