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Welcome to Wellington City Libraries' page of resources on Christianity. Here you'll find a cross-section of what the library holds on Christianity, some quick links into our online databases and the library's catalogue, and links to websites selected by our subject librarians. Books on Christianity are spread over a range of Dewey Decimal numbers. Try our Catalogue Quicksearch to help focus your searching, or else check out the Beliefs homepage for a comprehensive list of Dewey numbers relating to religion.
Last updated 5 August 2018.
Paul : a biography, by N.T. Wright. The details of Paul's life are scant at best, and while Wright presents plenty of historical background material, he bases much of his insights on the picture revealed by Paul's writings. In this very readable account, Wright is careful to acknowledge that his thoughts are calculated probabilities, but speculations none the less, as he tries to understand the man most responsible for spreading Christianity across the Gentile world.
The triumph of Christianity : how a forbidden religion swept the world, by Bart D Ehrman.
"Remember the Sadducees? Just another Jewish sect that didn't make it. So how, in just four centuries, did Christianity grow from being the persuasion of a handful of poor peasants in the desert stretches of the Roman Empire to being its official religion? ... Bart Ehrman, a master explainer of Christian history, texts, and traditions, shows how a religion whose first believers were twenty or so illiterate day laborers in a remote part of the empire became the official religion of Rome, converting some thirty million people in just four centuries. " (Catalogue)
Saved to save and saved to serve : perspectives on Salvation Army history, by Harold Hill.
"The Salvation Army has now been around for more than one hundred and fifty years, having celebrated its sesquicentennial in 2015 with an International Congress in London. Over the years both the Army and the world in which it appeared have changed beyond recognition. ... The Army has not evolved in isolation from the world. ... This book attempts to explore the interaction between mission and world as it has impacted the Army's beliefs and practices as well as the place it now occupies in the wider world. This critical and analytical study may also be of interest to those beyond the Army's ranks who would like to learn more about this remarkable organization." Publisher." (Catalogue)
The Bible book
The Bible Book explores the ideas and beliefs key to the teachings of the most widely printed religious book of all time. This highly visual book highlights more than 100 of the most important Biblical passages and explains their theological significance and key concepts. Profiles of primary figures--from Adam and Eve, to Peter and Paul--and places of the Bible, such as Jerusalem and Rome, add context to the scriptures. Essential theological concepts, such as the Trinity, God's omnipresence, and the salvation of Jesus death, are explained in detail." (Catalogue)
The story of Christianity : a history of 2,000 years of the Christian faith, by David Bentley Hart.
Hart provides a broad picture of Christian history. Presented in 50 short chapters--each focusing on a critical facet of Christian history or theology, with timelines, quotations, and colour images. This is an honest attempt to be pan-Christian well beyond the Anglo-American stable including Orthodox traditions, Coptic, Malankaran, house churches of contemporary China etc.
Building a bridge : how the Catholic Church and the LGBT community can enter into a relationship of respect, compassion, and sensitivity, by James Martin, SJ.
"The largest mass shooting in US history took place at a gay club and the LGBT community has been profoundly affected," Martin began in an online video. He then implored his fellow Catholics--and people everywhere--to "stand not only with the people of Orlando but also with their LGBT brothers and sisters." ... Martin uses the image of a two-way bridge to enable LGBT Catholics and the Church to come together in a call to end the "us" versus "them" mentality. Turning to the Catechism, he draws on the three criteria at the heart of the Christian ministry--"respect, compassion, and sensitivity"--as a model for how the Catholic Church should relate to the LGBT community." (Syndetics summary)
Rational faith : a philosopher's defense of Christianity, by Stephen T. Davis.
"If God exists, why doesn't he eliminate suffering and evil? Does evolution disprove Christianity? Can religion be explained by cognitive science? People have grappled for ages with these kinds of questions. Drawing on a lifetime of rigorous reflection and critical thinking, Davis explores perennial and contemporary challenges to Christian faith. Davis appraises objections fairly and openly, offering thoughtful approaches to common intellectual problems. Real questions warrant reasonable responses." (Syndetics summary)
Martin Luther : renegade and prophet, by Lyndal Roper. 2017 is a milestone 500 years since the emergence of Martin Luther as an influential change agent in the church. This is a full-blooded portrait of a revolutionary thinker who was, deeply flawed and full of contradictions. Distinguished Oxford University historian, Lyndal Roper looks inside the heart of this complex figure. The force of Luther's personality, she argues, had enormous historical effects--both good and ill. "This is Luther in colour." (The Times) "Anyone seriously interested in one of the most influential figures of the last half-millennium will need to make time to read this one." (Literary Review) The library has also recently purchased Martin Luther : Catholic Dissident.
