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The Varieties of Christian Experience Andrea Gardner and Monica Locker RELI 161 – Final Exam December 14, 2007
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The Varieties of Christian Experience Main Argument: Christianity has changed due to outside pressures in order to be more useful to its believers and to serve the purposes of the believers. Different varieties of Christianity came from different needs of the people who followed the Christian religion.
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Don’t forget: - Talk about Waco and Munster in Magisterial/Radical Reform due to the fact that the government and idea of control over an area changed the religion. - Develop the thesis more - Creativity is key. -
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Table of Contents Book One: Establishment and Survival of Early Christianity Chapter 1: The Push-Off from Judaism Chapter 2: Persecution in the Roman Empire Chapter 3: Constantine and the Rise of Christianity Book Two: Development of Christianity as a Majority Religion Chapter 4: Ambrose, Augustine, and the Universal Church. Chapter 5: Relic Piety, Martyrs, and Saints. Chapter 6: The Reform Papacy Book Three: The Reformation Chapter 7: The Age of Decline Chapter 8: Magisterial and Radical Reform Chapter 9: The Resurgence of Catholicism Chapter 10: The English Reformation
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Many varieties of Christianity have emerged since the very beginning of the Christian religion. These different Christianities have emerged due to outside pressures such as persecution and the needs of its believers. Christianity has changed, in part, to serve the purposes of the believers and to be more useful to its believers. Our book, The Varieties of Christian Experience , shows the ways that outside pressures has affected the Christian religion. The first change came due to the need for a push-off from Judaism and the more recent emerged after the Reformation of Christianity which resulted in the development of Protestantism. In the years after the death of Christ, Christianity struggled to establish itself as a separate religion from Judaism. Jews in diaspora had wanted a messiah who was angelic and superhuman. However, Ignatius, the patriarch of Antioch, wanted a Jesus Christ who was fully human, a Jesus Christ who was like him and whom he could strive to be like. His Christology was instrumental in the theology of early Christians. Another of the major players in the push- off, a man named Tertullian, took the ideas of Ignatius and explained why Christians should “obey the bishop.” He effectively started apostolic tradition, the belief that Jesus had passed down his teaching to a chosen few, who then transferred the knowledge on in something like a divine succession. Also during the second century, due to this new religion, people were refusing to worship
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