Christian Thought and Practice, Revised Edition

A Primer

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”  .  .  .  the best introductory textbook of Christian theology that meets the needs of today’’s diverse theological classroom. [Natalie Kertes] Weaver provides depth for students who have previous personal familiarity with Christian thought and life, [and] pathways to support students for whom Christianity, or religion in general, is new territory. It meets the needs of “cradle Catholics” and religious “nones” alike. The revised edition’’s streamlined chapters and thorough glossary further increase its value for a theology classroom in which nothing can be assumed except the diversity of our students’’ questions.”

Brian Flanagan
Marymount University, Arlington, VA

“From the Bible to bioethics, in Christian Thought and Practice, Natalie Kertes Weaver offers an engaging tour of discovery through the historical highlights, key debates, and current issues of Christian theology. This is an inclusive, accessible text written by a teacher who knows her students!”

Edward P. Hahnenberg
Author of Theology for Ministry and other titles

“Weaver provides undergraduate students with an excellent introduction to Christian theology and ecclesial life.  .  .  .  Ecumenically sensitive and pedagogically astute,  .  .  .  concise but comprehensive. It strikes a fine balance between the descriptive and the normative styles. The questions for reflection at the end of each chapter, the tables, glossary, and other helps for the student make this book very student friendly. Only a master teacher could pack so much into such a small volume! As a professor who is always seeking but rarely finding the perfect introductory theology textbook, reading Christian Thought and Practice gave me a “eureka” (“I found it!”) sensation. I recommend  .  .  .  highly.”

Ron Highfield
Pepperdine University

“This clear and comprehensive “primer” is an ideal text for an “Introduction to Christianity” course. But it is far more than that. In Christian Thought and Practice, Natalie Kertes Weaver provides a readable guide to anyone seeking a balanced description of the history, beliefs, and practices of Christianity. Written by an accomplished teacher, it presumes no background knowledge on the part of the reader, but only a willingness to understand how Christianity today came to be what it is —in all its diversity. A remarkable achievement.”

Terrence W. Tilley
Fordham University

About This Book

Overview

Christian theology has had a lasting influence on a range of modern subjects; a solid introduction to its tenets, traditions, and thinkers benefits students of all disciplines.

Natalie Kertes Weaver’s Christian Thought and Practice: A Primer provides a foundation for those new to the study of Christianity and the opportunity to develop a more sophisticated sense of Christianity for students with prior study. With features to enhance classroom learning, Christian Thought and Practice is ideally suited for today’s student.

Details

Weight 0.9 lbs
Dimensions 5.375 x 1.5 x 8.25 in
Format

Softcover

ISBN

978-1-59982-712-4

Pages

278

Item # 7069

Customer Reviews

“Natalie Kertes Weaver’’s Christian Thought and Practice, rev. ed., is the best introductory textbook of Christian theology that meets the needs of today’’s diverse theological classroom. Weaver provides depth for students who have previous personal familiarity with Christian thought and life, while providing numerous pathways to support students for whom Christianity, or religion in general, is new territory. It meets the needs of “cradle Catholics” and religious “nones” alike. The revised edition’’s streamlined chapters and thorough glossary further increase its value for a theology classroom in which nothing can be assumed except the diversity of our students’’ questions. Weaver’’s primer gives students the signposts they need to begin their intellectual journeys and gives professors a road map to help a classroom of unique seekers explore Christianity together.”

Brian Flanagan
Marymount University, Arlington, VA

“From the Bible to bioethics, in Christian Thought and Practice, Natalie Kertes Weaver offers an engaging tour of discovery through the historical highlights, key debates, and current issues of Christian theology. This is an inclusive, accessible text written by a teacher who knows her students!”

Edward P. Hahnenberg
Author of Theology for Ministry and other titles

“In Christian Thought and Practice, Natalie Kertes Weaver provides undergraduate students with an excellent introduction to Christian theology and ecclesial life. It is ecumenically sensitive and pedagogically astute. It is concise but comprehensive. It strikes a fine balance between the descriptive and the normative styles. The questions for reflection at the end of each chapter, the tables, glossary, and other helps for the student make this book very student friendly. Only a master teacher could pack so much into such a small volume! As a professor who is always seeking but rarely finding the perfect introductory theology textbook, reading Christian Thought and Practice gave me a “eureka” (“I found it!”) sensation. I recommend Weaver’’s book highly.”

Ron Highfield
Pepperdine University

“This clear and comprehensive “primer” is an ideal text for an “Introduction to Christianity” course. But it is far more than that. In Christian Thought and Practice, Natalie Kertes Weaver provides a readable guide to anyone seeking a balanced description of the history, beliefs, and practices of Christianity. Written by an accomplished teacher, it presumes no background knowledge on the part of the reader, but only a willingness to understand how Christianity today came to be what it is —in all its diversity. A remarkable achievement.”

Terrence W. Tilley
Fordham University

About the Author

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Natalie Kertes Weaver

Natalie Kertes Weaver is the associate dean of Graduate Studies and a professor of religious studies and ministry at Ursuline College.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Author’s Introduction to Teachers and Students

1. First Things First: Beginning Christian Theology
Terms Used in the Study of Religion
A Functional Understanding of Christian Theology
Facets of Christian Theology
Christian Sources
Types of Theology
The Audiences and Practitioners of Christian Thought

2. A Scriptural Foundation for Christian Theology
Scripture: Getting Started
Old Testament
New Testament
Contemporary Biblical Scholarship

3. Tradition, Reason, and Experience as Foundations of Christian Theology
What Are Foundations for Christian Thought and Practice?
Tradition
Reason
Experience
4. Periods in Christian History
The Biblical Era
The Patristic Era
The Middle Ages
The Reformation
The Modern Era5. Christian Doctrines
What Is Doctrine?
Organizing Christian Doctrine
God
Jesus the Christ
Holy Spirit
Trinity
Church

Salvation, Sin, and Grace
Eschatology6. Diversity in Christian Communities
What Is a Christian Communion?
Early Christian Diversity
Eastern Christianity
Roman Catholic Christianity
Protestant Groups of the Reformation and Beyond
Ecumenical Movement

7. Christian Worship and Spiritual Practice
What Is Christian Spirituality?
Worship in Prayer
Worship in Liturgy
Liturgical Year and Holidays
The Virgin Mary, Saints, and Martyrs
Social Service and Outreach
Religious Orders

8. Christianity and Non-Christian Religions
Defining a Religion
Christianity and Diversity
Judaism
Islam
Christianity and Two Eastern Traditions

9. Christianity and Ethics
Christianity and the “Secular” World
Moral Thought and Theology
Christianity and the Polis
Christianity and Justice
Christianity and War
Christianity and the Environment

10. Contemporary Spirituality and Christian Thought
Spiritual but Not Religious
Spirituality in Popular Culture
Globalization, Diversity, and Spirituality
Environmental and Ecological Movements
Liberation Movements

11. Global Christianity
Mission in Christian Tradition
Colonialism and Post-Colonialism
The Global South: Africa, Latin America, Asia,
and the Middle East
The Global North: Europe and North America

Glossary

Index

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