Windows on a women's world : the Dominican Sisters of Aotearoa New Zealand, by Susannah Grant. 10 Dominican sisters arrived in Dunedin in 1871, and for the first 100 years here the sisters were teaching nuns, living in large enclosed convents cut off from the outside world. But when the Second Vatican Council ushered in a period of radical change, they moved into small homes in local neighbourhoods, with new roles in education, social justice, pastoral care and spirituality. Grant completed a large number of oral histories with the sisters, and describes this transformation. (based on publisher's summary)
CDs you may have missed
The Bible experience New Testament. [sound recording] :
"The Bible Experience: New Testament Audio CD is a fully-dramatized reading of the complete Bible performed by an unprecedented ensemble of distinguished African-American actors, musicians, and personalities... [It is] performed by a cast of more than 200 leading actors, musicians, personalities and clergy, many of whom have won or been nominated for Oscar and Emmy awards, such as Samuel Jackson, Blair Underwood, Angela Bassett, and Cuba Gooding, Jr. The entire script uses the accessible and most up-to-date Today's New International Version (TNIV) Bible translation." (Catalogue)
Power words [CDs at 241.672]: what you say can change your life / Joyce Meyer.
"Joyce Meyer, # 1 New York Times bestselling author, helps readers tap into the life-changing power of positive words and prayer to overcome everyday problems in power words. Developing the habit of speaking God's Word will unlock the power of transformation in readers' lives. In this compact derivative of her bestselling book, Me and My Big Mouth , Joyce Meyer draws from personal experience and Scripture to illustrate how prayer and positive words can be used to overcome every challenge that stands in the way of fulfillment. Joyce teaches readers how to stop talking idly about their problems and use God's power words to defeat them." (Syndetics summary)
Walking with Jesus [CDs at 282] : a way forward for the Church, by Pope Francis.
"Two thousand years ago Jesus said, Follow me. What if the twenty-first-century church actually heeded that call? What would the world look like if the church were truly on the move? Simply put, very different. But these ponderings beg one more critical question: What exactly should the church be moving toward? In "Walking with Jesus: A Way Forward for the Church," Pope Francis own words lead us to the answer. Francis urges us to make Jesus central in our individual lives and in the collective life of the church to walk toward him, and ultimately to walk with him at all times and in all places." (Syndetics summary)
Revelations [5 CDs], by Elaine Pagels.
The Revelation of John of Patmos is one of the more difficult books for modern readers to access and understand. Pagels expertly guides us to examine the context of the first readers around the end of the first century CE, as a scathing attack on the excesses of the Roman Empire, and to a church undergoing challenging and severe persecution.
The art of letting go [6 CDs] : living the wisdom of Saint Francis / Richard Rohr.
Rohr gives listeners a six-session learning course that explores: the surprising richness we discover through simplifying our lives, without taking a vow of poverty; liberation from our self-limiting biases and certitudes; contemplation and action, two key steps toward communing more deeply with the divine and more.
Magazines (in print):
Please check out the very large selection of journals available for free through our online databases!
Biblical archaeology review
"Enhance your Biblical knowledge with the latest discoveries and controversies in archaeology, breathtaking photography, informative maps and diagrams." (Amazon)
Aims to cover current American evangelical Christianity.
DVDs:The Bible [DVD] : a history / Pioneer Productions for Channel 4.
The story of the most influential works ever written: a collection of over 60 books which tell the story of the creation of the world, the birth of mankind, the promise of a homeland for the Jewish people and the remarkable life of Jesus Christ, before cluminating in a terrifying vision of the end of the world.
A history of Christianity - a BBC TV co-production with the Open University and Jerusalem Productions.
"In this fascinating series Profesor MacCulloch explains how Christianity first spread east, extending into Syria, Central Asia, India, and the Far East. He explores the extraordinary and unpredictable rise of the largest single body of Christian devotion in the world, the Roman Catholic Church, and reveals how confession was invented by monks in a remote island off the coast of Ireland. As the series progresses it charts Eastern Orthodox Christianity's fight for survival after its glory days in the eastern Roman Empire and looks at the Reformation and rise of Protestantism as well as the evangelical revial and the American-led rise of Pentecostalism" (container).
Son of God. a BBC Discovery Channel co-production in association with Jerusalem Productions and France 3, (2008).
"Using the most scientific and historical research, along with computer graphic technology, this three-part series attempts to uncover what this First-Century peasant was trying to do and say"--Case slick.
Conversations with God.
Based on the true story of Neale Donald Walsch after he unexpectedly breaks his neck in a car accident and loses his job. Soon after, we witness his transformation from your everyday guy to a homeless bum struggling just to stay alive. Neale's eye-opening roller coaster ride takes us through his emotional battle to get enough food, make friends and regain his life. And just when things seem to be going his way, they get worse. Feeling like a complete failure in all aspects of his life, Neale, full of anger and bitterness asks God a pile of demanding questions. Much to his disbelief, Neale received his answers! The unworldly conversations that follow end up being read by over 7 million people in 36 languages around the world.
Yes! we have more downloadable ebooks. Overdrive Ebooks is a free service.
Under the label "Browse Ebook Nonfiction" choose the Religion and spirituality heading to find books.
