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The Everything Christianity Book : A Complete and Easy-to-Follow Guide to Protestant Origins, Beliefs, Practices and Traditions - Michael F. Russell

The Everything Christianity Book

A Complete and Easy-to-Follow Guide to Protestant Origins, Beliefs, Practices and Traditions

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Christians make up about one third of the world's population.

Among those two billion followers, over 185 million are of the Protestant faith. What are the differences between Protestant and Catholic?

Both are of the Christian faith, right? These questions and more are answered in The Everything Christianity Book - an easy-to-read, inclusive treatment to one of the world's oldest religions. Among the many questions answered: Who was Martin Luther? When did the Protestantism split from the Catholic Church? What are the differences between the different branches of Protestantism? Do Protestant churches have a hierarchy similar to that of the Catholic Church?

How are Christian holidays observed from the Protestant perspective? Christians and non-Christians alike-no matter what their denomination-will gain a new understanding of the rich diversity and complexities of Protestant practices and traditions. Full of facts and figures, names, dates, and places, The Everything Christianity Book is a stimulating, thought-provoking book on the Protestant faith.

About the Authors

Michael F. Russell (Blairstown, NJ) is currently the pastor of the 1st United Methodist Church, Blairstown, NJ. He holds a B.S. degree from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale and received his master's of divinity at Eastern Seminary, Philadelphia.

Amy Wall (Hoboken, NJ) is a freelance writer and author of several books. She also works as a producer for CBS News in New York City.

