Historical Theology: An Introduction to the History of Christian Thought 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0631208440
ISBN-10: 0631208445
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Editorial Reviews


"This approach is very well-pitched for the intended readership, particularly those who are teaching themselves. Historical Theology is an excellent resource, both for the teacher and student." Morwenna Ludlow, St John's College, Oxford

"Perhaps for the first time an expansive and ecumenical survey of Christian Theology has been produced that can be read with the same ease as a serious but gripping novel... This book will serve as an invaluable tool: it locates theological innovation and controversy in its context-specific situation." G.W.P. McFarlane, London Bible College

"The book clearly would be useful in undergraduate courses, as well as in introductory seminary ones. McGrath's prose is clear and precise. He is very good at articulating distinctions between concepts... Historical Theology would be a valuable reference book to have in one's library. It would certainly be helpful when preparing to teach survey courses requiring a component of history of theology, especially for those periods of which one has only cursory knowledge... As one already hooked on historical theology, this reader found her interest renewed and expanded numerous times by McGrath's book. Historical Theology should be able to accomplish its primary purpose, that is, to introduce newcomers to 'historical theology as an important and interesting subject'." Jane E. Strohl, The Journal of Religion

From the Back Cover

Historical Theology provides all the material that students will need to understand the development of Christian theology from its beginnings. A substantial introduction by McGrath explains the importance of historical theology, its place within the study of Christian theology as a whole and outlines some of the best ways of studying it.

The book features numerous case studies illustrating the main theologians and theological events for each historical period, enabling the reader to engage fully with a particular topic of debate. It also provides its readers with full glossaries of key theologians, key theological developments, and key names, words and phrases, together with an extensive bibliography.

Product details

  • Publisher : Wiley-Blackwell; 1st edition (May 18, 1998)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 388 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0631208445
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0631208440
  • Item Weight : 1.58 pounds
  • Dimensions : 6.8 x 1.22 x 9.72 inches
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4.0 out of 5 stars Informative, readable and very useful - but the repetition...!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff
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