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The Bloomsbury Handbook to Studying Christians

The Bloomsbury Handbook to Studying Christians

Publisher Bloomsbury Professional Ltd
Year 01/11/2019
Edition First
Pages 360
Version hardback
Readership level College/higher education
Language English
ISBN 9781350043381
Categories Christian life & practice
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Drawing on a range of methodologies, editors George D. Chryssides and Stephen E. Gregg shift attention from normative textual and doctrinal matters to issues of materiality and everyday life in Christianity. This handbook is structured in four parts, which include coverage of the following aspects of Christianity: sacred space and objects, cyber-Christianity, food, prayer, education, family life, fundamentalism and sexuality. In addition, issues of gender, race and ethnicity are treated throughout. The international team of contributors provide in-depth analysis that highlight the current state of academic study in the field and explores areas in which future research might develop.

Clearly organised to help users quickly locate key information and analysis, the book includes an A to Z of key terms, extensive guides to further resources, a comprehensive bibliography and a chronology of landmark events, making it a unique resource to upper-level students and researchers. A world religion is generally defined by its sacred texts and its teachings but this wide-ranging study of Christianity as a living faith challenges that approach. By examining actual Christian communities, practices and attitudes, this Handbook demonstrates that "vernacular Christianity" is a richly-textured, multi-dimensional and diverse faith which defies simple categories. It is guaranteed to expand understanding. * Kirsteen Kim, Associate Dean for the Center for Missiological Research and Professor of Theology and World Christianity, Fuller Theological Seminary, USA * This book is a game-changer in Christian Studies, due to its emphasis on the lived religion of various kinds of Christians. The monolithic conception of this faith that was bolstered by the study of sacred texts and ecclesiastical history here gives way to complex, multi-stranded narratives of the practice of Christianity as it interacts with culture, politics, family structures, sexuality and a host of other life situations. The editors, George Chryssides and Stephen Gregg, have assembled a formidable team of scholars to produce a cutting-edge volume that will be indispensable to the study of Christianity for the next decade at least. * Carole M. Cusack, The University of Sydney, Australia * Scholars interested in Christians - the people, not just the institution - will find this new handbook indispensable. By taking their approach as 'studying' Christians, the editors have assembled an international team of authors turning to the 'how' as well as to the 'what', filling a gap that should have been more obvious years ago. The challenges and complexity posed by studying such disparate themes as the digital, laity, healing and war are just a few examples in this rich, engaging book, uncovering both methodological and epistemological techniques and approaches. Required reading for students, researchers and teachers. * Abby Day, Professor of Race, Faith and Culture, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK * Studying Christianity is not just about theology. More and more, scholars are are invited to reflect upon the everyday implications of the Christianity that is lived out in our communities - the political, social, cultural and practical impact of faith. This Handbook engages comprehensively with the breadth of contexts and concerns which shape our understanding of the contemporary application of this great world faith and its lived realities for the everyday Christian, framing the research agenda in this space for many years to come. * Andrew Davies Reader in the Public Understanding of Religion Director, Edward Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion School of Philosophy, Theology & Religion, University of Birmingham, UK *

The Bloomsbury Handbook to Studying Christians

Table of contents

Notes on Contributors


List of Abbreviations


Part One: Research Methods and Problems

1. Vernacular Christianity, George D. Chryssides (York St John University and the University of Birmingham, UK) and Stephen E. Gregg (University of Wolverhampton, UK)

2. Who Owns Christianity? Changes in Demographical Trends, Dyron Daughrity (Pepperdine University in Malibu, USA)

3. Denominations, George D. Chryssides (York St John University and the University of Birmingham, UK)

4. The Role of the Bible, Andrew Village (York St John University, UK)

5. Jesus, Stephen E. Gregg (University of Wolverhampton, UK)

6. Fieldwork in Studying Christians, Simon Coleman (University of Toronto, Canada)

7. Christians and the Visual Arts, Sue Yore (York St John University, UK)

8. Interreligious Encounter, Elizabeth J Harris (University of Birmingham, UK)

Part Two: Current Research and Issues

9. Calendar, Margaret Z. Wilkins (Independent Scholar)

10. Children - Family - Childlessness, Dawn Llewellyn (University of Chester, UK)

11. Education, Tim Jensen (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark; Leibniz University Hannover, Germany; Ural Federal University, Russia)

12. Death, Christina Welch (University of Winchester, UK)

13. Spirituality, Stefania Palmisano (University of Turin, Italy)

14. Fundamentalism, Camille K. Lewis (Furman University, USA)

15. Christians in Africa, Louise Muller (Leiden University, the Netherlands)

16. Social Action, Chris Shannahan, (Coventry University, UK)

17. Work, Andrew Hambler (Birmingham City University, UK)

18. Politics, Daniel Nilsson DeHanas (King's College London, UK)

19. War - Violence - Peace, Ted Grimsrud (Eastern Mennonite University, USA)

20. Ethics, Eleanor Tiplady Higgs (University of Cape Town, South Africa)

21. Healing, George D. Chryssides (York St John University and the University of Birmingham, UK)

Part Three: New Directions in Studying Christians

22. Music, Brian W. Nail (Florida State College, USA)

23. Pilgrimage, Stella Rock (Open University, UK)

24. Laity, George D. Chryssides (York St John University and the University of Birmingham, UK)

25. LGBTQ Christians, Melissa M. Wilcox (University of California, USA)

26. Food, Benjamin E. Zeller (Lake Forest College, USA)

27. Literature, Crawford Gribben (University Belfast, UK)

28. Film and Media, Rhonda Burnette-Bletsch (Eastern University, USA)

29. Digital Christianity, Tim Hutchings (University of Nottingham, UK)

30. Science and Technology, Lisa H. Sideris (Indiana University, USA)

31. Sacred Space and Sacred Objects, Amy Whitehead (Massey University, New Zealand)

32. Tourism, Alex Norman (Western Sydney University, Australia)

Part Four: Resources






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