Top Ten Protestant Reformers and Reform Movementsp. x
Introductionp. xi
Early Christianityp. 1
In the Beginningp. 2
Religion Before Jesusp. 4
Judaism in the Midst of Changep. 5
Jesus and His Apostlesp. 6
Politics and Religionp. 9
Jesus Is Crucifiedp. 11
Resurrection and the Pentecostp. 11
Following in Jesus' Footstepsp. 12
The Early Years of the Catholic Churchp. 13
The Spread of Christianityp. 14
The New Testamentp. 15
The Foundation of Christian Thoughtp. 19
Rome in Flamesp. 20
The Early Hereticsp. 21
The Apostolic Creedp. 23
The Body and Soul Issuep. 24
Christians and Romep. 25
Roman Catholicsp. 26
The Brewing Conflictp. 27
Christian Persecutionp. 28
Christian Martyrsp. 28
The Emperor Diocletianp. 30
Constantine the Greatp. 32
Early Christian Leadersp. 35
Church Leadersp. 36
Controversial Points of Viewp. 37
The Trinityp. 39
Christologyp. 42
Theology and Unityp. 43
Constantine's Solutionp. 43
The Monksp. 47
Who Were They?p. 48
Life in the Monasteriesp. 49
The Saintsp. 50
St. Anthonyp. 51
St. Jeromep. 52
St. Benedictp. 53
St. Gregory the Greatp. 54
St. Augustine of Hippop. 55
Pelagius, the Hereticp. 56
Monastic Scribesp. 57
The Early Middle Agesp. 59
The Fall of Romep. 60
Barbarian Invasionsp. 61
Christian Invadersp. 63
Pope Gregory the Greatp. 64
The Post-Invasion Yearsp. 65
The Feudal Systemp. 65
The Eastern Empirep. 67
The Muslimsp. 68
The Late Middle Agesp. 71
Charlemagne and Leo IIIp. 72
Church and Statep. 73
The Age of Charlemagnep. 74
Cluniac Reformp. 74
The High Middle Agesp. 75
The Crusadesp. 76
Women in Christendomp. 78
Women at Workp. 79
Pre-Reformationp. 83
Church Corruptionp. 84
Pope Gregory VII (Hildebrand)p. 85
The Great Schismp. 87
The Rise of Nationalismp. 88
Scholasticism and Rebirthp. 90
A New Age of Enlightenmentp. 92
Educated Womenp. 93
The Renaissancep. 95
The First Signs of Changep. 96
Peter Waldop. 98
Albigenses (Cathari)p. 99
Mysticismp. 101
Devotio Modernap. 102
Practical Mysticismp. 105
Protestant Inspirationp. 107
What Was the Reformation?p. 108
The Inquisitionp. 108
John Wyclifp. 109
The Lollardsp. 111
Martin Lutherp. 112
A Troubled Soulp. 113
Disillusionment and Discoveryp. 114
The Lutheran Movementp. 117
By Faith Alonep. 118
Church Indulgencesp. 119
The 95 Thesesp. 121
Disputation of Leipzigp. 123
Heretic or Hero?p. 124
The Imperial Diet of Wormsp. 125
Protestant Reformationp. 127
Lutheranism in Germanyp. 128
The Augsburg Confessionp. 128
Peasant Uprisingp. 130
The Diets of Speyerp. 133
The Schmalkaldic Leaguep. 133
The Anabaptistsp. 135
Protestant Globalizationp. 139
Luther's Later Years and Deathp. 140
Reform Spreads to the Western Worldp. 141
Reform in Switzerlandp. 142
The Zurich Councilp. 144
Church's Dilemmap. 146
Zwingli and the Anabaptistsp. 147
Anabaptist Persecutionp. 148
Religious Civil Warp. 149
Calvinismp. 151
John Calvinp. 152
The Institutes of the Christian Religionp. 153
Calvin's Reform Principlesp. 154
Calvin and Genevap. 156
Declaring a Strict Moral Codep. 157
Calvin Returns to Genevap. 160
A Safe Haven for Reformersp. 161
The Growth of Calvinismp. 161
Presbyterianismp. 163
The Scottish Reform Movementp. 164
John Knoxp. 165
Bloody Maryp. 167
Book of Common Prayerp. 169
Civil Warp. 170
The Birth of Presbyterianismp. 171
Presbyterianism in a Nutshellp. 173
The Return of a Queenp. 173
Reformation in Englandp. 175
The English Experiencep. 176
William Tyndalep. 176
Spreading the English Wordp. 178
Henry VIIIp. 180
Reform or Control?p. 184
King Edward VIp. 185
Mary Ip. 186
Elizabeth Ip. 186
The Church of Englandp. 189
Mary, Queen of Scotsp. 190
Elizabeth I and Romep. 191
The Puritansp. 192
Puritans and Separatistsp. 194
Books and Biblesp. 197
King James I of Englandp. 198
King James Biblep. 199
Counter (Catholic) Reformationp. 201
The Counter Reformationp. 202
The Mystic Influencep. 203
The Humanist Influencep. 203
The Council of Trentp. 204
St. Ignatius Loyolap. 207
The Jesuitsp. 208
Explorer or Invader?p. 211
St. Francis Xavierp. 212
The Outcomep. 215
The New Worldp. 217
The Thirty Years' Warp. 218
The Peace of Westphaliap. 220
Pilgrims of the New Worldp. 221
Colonizationp. 223
Massachusetts Settlementsp. 225
Denominationalismp. 227
Anne Hutchinsonp. 229
Other Protestant Colonistsp. 230
The Great Awakeningp. 233
The Age of Reason and Enlightenmentp. 234
The Great Awakeningp. 236
The Methodist Revivalp. 239
Evangelical Awakeningp. 241
The Methodist Missionp. 242
The Methodist Structurep. 246
Methodism in Americap. 247
Revolution and Reformp. 249
Religion and Revolutionp. 250
Revolutionary Religious Changesp. 252
The Founding Fathers and Religionp. 253
African Americans and Protestantismp. 255
The Second Great Awakeningp. 256
Civil War and Reunificationp. 257
Slaveryp. 257
Christianity and Social Reformp. 259
Christianity in the Modern Agep. 263
Women in the Churchp. 264
Religion and Communismp. 264
Charles Darwinp. 266
Fundamentalism and Radicalismp. 266
Modern Evangelicalismp. 267
Catholics Todayp. 270
Protestants Todayp. 272
Lessons of a Lifetimep. 272
Martin Luther's 95 Thesesp. 274
Popes of the Roman Catholic Churchp. 280
Resourcesp. 283
Indexp. 284
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ISBN: 9781593370299
ISBN-10: 1593370296
Series: Everything Series
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 289
Published: 13th November 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 20.4  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.55

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