A richly illustrated study of the lives of ordinary Christians. Focusing on the experience of common believers over 2,000 years, leading experts examine the religious sensibilities and consciousness of "the people"---their assumptions, values, habits, longings, terrors, anxieties, and comforts. Includes helpful notes, useful indices, and extensive bibliographies to enhance further study. 2519 pages total, seven softcovers from Fortress.
Using newly developed research methods, over one hundred scholars uncover the neglected side of church history as they offer glimpses of the religious ideas and consciousness of "the people"their assumptions, beliefs, values, habits, longings, terrors, anxieties, and comforts. This is history "from below," and the revelations and insights are fascinating. Each volume includes ten to twelve essays by leading experts in the field about the lives of ordinary Christian women and men of the time. Included in each volume are over three dozen graphics and maps, an eight-page color gallery, as well as extensive bibliographies.
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