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Learning Theology with the Church Fathers Paperback – September 16, 2002
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I guess my qualm is more with what I expected thebook ot be based upon teh fathers and not with the book as such, but the title should really be something more like "Selected themes from selected fathers". But who, besides geeks like me, would read a book with that title?
Enjoy the read!
One of the strengths of the book for which Hall deserves commendation is the range of the audience for whom he has written. Although he assumes that it might serve as an introduction for seminary students, it does not replace the classic introductory textbooks on patristics, such as J. N. D. Kelley's Early Christian Doctrine or Francis Young's From Nicaea to Chalcedon. Hall is not interested in explaining the historical development of Christian doctrine.Read more ›
Book 1 - Reading Scripture with the Church Fathers (examination of various hermeneutical methods, focusing upon the differing schools of Alexandria and Antioch).
Book 3 (forthcoming) - Praying with the Church Fathers (deals with sacramentology and pietism among other things).
This second book details with the basic components of theology, showing how the fathers wrestled through the major issues. HOWEVER, this book does not detail all the major players. Hall instead has opted to take the major names associated with the various positions and deal with those two (or three) in detail, rather than having to paint broad strokes about everyone.
Among the issues are:
(1) Christ the Son, Begotten and Not Made
(2) Mystery and Wonder of the Trinity
(3) Christ Divine and Human
(4) Holy Spirit
(5) Sin, Grace and the Human Condition
(7) The Sacred Scriptures
(8) One Holy, Apostolic Church
(9) Resurrection and Eternal Life
One of the things I like best about this book is its broad appeal. It not only deals with the heady theological problems, but also seeks to affect the heart as well. Consequently, whether you're well versed in historical theology or not, you should read this book (meditatively) at least once. You will not regret it.
It is not "easy beliveism" but is rich with the words of the Apostles and those who sat at their feet.
Both comforting and challenging, it is a most valuable resource for a serious seeker.
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