A People's History of Christianity

A People's History of Christianity

The Other Side of the Story

Book - 2009
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While bringing to life the movements, personalities, and spiritual disciplines that have always informed and ignited Christian worship and social activism, Butler Bass persuasively argues that corrective--even subversive--beliefs and practices have always been hallmarks of Christianity and are necessary to nourish communities of faith.
Publisher: New York : HarperOne, [2009], ©2009
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780061448706
0061448702
Branch Call Number: 270 Ba
Characteristics: xi, 353 pages ; 24 cm

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RainbowRabbit
Aug 08, 2012

This is a history NOT of saints and church leaders, BUT of ordinary people and their customs through the centuries: imitating Christ's life, studying scripture, hallowing time, giving hospitality, caring for the sick and imprisoned, peacemaking, making a pilgrimage, monasticism, praying the hours, praying the rosary, the Way of the Cross, 'dying well' (i.e. prepared), expanding the notion of neighbour to include followers of other religions + enemies + animals + the outcast + the environment; protesting sin and injustice within the church, reading, testifying, teaching, singing & praying, seeking justice, building family, questing for the inner light, promoting tolerance, seeking equality, building freedom, building community, and promoting ecumenism and pluralism. She divides history of Christianity into four periods, and within each she considers devotion and ethics. How varied has been this faith group!

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