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  • Linda Woodhead

Abstract

Christianity, one of the world’s most successful religions, has endured over two thousand years and, despite setbacks, has enjoyed its greatest growth and spread in the modern period. The Introduction describes Christianity as a powerful religion that contains vast resources for shaping life and death. It is flexible because it works with abstract concepts along with narratives, symbols, and rituals. But are there limitations to what Christianity can offer an individual? Three main types of Christianity—the Church, Mystical, and Biblical—are distinguished in terms of how they understand and embody authority and power, both human and divine, and how this plays out in their own structures and stances towards wider society.

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