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    Christianity at the Crossroads

    How the Second Century Shaped the Future of the Church

    by Michael J. Kruger

    Christianity in the twenty-first century is a global phenomenon. But in the second century, its future was not at all certain. 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.

    Intermediate Intermediate
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    Living Wisely with the Church Fathers

    by Christopher A. Hall

    Early Christians lived in a culture not unlike our own—in love with empire, infatuated with sex, tolerant of all gods but hostile to the One. Christopher Hall takes us back to that time, conversing with Christian leaders around the ancient Mediterranean world and exploring how this cloud of witnesses challenges us to live ethical lives as Christ followers.

    Intermediate Intermediate
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    The First Christian Centuries

    Perspectives on the Early Church

    by Paul McKechnie

    Here is a scholarly examination by Paul McKechnie of select topics in understanding how early Christianity grew to become the religion of the Roman Empire by the fourth century. Topics include growth of the church, Christians in Caesar's palace, Gnosticism and more.

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    Defending Constantine

    The Twilight of an Empire and the Dawn of Christendom

    by Peter J. Leithart

    Peter Leithart weighs what we've been taught about Constantine and claims that in focusing on these historical mirages we have failed to notice the true significance of Constantine and Rome baptized. He reveals how beneath the surface of this contested story there lies a deeper narrative--a tectonic shift in the political theology of an empire--with far-reaching implications.

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    Early Libyan Christianity

    Uncovering a North African Tradition

    Early African Christianity Set

    by Thomas C. Oden

    Thomas C. Oden reaches back to the earliest days of Christianity to uncover a fertile North African community nearly lost to posterity. Set against this vibrant scene in Libya, well known figures like Tertullian and Sabellius are seen in a new light while lesser known martyrs and bishops find their rightful place in Christian history.

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    The Earliest Christologies

    Five Images of Christ in the Postapostolic Age

    by James L. Papandrea

    In this clear and concise introduction to second-century christologies, James Papandrea sets out five of the principal images of Christ that dominated the postapostolic age. Between varieties of adoptionism and brands of gnosticism, Papandrea helps us see how Logos Christology was forged as the beginning of the church's orthodox confession.

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    Introducing Early Christianity

    A Topical Survey of Its Life, Beliefs Practices

    by Laurie Guy

    Laurie Guy provides an illuminating, broad-brush survey of the early church in its first four centuries. Readers get to witness the emergence of Great Tradition Christianity as themes unfold over time regarding women, persecution and martyrdom, asceticism and monasticism, eucharist and baptism, doctrine and the ecumenical councils.

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    The Emergence of the Church

    Context, Growth, Leadership Worship

    by Arthur G. Patzia

    Arthur G. Patzia explores the story, weighs the issues and traces the contours of the early church's expansion and growth, life and practices, leadership and worship.

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    Reading the Christian Spiritual Classics

    A Guide for Evangelicals

    Edited by Jamin Goggin and Kyle C. Strobel

    This new collection of essays edited by Kyle Strobel and Jamin Goggin offers an evangelical hermeneutic for reading the Christian spiritual classics. Addressing the why, what and how of reading these texts, these essays challenge us to find our own questions deepened by the church's long history of spiritual reflection.

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    Athanasius

    The Life of Antony of Egypt

    Classics in Spiritual Formation

    by Albert Haase OFM
    Foreword by Shane Claiborne

    Athanasius, one of the most influential church fathers in history, records in his Life of Antony of Egypt the story of another extremely influential figure of early Christianity. Albert Haase's paraphrase of this important work gives us access to a masterwork of spiritual formation, that we too might know God as richly as Athanasius did.

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