By Thomas F. X. Noble, Julia M. H. Smith
The major concentration of this publication is the power and dynamism of all elements of Christian adventure from past due antiquity to the 1st campaign. by way of placing the institutional and doctrinal historical past firmly within the context of Christianity's many cultural manifestations and lived formations all over from Afghanistan to Iceland, this quantity of The Cambridge heritage of Christianity emphasizes the ever-changing, diversified expressions of Christianity at either neighborhood and global point. The insights of many disciplines, together with gender reports, codicology, archaeology and anthropology, are deployed to provide clean interpretations which problem the normal truths bearing on this formative interval. Addressing japanese, Byzantine and western Christianity, it explores encounters among Christians and others, particularly Jews, Muslims, and pagans; the institutional lifetime of the church together with legislation, reform and monasticism; the pastoral and sacramental contexts of worship, trust and morality; and eventually its cultural and theological meanings, together with heresy, saints' cults and the afterlife.