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What Christians believe : the story of God and people in minimal English / Anna Wierzbicka
Bib ID 8039906
Format BookBook [text, volume]
Author
Wierzbicka, Anna, author
 
Description New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2019] 
xvi, 326 pages; 25 cm 
ISBN 9780190855284 (hardcover) (alkaline paper)
0190855282 (hardcover) (alkaline paper)
Summary

"Many people today - both Christians and non-Christian - are unclear or confused about the essentials of Christian faith. This book takes a radically novel approach to the task of communicating 'what Christians believe' to a very wide audience. 'The Story of God and People', which is at the heart of the book, sets out these essentials in narrative form, in 40 mini-chapters, accessible, in principle, to anyone. It is unlike any other introduction to Christianity, in that it systematically uses very simple words and does not assume any previous familiarity with Christian faith or vocabulary. The words used in this 'Story' are not only simple but also universal: while it is written in English, it is not phrased in 'full English', shaped by history, culture and tradition, but in 'Minimal English', in words which, evidence strongly suggests, correspond to the shared core of all languages. Readers who want to hear more about 'Minimal English' and 'Minimal languages' in general, will find the answers to most of their questions in Part I of the book ('Introduction and Overview'). 'The Story of God and People' demonstrates the effectiveness of Minimal English as a tool for global understanding, and as such will be of great interest to anthropologists, philosophers, those interested in education, communication studies, translation studies and language technologies, as well as linguistics. Above all, however, this 'Story', together with the 40 brief commentaries on the 40 mini-chapters, hopes to articulate, in a fresh way, and without any religious or academic language, what Christians believe, making this clear for anyone interested, regardless of their background, religious or non-religious. It aims at facilitating genuine understanding and reaching out to all"--

Full contents
  • Who are "Christians"?
  • God and cross-cultural communication
  • God and language
  • Minimal English.
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects Language and languages -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.  |  English language -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.  |  Theology, Doctrinal.  |  Australian

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