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Historical Theology: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine Hardcover – April 24, 2011
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Following a topical-chronological structure, and using Wayne Grudem's Systematic Theology as a template, this book traces the historical development of the most significant Evangelical doctrines from the early church, into the Middle Ages, across the Reformation and post-Reformation eras, and through the modern period. Unlike the vast majority of historical theology books, it is first arranged topically---chapters treat the inspiration of Scripture, the Trinity, the atonement, the Holy Spirit, justification, the nature of the church, and the final judgment and eternal punishment; thirty-three doctrines in all---then developed chronologically, with each doctrine traced through the four periods. Limiting references to the most significant church leaders, biblical scholars, and theologians who have contributed to the development of these doctrines, the book cites the actual words of Cyprian, Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, Calvin, Barth, and others to stimulate a sense of connection with the past. Moreover, it carefully documents the most accessible references from which the citations are taken, for the purpose of making further study as easy as possible.
About the Author
Gregg Allison (PhD) is Professor of Christian Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky where he teaches systematic theology. Previously he served on Cru staff at the University of Notre Dame and overseas in Italy and the Italian-speaking region of Switzerland. He is a pastor of Sojourn Community Church, and is the theological strategist for Sojourn Network, a church planting network of about thirty churches. He is the author of Historical Theology: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine; Sojourners and Strangers: The Doctrine of the Church; and Roman Catholic Theology and Practice: An Evangelical Assessment.
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Historical Theology is patterned after Wayne Grudem's, Systematic Theology and follows a topical-chronological framework that makes studying historical theology a real delight. For those familiar with historical theology, a discipline that is often presented in a dull and dreary manner, Allison's work is a gift that will be utilized and appreciated by many Bible students and pastors.
Historical Theology is arranged in seven sections:
Part 1: The Doctrine of the Word of God
Part 2: The Doctrine of God
Part 3: The Doctrine of Humanity
Part 4: The Doctrines of Christ and the Holy Spirit
Part 5: The Doctrine of the Application of Redemption
Part 6: The Doctrine of the Church
Part 7: The Doctrine of the Future
Each section follows a predictable pattern that moves readers through the respective doctrinal developments that begin with the early church and proceed to the middle ages, the Reformation, and the modern period.
The author presents historical developments in a fair and gracious manner. He alerts readers to matters that pertain to heretical proclivities as well as orthodox dogma.
Historical Theology will no doubt serve as the standard textbook in Bible College and Seminaries for many years to come.
Having taught with Gregg on historical theology for church planters and worked with him on various projects, I highly recommend his work. Dr. Allison understands the importance of historical theology for the day to day mission of the church. This volume will help deepen preaching, overcome our chronological bias and build God's people in the faith. Highly recommended.
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