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The Word Made Flesh: A History of Christian Thought / Edition 1

The Word Made Flesh: A History of Christian Thought / Edition 1

by Margaret R. Miles
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This outstanding textbook offers an original history of Christian thought, asking what it has meant over the centuries to participate in the religion of the Word made flesh.

  • Traces Christian ideas, conversations, experiences and practices from the first century through to the dawn of modernity at the end of the eighteenth century.
  • Presents an inclusive history, considering the critical roles of women and religious ‘others’– dissenting Christians, Jews and Muslims – in shaping Christian thought.
  • Sets Christian ideas in the context of conversations, controversies and concrete circumstances.
  • Demonstrates the importance of liturgical and devotional exercises to the practice of Christianity.
  • Treats words, images, music and architecture all as primary evidence of Christian traditions.
  • Is accompanied by a CD Rom containing hundreds of visuals to support the theories and examples discussed throughout the volume.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781405108461
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 11/28/2004
Pages: 460
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Margaret R. Miles is Emeritus Professor of Historical Theology at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. As Bussey Professor of Theology, she taught the history of Christian thought for 20 years at Harvard University Divinity School. Her previous books include Plotinus on Body and Beauty (Blackwell, 1999), Reading for Life (1996), Seeing and Believing (1996), Desire and Delight (1993), Practicing Christianity (1988), and Carnal Knowing (1988).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations.

List of Maps.




Prelude: Flesh and Word.

1. The Christian Movement in the Second and Third Centuries.

2. Inclusions and Exclusions: The Fourth Century.

3. Fleshing Out the Word: Medieval Christianity East and West.

4. The Voice of the Pages: Incarnation and Hierarchy in the Medieval West.


5. Death and the Body in the Fourteenth-Century West.

6. The Suffering Body of Christ: The Fifteenth Century.

7. Re-forming the Body of Christ: The Sixteenth Century, Part I.

8. Reforming the Body of Christ: The Sixteenth Century, Part 2.

9. Rationalism and Religious Passion: The Seventeenth Century.

10. Keeping Body and Soul Together: Eighteenth-Century Christianity.

Postlude: The Word Made Flesh.



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