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Subject Religion

DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631198963.2005.00002.x


Christianity remains a major presence in the modern world. Although there has been an erosion of its power bases in western Europe, it continues to be of major significance in North and South America. The collapse of Marxism in eastern Europe has seen a resurgence of Christian activity in that region, with former university faculties of theology being re-established and new ones founded. The expansion of Christianity continues in sub-Saharan Africa and the countries of eastern Asia, such as Korea. There is thus an ongoing need for a reliable overview of its leading ideas and their impact upon the modern world. The present volume is designed as an authoritative, readable and reliable reference source for all those who are interested in, or wish to learn about, the main features of modern Christian thought. It aims to inform, stimulate and correlate and to direct attention to other sources for further information. Modern Christian thought is massive and complex, with considerable regional and denominational variations; this volume aims to provide as comprehensive and reliable a guide as possible to the movement. The term ‘modern’ is notoriously difficult to define; it is here taken to mean the period in western culture which began with the Enlightenment, dating from the opening of the eighteenth century. ‘Christian thought’ is here not taken in the narrow academic sense of ‘Christian ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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