For well over a millennium the civilization of Western Europe was “Christendom.” Christianity was the dominant religion, buttressed by social and legal structures. This volume studies Christendom at its origins, bringing the insights of leading scholars in the fields of ancient history, theology, patristics, and liturgy to bear on aspects of Europe’s Christianization.
From a missiological perspective, the contributors ask what is Christianity’s impact upon culture, what is culture’s impact upon Christianity? Focusing on the first four centuries, but also looking forward to the future of Christianity in the West, this volume combines scholarly excellence with accessibility. It will be valued by scholars and students alike.
This resource is also available as part of the Church Origins Collection (10 vols.).
After more than fifteen hundred years, “Christendom” remains a highly charged word. This bold and imagination volume helps explain why. Drawing on the resources of theology, history, sociology and missiology, these students of the history of early Christianity challenge old interpretations and propose new ways of seeing.
—Wilbert R. Shenk, Fuller Theological Seminary
Alan Kreider was Director of the Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture, Regent’s Park College, Oxford, and now teaches at the Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Indiana.