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Readings in Christian Thought: Second Edition Paperback – March 1, 1990
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If you start at the very beginning and read your whole way through you'll see a pattern that develops - the simplicity of the earliest writers grows in complexity but generally tends to retain its Christ-focused and high theology. During the Reformation, this seems to reach a high point in both theology and worship. This pattern stays fairly steady up until the end of the 18th century.
As Romanticism dawned, the selections slump downhill until the modern period. The last sections of the book are almost impossible, especially in contrast with the beauty and humility of the first sections. Kerr seems to be emphasizing how wonderful this ecumenical movement by showcasing all the various elements involved, but it really shows how man-focused the whole endeavor has become.
I give it four stars because he tips his hand throughout in the biographical sections that he does not like any form of scholasticism. There seems to be a general trend in modern scholarship that says any form of clarity in doctrine must mean a loss in other areas. My suspicion is that this philosophy is driven by a desire to de-emphasize doctrine so everybody can hold hands and sing songs. My criticism is that it is not scholaticism that's the problem, but man-centered thinking, whether it results in careful or sloppy thinking.
Other than this, it is a good introduction. I would like to see some people who believe the Bible to be true in the last two sections, but that's not the author's intent. I mean, come on! Who actually believes that stuff now a days?
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I received this just in time for class. Great price. A few more markings in the book then expected. Overall I am pleased. Thank you.Published 9 months ago by Aqila B
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I didn't like it because the book has loose pages. In other words the book is falling apart. But the book it also clean and I will say new in a way.Published on June 18, 2013 by Evelyn
This book provides an excellent overview to the development of thought and theology in the church. It begins in the era of the Apostolic Fathers and moves forward.Published on May 18, 2013 by Philip D. Girardin