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Theologian Trading Cards Book Supplement – November 24, 2012
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-Scot McKnight, Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies, North Park University
"These Theologian Trading Cards are a great way to learn more about Christian theology. Combining pithy facts about great thinkers past and present with the appeal of the trading card format makes these instant collectors items with a high theology-nerd value. Never has Church History been so much fun!"
-Oliver D. Crisp, Professor of Systematic Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary
"Theologian Trading Cards makes me MAD, for two reasons: 1) I didn't think of it first, and 2) I'm not one of the theologians! But seriously, this is fantastic. 300 theologians and philosophers broken into 15 teams. Everyone from Wittgenstein to Augustine to Bacon to Ephrem the Syrian. The set is helpful and fun."
-Tony Jones, Author, Theologian, Church Consultant
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The product's virtue comes from its very nature. The idea of theologian trading cards is probably something that only theology buffs would have considered before. Still, these are the first cards of their kind and thus have a nice novelty about them.
One of the major problems comes from there being no art on several of the cards. Only a blank silhouette is provided with a question mark on it. This comes across as lazy given that a simple Google image search provides many pictures of those such as Tertullian. Surely some of the art is old enough that permission would not even be needed for its use? Some of the card's art is just a simple sketch that is so laughably bad that even this reviewer (who has no artistic skill) could do better. Also, color on some of the art would have been appreciated.
Some of the choices of who got cards and who did not are vexing. I'm an instructor of systematic theology for a seminary and have never even heard of Rosemary Radford Ruether. That in itself would be completely understandable if other far more influential thinkers had been included but were not. Where is Pope Leo X, Pope Alexander VI, Arnold Fruchtenbaum, Charles Ryrie or Cornelius Van Til?
Some of the team placement comes across a tad arbitrary. Why is Jakob Arminius on a team with John Calvin that is called the "Geneva SOVEREIGNS?" (emphasis added) Is it only because he was a student of Beza?
Even with these criticisms in mind I do not regret purchasing the product and would encourage anyone who is a theology geek to buy some.
The cards have a glossy finish with colorful borders surrounding black and white photographs, or more frequently classic portraits or artists' depictions of the various characters. The 288 individuals highlighted in this set span all of Christian church history from the early second century down to influential theologians and philosophers today. Just like a typical sports card, the back of each card gives biographical information and details the significance of the "player." It isn't stats that are given pride of place, however, instead the series highlights influential works, famous events and the martyrdom of the various "athletes."
The set of cards is divided into several "teams" or groupings of characters by theme, era or some other distinguishing factor. Some of these teams seem a bit of a stretch when you see who makes up that particular team, and others make you wonder why they were included in a set of "theologian" trading cards. But for the most part, the groupings are understandable. I'll list them below:
Orthodoxy Dodgers (Heretics)
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I wish they would have included some more modern-day theologians such as John Walvoord, Dwight D Pentecost, Charles Ryrie, Wayne Grudem, John Piper, etc. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Cinder89
I gave this to my brother as a Christmas gift. He spent hours looking through each card, sorting them. Seriously, I was shocked at the entertainment value this possessed for him!Published 20 months ago by PerpetualPonderings
I really wanted to like this, if only for the novel idea of theologians in a fun card format, but there are just too many negative disappointments that I had to give this a... Read morePublished on December 30, 2013 by Amazon Customer
The Theologian Trading Cards set is a great way to learn about theology and church history. As someone who has collected Magic cards and hockey cards, the format appeals to me. Read morePublished on December 30, 2013 by Canuck Monk
I bought these as a gift for my son in law and he loved them! He is working on his Phd in history. I couldnt be happier with my purchase.Published on September 4, 2013 by Tina V. Kelley
These are a unique aid for those teaching or learning Church History. I learned some names I was not familiar with (and I have a master's from Harvard!), so I'd recommend them.Published on August 27, 2013 by Richard Zeile
It was great to experience the perspective of Church history from a card game. Excellent learning tool. Thank you very much.Published on August 20, 2013 by Amazon Customer
There is nothing like reminders of history. They bring to remembrance all sort of feelings, when you first read about religious events, etc. Read morePublished on July 8, 2013 by D. Stewart