Introduction to Christianity

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Canning, Raymond 2009. Introduction to Christianity. in: A. Bruce (ed.) One World - Many Paths to Peace Australian National University. pp. 63 - 84
AuthorsCanning, Raymond
EditorsA. Bruce
Abstract

This chapter will provide background to the development of the Christian churches as together constituting the world’s largest faith. The major source for this brief sketch will be the Christian scriptures and early church traditions. The approach will be predominantly theological rather than historical or sociological. It is recognised that, while many diverse forms of Christian belief and practice preceded the acceptance from the second to the fourth centuries of the authoritative body of Christian literature known as the ‘canon’, a decision was clearly made with the establishment of this scriptural canon for a unified form of Christianity that would become progressively stronger. The criteria by which works were admitted to the canon were: 1) the proclamation of the one God as Creator of the whole world, spiritual and material; 2) the affirmation of the reality of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ; and 3) the acceptance of the scriptures of the Jewish people, which, when incorporated into the Christian Bible, generally came to be known as the Old Testament.

Page range63 - 84
Year2009
Book titleOne World - Many Paths to Peace
PublisherAustralian National University
SeriesSeventh biennial shifting frontiers in Late Antiquity Conference
ISBN9780980728415
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.22459/OW.2009
Web address (URL)http://doi.org/10.22459/OW.2009
Research GroupSchool of Theology
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