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A People's History of Christianity: The Other Side of the Storyby Diana Butler Bass
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For too long, the history of Christianity has been told as the triumph of orthodox doctrine imposed through power and hierarchy. In A People's History of Christianity, historian and religion expert Diana Butler Bass reveals an alternate history that includes a deep social ethic and far-reaching inclusivity: the other side of the story is not a modern phenomenon, but has always been practiced within the church. Butler Bass persuasively argues that corrective--even subversive--beliefs and practices have always been hallmarks of Christianity and are necessary to nourish communities of faith.
In the same spirit as Howard Zinn's groundbreaking work The People's History of the United States, Butler Bass's A People's History of Christianity brings to life the movements, personalities, and spiritual disciplines that have always informed and ignited Christian worship and social activism.
A People's History of Christianity authenticates the vital, emerging Christian movements of our time, providing the historical evidence that celebrates these movements as thoroughly Christian and faithful to the mission and message of Jesus.
In the spirit of Howard Zinn's groundbreaking "The People's History of the United States" comes this volume that showcases the history of Christianity from the ground up, bringing to light stories of the faithful who had such a huge impact on the church and the world.
The Grassroots Movements That Preserved Jesus's Message of Social Justice for 2,000 Years and Their Impact on the Church Today
For too long, the history of Christianity has been told as the triumph of orthodox doctrine imposed through power. Now, historian Diana Butler Bass sheds new light on the surprising ways that many Christians have refused to conform to a rigid church hierarchy and sought to recapture the radical implications of Jesus's life and message.
Table of Contents
The way : early Christianity, 100-500. Christianity as a way of life ; Devotion : the love of God ; Ethics : the love of neighbor — The cathedral : medieval Christianity, 500-1450. Christianity as spiritual architecture ; Devotion : paradise restored ; Ethics : who is my neighbor? — The word : Reformation Christianity, 1450-1650. Christianity as living words ; Devotion : speaking of faith ; Ethics : walking the talk — The quest : modern Christianity, 1650-1945. Christianity as a quest for truth ; Devotion : the quest for light ; Ethics : kingdom quest — The river : contemporary Christianity, 1945-now. The river.
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