Christianity at the Crossroads : How the Second Century Shaped the Future of the Church

Christianity at the Crossroads : How the Second Century Shaped the Future of the Church


2018 The Gospel Coalition Book of the Year - History and BiographyChristianity in the twenty-first century is a global phenomenon. But in the second century, its future was not at all certain. Initially Christianity possessed little social or cultural influence and found itself fighting for its life. While apostolic tradition was emerging as a "rule of faith," factions contested the nature of the gospel, and pagan philosophers found its claims scandalous. And while its pathway was tenuous, Christianity was forming structures of leadership and worship, and a core of apostolic texts was emerging as authoritative. But it was the challenges, obstacles, and transitions faced by Christians in the second century that, in many ways, would determine the future of the church for the next two millennia. It was a time when Christianity stood at a crossroads. Michael Kruger's introductory survey examines how Christianity took root in the second century, how it battled to stay true to the vision of the apostles, and how it developed in ways that would shape both the church and Western culture over the next two thousand years. Christianity at the Crossroads provides an accessible and informative look at the complex and foundational issues faced by an infant church still trying to determine its identity. The church's response to the issues of heresy and orthodoxy, the development of the canon, and the transmission of the Christian Scriptures not only determined its survival, but determined the kind of church it would be for generations to come.

Similar Books

ISBN 10: 1433505002
ISBN 13: 9781433505003

30 Apr 2012
Michael J. Kruger

ISBN 10: 0830840311
ISBN 13: 9780830840311

04 Nov 2013
Professor of New Testament Michael J Kruger

ISBN 10: 006185588X
ISBN 13: 9780061855887

10 Aug 2010
Justo L. Gonzalez

ISBN 10: 1433501430
ISBN 13: 9781433501432

30 Jun 2010
Andreas J. Koestenberger

ISBN 10: 0691157103
ISBN 13: 9780691157108

03 Jul 2018
Brian Stanley

ISBN 10: 0825420199
ISBN 13: 9780825420191

31 Mar 2007
Jeffrey Arthurs

ISBN 10: 080103440X
ISBN 13: 9780801034404

02 Apr 2008
Michael J. Christensen

ISBN 10: 0199568987
ISBN 13: 9780199568987

15 Nov 2011
Henry Bettenson

ISBN 10: 1481304747
ISBN 13: 9781481304740

01 May 2017
Larry W. Hurtado

ISBN 10: 1433552957
ISBN 13: 9781433552953

30 Nov 2018
Peter J. Williams

ISBN 10: 0310524687
ISBN 13: 9780310524687

15 May 2018
Josh Chatraw

ISBN 10: 0140231994
ISBN 13: 9780140231991

01 Oct 1993
Henry Chadwick