Story of Christian Theology Twenty Centuries of Tradition and Reform

ISBN-10: 0830815058

ISBN-13: 9780830815050

Edition: 1999

Authors: Roger E. Olson

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Voted a 2000 Book of the Year by Christianity Today!Winner of a year 2000 ECPA Gold Medallion Award!History is made up of stories--narratives that recount the events, movements, ideas and lives that have shaped religions and nations. Theologian Roger Olson believes that the history of Christian theology should be told as such a story, one replete with thick plots, exciting twists, interesting people and fascinating ideas.In this panoramic work of historical theology Olson vividly recounts the deeds and words of the cultists and apostolic fathers of the second century, the clash between the theological schools of Alexandria and Antioch, the epochal division between East and West, the revolutionary advent of the Reformation and much more, right on up to the dazzling, sometimes dismaying fallout that has continued to shake Christians through the twentieth century. Through it all Olson detects and traces a common thread: a concern for salvation--God's redemptive activity in forgiving and transforming sinful human beings.Evenhanded, refreshingly readable, impressive in its breadth and depth, The Story of Christian Theology is poised to become a standard historical theology text.
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List price: $45.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 5/1/1999
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 652
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 2.25" tall
Weight: 2.860
Language: English

Roger E. Olson (Ph.D., Rice University) is professor of theology at George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He is the author of The Story of Christian Theology: Twenty Centuries of Tradition & Reform, The Mosaic of Christian Belief: Twenty Centuries of Unity & Diversity (both InterVarsity Press) and The Westminster Handbook to Evangelical Theology (Westminster John Knox). He is also coauthor of 20th-Century Theology: God & the World in a Transitional Age and Who Needs Theology? An Invitation to the Study of God (both with Stanley J. Grenz, InterVarsity Press), and of The Trinity (with Christopher A. Hall, Eerdmans).

Abbreviations & General Information for Readers
Introduction: Christian Theology as Story
The Opening Act: Conflicting Christian Visions in the Second Century
Critics & Cultists Cause Confusion
The Apostolic Fathers Explain the Way
The Apologists Defend the Faith
Irenaeus Exposes Heresies
The Plot Thickens: Third-Century Tensions & Transformations
North African Thinkers Examine Philosophy
Origen of Alexandria Leaves a Troubling Legacy
Cyprian of Carthage Promotes Unity
Christianity Gets Its Act Together
A Great Crisis Rocks the Church: The Controversy About the Trinity
Alexandrians Argue About the Son of God
The Church Responds at the Council of Nicea
Athanasius Stubbornly Keeps the Faith
The Cappadocian Fathers Settle the Issue
Another Crisis Shakes the Church: The Conflict Over the Person of Christ
The Schools of Antioch & Alexandria Clash over Christ
Nestorius & Cyril Bring the Controversy to a Head
Chalcedon Protects the Mystery
Fallout from the Conflict Continues
A Tale of Two Churches: The Great Tradition Divides Between East & West
Augustine Confesses God's Glory & Human Depravity
The Western Church Becomes Roman Catholic
The Eastern Church Becomes Eastern Orthodox
The Great Schism Creates Two Traditions Out of One
The Saga of the Queen of Sciences: Scholastics Revive & Enthrone Theology
Anselm & Abelard Speculate About God's Ways
Thomas Aquinas Summarizes Christian Truth
Nominalists, Reformers & Humanists Challenge the Scholastic Synthesis
A New Twist in the Narratives: The Western Church Reforms & Divides
Luther Rediscovers the Gospel & Divides the Church
Zwingli & Calvin Organize Protestant Thought
Anabaptists Go Back to the Roots of Christianity
Rome & Canterbury Go Separate But Parallel Ways
The Center of the Story Falls Apart: Protestants Follow Diverse Paths
Arminians Attempt to Reform Reformed Theology
Pietists Seek to Renew Lutheran Theology
Puritans & Methodists Struggle to Revive English Theology
Deists Try to Transform Protestant Theology
The Overall Plots Divides: Liberals & Conservatives Respond to Modernity
Liberal Theology Accommodates to Modern Culture
Conservative Theology Hardens Traditional Categories
Neo-Orthodoxy Transcends the Divide
Contemporary Theology Struggles with Diversity
Conclusion: The Unfinished Story & Its Future
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