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ISBN-13: 978-0758613486 ISBN-10: 0758613482 Edition: 4 Revised

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Bengt Hägglund's excellent survey clearly highlights the problems and issues of each age, focusing on pivotal ideas and key thinkers who sought to convey God's truth. --Robert Rosin, Professor of Historical Theology, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri

Hägglund's ''History of Theology'' offers introductory classes a theologically and intellectually sound, well-designed survey of the literature and thought of the church . . . that conveys the entire history of doctrine from the Apostolic Fathers to the twentieth century. --Richard A. Muller, Professor of Historical Theology, Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Hägglund's ''History of Theology'' offers introductory classes a theologically and intellectually sound, well-designed survey of the literature and thought of the church . . . that conveys the entire history of doctrine from the Apostolic Fathers to the twentieth century. --Richard A. Muller, Professor of Historical Theology, Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Bengt Hägglund was professor of theology at the University of Lund, Sweden.

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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Concordia Publishing; 4 Revised edition (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758613482
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758613486
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Quentin D. Stewart on December 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Bengt Hagglund was and is one of the foremost Lutheran historical theologians of the latter half of the twentieth century. This is a very fine intro to theology as it developed over the ages beginning with the apostolic fathers through to the anti-Gnostic fathers such as Irenaeus and then moving on to such greats as St. Augustine. The major forms of scholastic thought are covered as is Luther's reformation breakthrough and the other major reformers before Hagglund discusses later developments in Lutheranism such as Lutheran Orthodoxy (1580 - 1725 A.D.) and Lutheran Pietism. Rarely will one encounter discussions of the Formula of Concord (1580) and Lutheran Orthodoxy in books written in English, so this is a helpful resource for Hagglund measured judgments. But Hagglund then gives sparser treatment on more recent theologians of the 19th century such as Schleiermacher before offering a brief discussion of early twentieth century theologians.

Hagglund's style is clear and concise and easy to understand. This is a good introductory text book to Christian theology as it developed. Hagglund is relatively fair and balanced, though many will not agree with all of his analyses. For example, his portrayal of Augustine's theology of salvation (soteriology)was far more convoluted than any of Augustine's major works on that subject. Hagglund may have been reading late medieval interpretations of Augustine back into the bishop of Hippo. Either way this is still a very fine resource.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Philip J. Bohlken on January 6, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book traces theology from the Early Church period through the Lutheran Reformation. People often wonder why different Christian groups differ from one another in belief. This book is a big help. Although not light reading, it shows how individual religious leaders emphasized some point in such a way that it bent what was taught and believed in various movements. It is a very good resource to have and to use.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bror Erickson VINE VOICE on May 11, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Hägglund is one of the great Lutheran theologians of the Twentieth Century. He graduated from the University of Lund in the 1950's and started work shortly after as a professor. This would make him part of the famous Lund School of Theology along such notables as Gustaf Aulen and Gustaf Wingren. I've never been disappointed by anything the guy has written.
"History of Theology" is no exception! I'm on my fourth read through of this book. I am also using it for a second time as the basis for a Bible study in my congregation. The neat thing is it lends itself easily to that, explaining things in a concise and easy to understand manner.
He treats the history of Christian thought in three sections:Early Church (Apostolic Fathers through Augustine), Middle Ages (Augustine to Luther), and the Modern Period (Reformation to Present.) The book is written as an overview of the thoughts and themes of the different eras, critiquing them from a distinctively Lutheran perspective, and not that of a liberal Lutheran either. It is light on dates and details concerning the life of different figures only focusing on those that are necessary for understanding the theological development of men such as Origen and Athanasius, but in this way it invites you to explore different episodes of Church History with greater understanding and insight. Great book, very well suited for introducing a congregation to their rich history.
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