Throughout the history of Christianity, there have been theological disputes that caused fissures among the faithful. There were the major ruptures of the Great Schism of 1054 and the Protestant Reformation. Since the Reformation, though, there has been an eruption of new denominations. The World Christian Database now list over 9000 worldwide. And new denominations are created every day, often when a group splits off from an established church because of a dispute
over doctrine or leadership. With such a proliferation of denominations, could there possibly be one core Christian message that all churches share? That's the question that Ted Campbell sets out to answer in this book. He begins his examination of Christian doctrine where it started: in the gospels.
He then shows how the gospel has been received and professed by Christian communities through the centuries, from the first "proto-Orthodox" Christian communities right through the modern evangelical, Pentecostal, and ecumenical movements. Campbell shows that, despite all the divisions, there is indeed a single unifying core of the faith that all Christians share. In the process, he offers a brief, well-written, and acceptable history of Christian doctrine that will be ideal for courses in the
history of Christian thought.
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Number of pages: 216
Weight: 347 g
Dimensions: 234 x 155 x 18 mm
Campbell's book is a helpful overview of a problem that faces anyone who encounters the Christian gospel, whether in devotional liturgical or academic settings...a stimulating and useful book. * Jane Heath, Journal for the Study of The New Testament *
There is much wisdom in this book... [it] should be read attentively by all those who are committed to ecumenical dialogue. * Nicholas King, The Tablet *