By Linda Woodhead
At a time whilst Christianity is prospering within the Southern Hempisphere yet declining in a lot of the West, Linda Woodhead bargains a daring new assessment of the world's biggest faith, exploring the cultural and institutional dimensions of Christianity over millennia.
Christianity addresses subject matters that different books overlook, for instance the contest for energy among assorted varieties of Christianity, the churches' makes use of of strength, and their struggles with modernity. Woodhead additionally considers the new charismatic explosion of Christianity in Latin the United States, Africa, and the a long way East. She concludes by means of exhibiting the ways that those that formerly had the least strength in Christianity--women and non-Europeans--have turn into increaslingly primary to its unfolding story.
Up-to-date, authoritative, and choked with clean insights, Christianity: a really brief creation brings an unlimited and sundry topic into sharp focus
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In the 32 The signs and symbols of Christianity 6. Cruciﬁxion, by Matthias Grunewald (1500–8). work of the early Renaissance artist Giotto, for example, Jesus appears as human not merely by virtue of his suffering, but in his ability to feel and express the full range of human emotions by way of a solid, three-dimensional body of ﬂesh and blood. Even Giotto’s angels have feelings; like Jesus’ devoted human followers they weep and beat their breasts as they behold the death of Christ. Later Renaissance art would go even further towards the humanization 33 Christianity of Jesus, sometimes depicting him naked and with male genitalia, thereby interpreting even human sexuality as a mark of potential human perfection rather than Fall.