Windows on Early Christianity
Uncommon Stories, Striking Images, Critical Perspectives
Imprint: Cascade Books
"James Aageson's helpful book offers a critical approach to the study of early Christianity in the context of today's pluralism. Carefully chosen leading questions in each chapter open windows for deeper understanding of Christianity's functional uniqueness as well as its commonalities with Judaism and Islam. Aageson provides a discussion companion for educational groups seeking a more reflective Christian faith along with ways to live constructively and peacefully with other faiths."
--Douglas E. Oakman, Pacific Lutheran University
"With clarity and precision, Aageson offers important critical insights into the development of early Christianity. The book's arrangement into fifteen essential questions or topics enables the text to break the mold of the historically linear 'introduction' while providing thorough analysis. As with his earlier In the Beginning (2000), Aageson's eminently readable scholarship presents a vibrant and compelling approach to the academic study of religion."
--Gail P. Streete, Professor Emerita, Rhodes College
"Aageson surveys basic questions in the study of Abrahamic religions, major trajectories in early Christianity that are reflected in all of the New Testament and in apocryphal gospels, and key issues in the identity and practices of early Christianity. This book will be accessible and useful to undergraduates in history of Christianity and religious studies courses."
--Mark Reasoner, Associate Professor of Theology, Marian University; author of Romans in Full Circle and Roman Imperial Texts: A Sourcebook
"James Aageson's book introducing readers to the New Testament and early Christianity is the fruit of years of teaching students as they encounter this rich past with their modern interests. The result is an innovative approach that meets contemporary readers on their own terms to help them understand the past and its meaning for the present. Readers in college classrooms and parish bible studies will be equally enriched by their encounter with Aageson's inviting volume."
-- Rob Kugler, Paul S. Wright Professor, Religious Studies/Classical Studies, Lewis & Clark College