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The Christian Theology Reader Paperback – February 15, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0631206378 ISBN-10: 063120637X Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 707 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 2 edition (February 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 063120637X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631206378
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,221,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In a time when Christians are increasingly ignorant of our own traditions, McGrath's efforts in his Introduction and this Reader are most welcome. Those who have found his Introduction a significant resource will undoubtedly also want to use his companion set of readings. Its great strength is the breadth of figures and topics treated, and we can hope that students who become acquainted with the riches in these brief selections will want to return to engage the primary sources in their fullness. Such engagements could offer an important sign of hope for Christianity's future." L. Gregory Jones, Duke University, North Carolina (of the previous edition)

"This anthology of extracts from primary sources will prove extremely useful for teaching historical and systematic theology. It is essential that students use primary sources, and a compromise has to be reached between undue expectations and snippets which are too brief to help. In the light of the author's introductions, the quotations are sufficiently substantial to be useful, yet remain within a compass which is realistic for undergraduate or theological college needs. I shall place it high on my book-lists for students". Anthony C. Thiselton, University of Nottingham (of the previous edition)

"The Christian Theology Reader brings the best primary sources to the theological inquirer." Gabriel Fackre, Andover Newton Theological School (of the previous edition) <!--end-->

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"In a time when Christians are increasingly ignorant of our own traditions, McGrath's efforts in his Introduction and this Reader are most welcome. Those who have found his Introduction a significant resource will undoubtedly also want to use his companion set of readings. Its great strength is the breadth of figures and topics treated, and we can hope that students who become acquainted with the riches in these brief selections will want to return to engage the primary sources in their fullness. Such engagements could offer an important sign of hope for Christianity's future." L. Gregory Jones, Duke University, North Carolina (of the previous edition)

"This anthology of extracts from primary sources will prove extremely useful for teaching historical and systematic theology. It is essential that students use primary sources, and a compromise has to be reached between undue expectations and snippets which are too brief to help. In the light of the author's introductions, the quotations are sufficiently substantial to be useful, yet remain within a compass which is realistic for undergraduate or theological college needs. I shall place it high on my book-lists for students". Anthony C. Thiselton, University of Nottingham (of the previous edition)

"The Christian Theology Reader brings the best primary sources to the theological inquirer." Gabriel Fackre, Andover Newton Theological School (of the previous edition) <!--end--> --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


More About the Author

Alister E. McGrath is a historian, biochemist, and Christian theologian born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. A longtime professor at Oxford University, he now holds the chair in theology, ministry, and education at the University of London. He is the author of several books on theology and history, including Christianity's Dangerous Idea, In the Beginning, and The Twilight of Atheism. He lives in Oxford, England, and lectures regularly in the United States.

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This book is a great resource for theology study and research.
Michael L. Russo
The excerpts from several different authors give a great overview of theological topics throughout history.
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This book is very easy to read and the selections are short, yet very informative.
Ryan Leack

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth G. Melillo VINE VOICE on November 4, 2000
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Alister McGrath's collections of readings are excellent reference works for anyone wishing a comprehensive, genuinely pluralistic study of the development of Christian theology. Particularly because many Christians have a limited scope, based entirely on one "school" or tradition, this book, and its highly readable companion volume, is enriching and enlightening. Since the books do not presume a knowledge of the various writers (as would many theology texts), but present a continuous historical perspective, either the student of religious studies, the historian, or one merely seeking to enrich his understanding of Christianity will find these texts "fill in the blanks" of the great richness in Christian thought throughout two millennia.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lekesha Williams on February 12, 2010
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Wow is all I can say. I order books from amazon on a constant basis and none have come close to this one. I love how it is sectioned off into short chapters jammed pack with 1) info including an introduction and background for the writing, 2) the original excerpt from the writing, 3) comments that further explain or sum up the excerpt, 4) questions at the end so you can research some more on your own. I love it, especially the fact that each lesson (there's 362 lesson by the way) are ALL short, limited to 1-2 pages. This is perfect for those with wandering minds like myself to fit a solid lesson in a day with full concentration. I've even managed to keep a notebook in which I dedicate one page to each lesson, leaving room so I can come back and add things I learn later on. I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO EVERYONE.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Leack on April 22, 2007
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Even if you know nothing about Christianity, upon finishing this anthology you will know all of the major debates and ideas that have been the foundation of the religion. I would recommend this book to everyone, for all should be educated about the world's major religions, like Christianity and Islam, which have billions of followers worldwide. This book is very easy to read and the selections are short, yet very informative. Their are also study questions and summarizations for extra knowledge. McGrath has a talent for making Christianity understood.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Violet J. Berry on January 27, 2013
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This text is required for my Master's Degree class in Christian Leadership. McGrath has done a great job in his selection of readings. He has them grouped so you don't have to scan the whole book to find what you need and the readings cover a lot of religious thought and other important information. This is a good book to put in your personal library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Gallen VINE VOICE on December 16, 2010
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"The Christian Theology Reader" is a helpful collection of excerpts of theological writings from throughout the Christian era. Organized into ten topics, it enables the reader to seed differing perspectives ranging from the interplay between philosophy and theology through to the Last Things. Reading from cover to cover provides the reader with an overview of much of Theological thought.

I found this book to be interesting in that it brings to the page writings that I have heard spoken of but have rarely actually seen. On the question of the proof of the existence of God we are able to read the explanations of St. Anselm, and Guanilo' response thereto, along with later proofs such as those by St. Thomas Aquinas, Rene Descartes and Blaise Pascal. By reading the works of saints and scholars about whom I knew little more than their names I was able get some sense of why they were important and to what issues. The ability to compare and contrast conflicting opinions helps the reader to better understand each point of view.

The list of "Conciliar, Creedal and Confessional Material" and the "Glossary of Theological Terms" at the end help to put the selections into context. My one complaint about this book is that it rarely identifies the denominations of the authors, thereby making it more difficult to determine the authority to be attributed to each. Checking the "Details of Theologians" in the back would have eliminated much of the uncertainty. I recommend that the reader consult it as he goes along, rather than reading it in turn at the end, as I did. Having read it through I plan to keep it as a reference for when I want to revisit a particular question or the work of a particular scholar.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andy Woodruff on April 9, 2009
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McGrath, having earned advanced degree's in both Science and Theology from Oxford Universtiy, provides a unique perspective on the subject of Theology and its development over the last 2000 years. He does the service of providing an extensive overview of each of the main topics in Theology by providing key writings throughout the history of the church which contributed to each topic. An invaluable book to have for those who wish to understand Christian thought and its evolution over time.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Kim on August 1, 2006
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The most impressive part of the context is the laying down a foundation for the readers and students to acquire the necessary backbround of the Christian theology in order for them to have comprehensive understanding of the main part, the Christian theology. By means of attrackting the readers with the Christian history which is related to the main core of this book, the writer of this book gets the reader to challenge to the rest of the parts, that is the goal of the reader to get to the deepest spot of the theology. Thank you.
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