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A Short History of Christianity: Second Edition, Revised and Expanded

A Short History of Christianity

Second Edition, Revised and Expanded

Martin E. Marty (Author)


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For the non-specialist, Martin Marty traces the church's quest through twenty centuries for unity, sanctity, universality, and authentic witness. He delves into the disparity between the ideals of the church and historical realty in order to provide a brilliant, instructive, and eminently fair statement of the history of Christianity from its founding to the present day.

In this second edition, revised and expanded, Marty has added an entirely new section entitled "Postscript and Prescript" in which he discusses the recent past and prospects. Fresh insights and revisions based on the most recent contemporary developments keep this volume abreast of the times, making it an up-to-date survey of the history of Christianity.
  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • ISBN 9780800619442
  • Format Paperback
  • Dimensions 5.12 x 8.38
  • Pages 336
  • Publication Date January 1, 1987

Table of Contents

    Preface and Acknowledgments

    Part I: The Matrix
  1. The Whisper and The Thunder
  2. the World Turned Upside Down
  3. The Dialogue, the Code, and the Retreat
  4. The Shape of Apostolic Doctrine

    Part II: The Span
  5. The Idea of a Christian Society
  6. The Dimensions of Catholicity
  7. Schism
  8. The Church Has Never Erred

    Part III: The Pivot
  9. Night Fell
  10. The True Treasure of the Church
  11. The Vineyard, Torn
  12. The Compass of the Faith

    Part IV: The Test
  13. Walls of Separation
  14. The Acids and Assets fo Modernity
  15. Great Things for God
  16. The Great New Fact of Our Era

    Part V: Postscript and Prescript
  17. An Essay on the Recent Past and Prospects

    References and Citations