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HOW THE SECOND-CENTURY


CHURCH SHAPED CHRISTIANITY

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CHRISTIANITY’S SECOND CENTURY

Christianity in the second century possessed


little social or cultural influence and found
itself fighting for its life. Factions contested
the nature of the gospel, and Christianity was
forming structures of leadership and wor-
ship. A core of apostolic texts was emerging
as authoritative. But it was the challenges,
obstacles, and transitions faced by Christians
in the second century that, in many ways,
would determine the future of the church for
the next two millennia.

Michael Kruger’s introductory survey exam-


ines how Christianity took root in the second
century, how it battled to stay true to the
vision of the apostles, and how it developed
256 pages, paperback, 5203, $30.00 in ways that would shape both the church
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Michael J. Kruger (PhD, University of Edinburgh) is president and


professor of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in
Charlotte, North Carolina. His recent publications include The Question of
Canon and The Early Text of the New Testament, coedited with Charles E. Hill.

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“Kruger takes readers into the mysterious second century, where he lucidly explains
things like the formation of a distinctive Christian identity, pagan responses to
Christianity, the rise of certain heresies, and the canonization of the New Testament.
This book will open a whole new world that you never knew existed!”
—M I C H A E L F . B I R D
Ridley College, Melbourne, Australia

“Kruger takes us into a world in which “Besides being a trustworthy guidebook, it is also
‘Christianity’ is still very much at risk and up for a well-designed source-book for those interested in
grabs, struggling to find its identity in the midst further study.”
of forces within and without seeking to define its —Charles E. Hill, Reformed Theological
identity or suppress its existence. His book invites Seminary
us into the tensions and trajectories that would
eventually give shape to what we, in distant retro- “Michael Kruger provides an orientation to the
spect, take for granted as Christian faith, practice, diversity of groups, texts, and practices that students
and polity.” and scholars of Christian origins will find invalu-
—David A. deSilva, Ashland Theological able. He summarizes the best of contemporary
Seminary research about second century Christianity and pro-
vides robust bibliographies for further study. This is
“Though most of us are pretty sure that something definitely a book I wish I had a decade ago, when I
happened between the apostolic era and the Council began my work in this area.”
of Nicaea, even professional historians can be
—Ben C. Blackwell, Houston Baptist University
pretty foggy on what that ‘something’ was or why
it matters; the second century has always been the
black box of Christian history. Now with this
well-researched yet highly accessible book, Kruger
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crucial this overlooked trajectory is to understanding Introducing Early


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“EVANGELICAL” IN A DIVIDED AGE
MAPPING HOLY GROUND

Evangelicalism in America has cracked, split


on the shoals of the 2016 presidential elec-
tion and its aftermath, leaving many won-
dering if they want to be in or out of the
evangelical tribe. Who or what is defining
the evangelical social and political vision?
Is it the gospel or is it culture? For a move-
ment that has been about the primacy of
Christian faith, this is a crisis.

This collection of essays was gathered


by Mark Labberton, president of Fuller
Theological Seminary, who provides an
introduction to the volume. What follows
is a diverse and provocative set of perspec-
tives and reflections from evangelical insid-
222 pages, paperback, 4537, $17.00 ers who wrestle with their responses to the
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Mark Labberton is president of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena,


California. He has also served as senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church of
Berkeley, California, and as chair of John Stott Ministries. Today he continues
to contribute to the mission of the global church as a senior fellow of the
International Justice Mission. He is the author of Called, The Dangerous Act of Loving
Your Neighbor, and The Dangerous Act of Worship.

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CONTRIBUTORS
• Shane Claiborne, Red Letter • Soong-Chan Rah, North Park
Christians University
• Jim Daly, Focus on the Family • Robert Chao Romero, UCLA
• Mark Galli, Christianity Today • Sandra Maria Van Opstal, Grace and
• Lisa Sharon Harper, FreedomRoad.us Peace Community

• Tom Lin, InterVarsity Christian • Allen Yeh, Biola University


Fellowship • Mark Young, Denver Seminary
• Karen Swallow Prior, Liberty
University

A LOOK INSIDE

The highest reputed value in evangelicalism is the gospel itself—the only good news that
can finally change the world. Evangelical has value only if it names our commitment to seek
and to demonstrate the heart and mind of God in Jesus Christ, who is the evangel. To be
evangelical is to respond to God’s call into deeper faith and greater humility. It also leads
us to repudiate and resist all forces of racism and misogyny, and all other attitudes and
actions, overt and implied, that subvert the dignity of people, who are made in the image
of God. The evangel holds our evangelicalism to account and not vice versa.
The only evangelicalism worthy of its name must be one that both faithfully points to
and mirrors Jesus Christ. It is the good news for the world as it seeks justice that reflects
the character of God’s kingdom. Any evangelicalism that seeks its own power is unfaithful
to the evangel it claims to represent. Any evangelicalism that doesn’t allow the evangel to
redefine, reorder, and renew power in light of Jesus Christ is lost and worth abandoning.
—Adapted from the introduction by Mark Labberton

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Paul R. Williamson
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Gary W. Moon
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Greg Cootsona
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conversations that confront the church today.
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ECHOES OF EXODUS
Bryan D. Estelle
Israel’s exodus from Egypt is the Bible’s enduring emblem of deliver-
ance. But more than just an epic moment, the exodus shapes the telling
of Israel’s and the church’s gospel. In this guide for biblical theologians,
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RECONSTRUCTING THE GOSPEL


Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
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Our Christianity requires a spiritual reconstruction that undoes the
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from the religion of the slaveholder to the Christianity of Christ,
showing that when the gospel is reconstructed, freedom rings for
both individuals and society as a whole.
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SEVEN PRACTICES FOR THE CHURCH ON MISSION


David E. Fitch
Jesus gave his followers seven key practices. When we practice these dis-
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