"Clear and even-handed. . . . Conservative readers will find this a challenging introduction to the theological discussion, but they will be heartened by its judgments. Liberal readers will contest some of its assumptions, but they will respect its full engagement with alternatives." (Religious Studies Review)
"An outstanding introduction: its explanations are lucid and its coverage is comprehensive." (FRANCIS SCHÜSSLER FIORENZA, Harvard Divinity School)
Stanley J. Grenz (1950-2005) earned a B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1973, an M.Div. from Denver Seminary in 1976 and a D.Theol. From the University of Munich (Germany) in 1978, where completed his dissertation under the supervision of Wolfhart Pannenberg.
Ordained into the gospel ministry in 1976, Grenz worked within the local church context as a youth director and assistant pastor (Northwest Baptist Church, Denver), pastor (Rowandale Baptist Church, Winnipeg), and interim pastor. In addition he preached and lectured in numerous churches, colleges, universities and seminaries in North America, Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia.
Grenz wrote or cowrote twenty-five books, the most recent of which is Rediscovering the Triune God: The Trinity in Contemporary Theology (2004). His other books include The Social God and the Relational Self: A Trinitarian Theology of the Imago Dei (Westminster John Knox), Beyond Foundationalism: Shaping Theology in a Postmodern Context (with John R. Franke; Westminster John Knox), The Moral Quest: Foundations of Christian Ethics (IVP), A Primer on Postmodernism (Eerdmans), Women in the Church: A Biblical Theology of Women in Ministry (with Denise Muir Kjesbo; IVP), Revisioning Evangelical Theology: A Fresh Agenda for the 21st Century (IVP), and The Millennial Maze: Sorting Out Evangelical Options (IVP). He has also coauthored several shorter reference and introductory books for IVP, including Who Needs Theology? An Invitation to the Study of God (with Roger E. Olson), Pocket Dictionary of Ethics (with Jay T. Smith), and Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms (with David Guretzki and Cherith Fee Nordling). He contributed articles to more than two dozen other volumes, and has had published more than one hundred essays and eighty book reviews. These have appeared in journals such as Christianity Today, The Christian Century, Christian Scholar's Review, Theology Today and the Journal of Ecumenical Studies.
For twelve years (1990-2002), Grenz held the position of Pioneer McDonald Professor of Baptist Heritage, Theology and Ethics at Carey Theological College and at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. After a one-year sojourn as Distinguished Professor of Theology at Baylor University and Truett Seminary in Waco, Texas (2002-2003), he returned to Carey and resumed his duties as Pioneer McDonald Professor of Theology. In 2004 he assumed an additional appointment as Professor of Theological Studies at Mars Hill Graduate School in Seattle, Washington.
Roger E. Olson (PhD, 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 & Diversityand The Westminster Handbook to Evangelical Theology. 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), and of The Trinity (with Christopher A. Hall).
Required purchase for college course. Interesting and informative, but tends to bias on the side of liberalism. Contains useful concepts as to contextualization. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Laura L. Galland
I found this one a little hard to follow. The information was presented in a manner that was difficult for me to assimilate.Published on August 1, 2013 by Roberta Rogers
Written in the early 1990's, one would think that after nearly 20 years Grenz and Olson's book would have been supplanted numerous times, either by new editions from the authors... Read morePublished on March 25, 2009 by Derrick A. Peterson
This is a great introduction to 20th century theology. I thought that it must be good to receive endorsements from both Pinnock and Packer, but I was surprised at how fairly the... Read morePublished on April 10, 2008 by L. Newton
It is a good survey that touches major trends from a broad-minded evangelical perspective. Grenz is somewhat of a postmodern guru among evangelicals, so his take on this subject... Read morePublished on September 12, 2004 by D. Kam