Christian Theology An Introduction

ISBN-10: 0631225285

ISBN-13: 9780631225287

Edition: 3rd 2001 (Revised)

Authors: Alister McGrath

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Christian Theology: An Introduction is internationally acknowledged to be among the leading textbooks in Christian theology. This new edition retains all of the highly acclaimed features of the first two editions, whilst incorporating important new material. Using clear and accessible language, the text assumes no prior knowledge of Christian theology, introducing the key ideas, debates, personalities, and schools of thought, clearly and accurately.The third edition has been developed in response to feedback from users. Material relating to Roman Catholic and Orthodox theology have been added, as well as additional illustrative material. Some chapters have also been restructured to allow for easier study. Part II has been expanded and rearranged to allow the inclusion of additional material relating to philosophical theology. Bibliographies have been expanded and updated for every chapter.Avoiding any form of denominational or theological bias, this essential textbook provides full coverage of the first 2,000 years of Christian theological debate, including substantial coverage of historical theology, philosophical theology, and systematic theology. An extensive glossary of theological terms is included, as well as an updated guide to theological resources on the Internet.More details on the third edition of Christian Theology: An Introduction can be found on the accompanying website at
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List price: $46.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/16/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 616
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.452
Language: English

Alister McGrath is currently professor of theology at Oxford and principal of Wycliffe Hall. He is a consulting editor, general editor and author of several books. He lives in Oxford, England.

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Mission Statement
To the Student: How to Use this Work
To the Teacher: How to Use this Book
Landmarks: Periods, Themes, and Personalities of Christian Theology
The Patristic Period, ca.100-451
A Clarification of Terms
An Overview of the Patristic Period
Key Theologians
Justin Martyr
Irenaeus of Lyons
Augustine of Hippo
Key Theological Developments
The Extent of the New Testament Canon
The Role of Tradition
The Relation of Christian Theology and Secular Culture
The Fixing of the Ecumenical Creeds
The Two Natures of Jesus Christ
The Doctrine of the Trinity
The Doctrine of the Church
The Doctrine of Grace
Key Names, Words, and Phrases
Questions for: Chapter 1 Further Reading
The Middle Ages and the Renaissance, ca.1050-ca.1500
A Clarification of Terms
The Middle Ages
The Renaissance
Key Theologians
Anselm of Canterbury
Thomas Aquinas
Duns Scotus
William of Ockham
Erasmus of Rotterdam
Key Theological Developments
The Consolidation of the Patristic Heritage
The Exploration of the Role of Reason in Theology
The Development of Theological Systems
The Development of Sacramental Theology
The Development of the Theology of Grace
The Role of Mary in the Scheme of Salvation
Returning Directly to the Sources of Christian Theology
The Critique of the Vulgate Translation of Scripture
Byzantine Theology
Key Names, Words, and Phrases
Questions for: Chapter 2 Further Reading
The Reformation and Post-Reformation Periods, ca.1500-ca.1750
A Clarification of Terms
The Lutheran Reformation
The Calvinist Reformation
The Radical Reformation (Anabaptism)
The Catholic Reformation
Key Theologians
Martin Luther
John Calvin
Huldrych Zwingli
Key Theological Developments
The Sources of Theology
The Doctrine of Grace
The Doctrine of the Sacraments
The Doctrine of the Church
Developments in Theological Literature
The Catechisms
Confessions of Faith
Works of Systematic Theology
Post-Reformation Movements
Protestant Orthodoxy
Roman Catholicism
Key Names, Words, and Phrases
Questions for: Chapter 3 Further Reading
The Modern Period, ca.1750 to the Present
The Enlightenment
The Enlightenment and Protestantism
The Enlightenment Critique of Christian Theology: a General Overview
The Enlightenment Critique of Christian Theology: Specific Issues
Theological Movements Since the Enlightenment
Liberal Protestantism
Roman Catholicism
Eastern Orthodoxy
Liberation theology
Black Theology
Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements
Theologies of the Developing World
Key Names, Words, and Phrases
Questions for: Chapter 4 Further Reading
Sources and Methods
Getting Started: Preliminaries
A Working Definition of Theology
The Development of Theology as an Academic Discipline
The Architecture of Theology
Biblical Studies
Systematic Theology
Historical Theology
Pastoral Theology
Philosophical Theology
Spirituality, or Mystical Theology
The Question of Prolegomena
Commitment and Neutrality in Theology
Orthodoxy and Heresy
Historical Aspects
Theological Aspects
Questions for: Chapter 5 Further Reading
The Sources of Theology
Old and New Testaments
The Word of God
Narrative Theology
Methods of Interpretation of Scripture
Theories of the Inspiration of Scripture
Reason and Revelation: Three Models
Enlightenment Rationalism
Criticisms of Enlightenment Rationalism Addition
A Single-Source Theory of Tradition
A Dual-Source Theory of Tradition
The Total Rejection of Tradition
Theology and Worship: the Importance of Liturgical Tradition
Religious Experience
Existentialism: a Philosophy of Human Experience
Experience and Theology: Two Models
Feuerbach''s Critique of Experience-Based Theologies
Questions for: Chapter 6 Further Reading
Knowledge of God: Natural and Revealed
The Idea of Revelation
Models of Revelation
Revelation as Doctr
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