Re: [XTalk] intro books on early Christianity]
- To this list of books I would like to recommend a forthcoming title
called *Remedial Christianity* by Paul Laughlin. It will be published
by Polebridge Press in a matter of a few weeks (or perhaps days?). I've
read the galley proofs and am confident that this work will be
extraordinarily useful for introductory courses, especially if used in
conjunction with a collection of primary texts.
Laughlin has successfully distilled many of the central pre-suppositions
that were the foundations for the development of Christianity into
manageable and comprehensible units that serve a instructive points of
departure for understanding the development of Christianity. Moreover,
he has also succeeded in placing the disjunctive "Now-As-Then" in proper
perspective to the opposite, "Now-And-Then."
I'm looking forward to seeing other recommendations of introductory
works, especially those that would be appropriate for use in public