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The Christian Church and Western Civilization: Essays and Primary Texts Richard Labelle

The Christian Church and Western Civilization: Essays and Primary Texts

Richard Labelle

Published June 9th 2013
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449 pages
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This book is intended as an introductory history of Christianity in the Western world. It treats the development of the church in the ancient Roman Empire and later in Europe, as well as Christianitys modern Roman Catholic and Protestant forms. OneMoreThis book is intended as an introductory history of Christianity in the Western world. It treats the development of the church in the ancient Roman Empire and later in Europe, as well as Christianitys modern Roman Catholic and Protestant forms. One major theme of the book is the churchs interaction with Western culture at various times in history- another is the churchs collective reflection upon its experience, as it comes to understand the implications of the Gospel in different ways as times and circumstances change.The primary source texts accompanying the chapters have all been newly translated with an eye to being easily understood by modern American readers while faithful to the text in its original language. The primary sources in this book include, then, 1) Christians responses to the ideas from the world around them- 2) non-Christian works that have influenced Christian thought, such as Senecas On Providence- and 3) non-Christian, even anti-Christian works, which in the judgment of Christians needed to be rejected or answered. The collection of essays and primary sources would be a suitable accompaniment to a course on the history of Western ideas.