Pursuing Peace in Godzone, Phillip Fountain (eBook) New Zealand Christians and others have worked for peace in many different ways, from attention-grabbing protests against nuclear weapons, apartheid and war, to quieter but no less important efforts to improve relationships within their churches, communities and the natural environment.
Other recent titles include :
The Mosaic of Christian Belief, by Roger Olson.
Adament : finding truth in a universe of opinions, by Lisa Bevere.
Jesus on trial, by David Limbaugh.
What is the point of being a Christian?, by Timothy Radcliffe.
Begin learning NT Greek today
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Learn at your own pace, in your own time, for free. If you wish, begin at the basic level which assumes no prior knowledge and work your way through the 50 lessons, with an option to save your progress.
Login with your library card details and select the Greek (Koine) language option from the over 40 available on Mango languages.
Overdrive Audio is a free service which allows you to download and listen to audiobooks. Some can be saved onto CD for future listening.
Under the label "Browse Audiobook Nonfiction" choose the Religion and spirituality heading to find books by popular authors such as :
C.S. Lewis, Joyce Meyer, Brian McLaren, Max Lucado, or Rick Warren.
Titles include :
Jesus among Secular Gods : the countercultural claims of Christ, by Ravi Zacharias .
Desiring God, by John Piper.
Seeking Allah, finding Jesus, by Nabeel Qureshi.
Evil and the Justice of God, by N.T. Wright.
The Cambridge dictionary of Christianity / editor, Daniel Patte.
"The Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity is an authoritative reference guide that enables students, their teachers, and Christian clergy to reflect critically upon all aspects of Christianity from its origins to the present day. Written by a team of 800 scholars and practitioners from around the world, the volume reflects the plurality of Christianity throughout its history. It highlights the different understandings of Christian beliefs and practices in different historical, cultural, religious, denominational, and secular contexts, including anthropological, cultural studies, ecumenical, and interfaith. (Syndetics summary)
Online databases & articles
(All available through Oxford Reference Online.)
- A Dictionary of the Bible
- Oxford Companion to the Bible
- Oxford Guide to People and Places of the Bible
- Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
- Oxford Dictionary of Popes
- Oxford Dictionary of Saints
- Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions
Wellington City Libraries subscribe to a number of different online databases that provide news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics. Below you'll find some links to recent articles on Christianity, selected by our librarians.
If you have signed on to our magazine databases in the last month, the article links below will take you straight in to the database to view the article. Otherwise, you will need to login first, entering your library card number and surname details, then return to this page to get the details to insert into the search once you are logged in. If you'd like to discover what our databases have to offer on topics other than religion, visit our online databases section, www.mygateway.info.
I never knew the library had so many! Where are they? Mostly online - with free access through your library card. If you want to look at several journals offered by the same database service, you don't need to log on to view each title or issue. Here are some titles currently being received :
- International bulletin of missionary research from 01/01/1990 : found in Ebsco MasterFILE Premier
- International review of mission from 01/01/1994 : found in Gale Academic OneFile
- Interpretation (Richmond) from 01/01/1993 : found in Gale Academic OneFile
- Jewish Bible quarterly from 01/01/2007 : found in Gale General OneFile
- Journal of Biblical literature from 09/01/1995 : found in Gale General OneFile
- Journal of ecumenical studies from 01/01/1997 : found in Gale General OneFile
- Journal of psychology and Christianity from 01/01/2009 : found in Gale General OneFile
- Journal of religious thought from 01/01/1984 : found in Ebsco MasterFILE Premier
- Journal of spiritual formation and soul care from 01/01/2008 : found in Gale General OneFile
- Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society from 09/01/1997 : found in ProQuest Research Library
- Pacifica : Australian theological studies from 07/01/2008 : found in Australia/NZ Reference Centre
Other online titles:
- Online Journal of public theology (E-journal)
Produced by the US Center for Public Responsibility which seeks to "promote a more responsible form of public faith associated with the historic orthodox theology of the ecumenical Christian church".
- Touchstone (E-journal)
Eclectic content, with editors and readers from each of the three great divisions of Christendom - Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox.
- Religion online
More than 4,700 articles and chapters. Access via a directory to include Old and New Testament, Theology, Ethics, History and Sociology of Religion, Communication and Cultural Studies, Pastoral Care, Counseling, Homiletics, Worship, Missions and Religious Education, or use the search function.
- Bible Gateway
Online Bible in many translations (including several audio versions). Features concordance search, cross-references, Greek or Hebrew for any verse.
- N.T. gateway
Large gateway type site maintained by the University of Birmingham, on everything from the Greek New Testament to Jesus in Film.
Explores relationship between Judeo-Christian faith and art through contemporary fiction, poetry, painting, art, sculpture, architecture, film, music and dance.
- VisionNetwork of New Zealand
One of the strengths is the directory to church and organisation web-sites (searchable e.g. by denomination).
- Christian Maori theology
- New Zealand Religious History Bibliography
Compiled by Peter Lineham.
Interested in finding out more about what the library holds on beliefs? Found a topical online resource you'd like to share? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd love to hear from you!