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By Linda Woodhead

At a time whilst Christianity is thriving within the Southern Hempisphere yet declining in a lot of the West, Linda Woodhead deals a daring new assessment of the world's greatest faith, exploring the cultural and institutional dimensions of Christianity over millennia.

Christianity addresses themes that different books forget, for instance the contest for strength among varied sorts of Christianity, the churches' makes use of of energy, and their struggles with modernity. Woodhead additionally considers the hot charismatic explosion of Christianity in Latin the US, Africa, and the some distance East. She concludes by way of exhibiting the ways that those that formerly had the least energy in Christianity--women and non-Europeans--have turn into increaslingly critical to its unfolding story.

Up-to-date, authoritative, and jam-packed with clean insights, Christianity: a truly brief advent brings an enormous and sundry topic into sharp focus

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Spirit and world The characteristic Christian framework of sin and salvation abases the human and exalts the divine. The good life is not the life lived according to one’s deepest instincts and desires, but the life lived according to the higher standards of God as witnessed to by Christ. One must destroy and give up one’s own will and appetites in order to live wholly according to the pattern of Christ. Thus God, the saviour and the means of salvation – Word and sacraments – are all ‘objective’ and external to the believer.

Paul was a Jew, and he accepts the monotheism of the Jewish scriptures. He believes that there is only one almighty, male, creator God and that all creatures are subordinate to him – as a pot is to a 19 Jesus: the God-man will precede you. Rather the Father’s rule is inside you Christianity potter. If God is displeased with what he has made, he can smash it and begin his work again. This rules out the gnostic route for Paul, for it would be impossible for him to affirm that humans contain the inherent potential to be reunited with their divine source.

48 We can glimpse a transitional stage in the process in the communities to which Paul writes. Authority within these groups is conferred according to particular gifts bestowed on people by the Holy Spirit – such as preaching, teaching, prophecy, and healing. But it is clear that a few individuals, including Paul himself, are trying to claim special authority for themselves, an authority that is justified in terms of their direct contact with the risen Lord (whom Paul has encountered in a rapture).

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