Christian Theology: An Introduction / Edition 4

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Alister McGrath’s internationally-acclaimed Christian Theology: An Introduction is one of the most widely used textbooks in Christian theology. Fully revised and featuring lots of new material, this fourth edition provides an unparalleled introduction to 2,000 years of Christian thought.

  • A fully revised new edition of the bestselling introductory textbook in Christian theology
  • Features new sections on monastic schools of theology, the English Reformation, and Radical Orthodoxy
  • Includes increased discussion of women in the early Church, feminist theology, Eastern Orthodox theology and history, and Catholic teachings on the Doctrine of the Church
  • Incorporates user-friendly key terms sections, and study questions
  • Supported by a website at, containing additional lecturer resources.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405153607
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/18/2006
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 568
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Alister E. McGrath is Professor of Historical Theology at Oxford University, and Senior Research Fellow at Harris Manchester College, Oxford. He is a world-renowned theologian, and is the author of numerous bestselling titles available through Blackwell Publishing, including The Christian Theology Reader 3rd edition (2007), Theology: The Basics (2004), Christianity: An Introduction 2nd edition (2006), A Brief History of Heaven (2003), and Dawkins’ God (2004).

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
To The Reader: How to Use this Work
Pt. I Landmarks: Periods, Themes, and Personalities of Christian Theology
Introduction 3
1 The Patristic Period, c.100-451 5
A Clarification of Terms 7
An Overview of the Patristic Period 8
Key Theologians 10
Key Theological Developments 14
2 The Middle Ages and the Renaissance, c.1000-c.1500 26
A Clarification of Terms 29
Key Theologians 42
Key Theological Developments 48
3 The Reformation and Post-Reformation Periods, c.1500-c.1700 55
A Clarification of Terms 57
Key Theologians 63
Key Theological Developments 66
The Post-Reformation Movement: Confessionalism and Scholasticism 68
Pietism 73
4 The Modern Period, c.1700-the Present 76
The Enlightenment 78
Theological Movements since the Enlightenment 86
Pt. II Sources and Methods
5 Getting Started: Preliminaries 117
A Working Definition of Theology 117
The Architecture of Theology 119
The Question of Prolegomena 123
The Nature of Faith 125
Can God's Existence be Proved? 129
The Nature of Theological Language 134
Commitment and Neutrality in Theology 143
Orthodoxy and Heresy 145
6 The Sources of Theology 151
The Idea of Revelation 151
Models of Revelation 154
Natural Theology: Its Scope and Limits 158
Scripture 163
Reason 182
Tradition 188
Religious experience 192
Pt. III Christian Theology
7 The Doctrine of God 205
Is God Male? 205
A Personal God 207
Can God Suffer? 213
The Omnipotence of God 222
God in Process Thought 227
Theodicies: The Problem of Evil 228
God as Creator 233
The Holy Spirit 240
8 The Doctrine of the Trinity 247
The Biblical Foundations of the Trinity 248
The Historical Development of the Doctrine: The Terms 249
The Historical Development of the Doctrine: The Ideas 250
Two Trinitarian Heresies 256
The Trinity: Four Models 257
The filioque Controversy 266
9 The Doctrine of the Person of Christ 270
The Relation between Christology and Soteriology 270
The Place of Jesus Christ in Christian Theology 272
New Testament Christological Affirmations 275
The Patristic Debate over the Person of Christ 281
Models of Divine Presence in Christ 294
10 Faith and History: A New Christological Agenda 309
The Enlightenment and Christology 309
The Problem of Faith and History 313
The Quest of the Historical Jesus 316
The Resurrection of Christ: Event and Meaning 327
11 The Doctrine of Salvation in Christ 337
Christian Approaches to Salvation 337
The Foundations of Salvation: The Cross of Christ 341
The Nature of Salvation in Christ 360
The Scope of Salvation in Christ 364
12 The Doctrines of Human Nature, Sin, and Grace 369
The Place of Humanity within Creation 369
The Pelagian Controversy 371
The Concepts of Grace and Merit 377
The Doctrine of Justification by Faith 381
The Doctrine of Predestination 394
13 The Doctrine of the Church 405
The Early Development of Ecclesiology 405
Reformation Controversies 410
The Notes of the Church 417
14 The Doctrine of the Sacraments 427
The Definition of a Sacrament 428
The Donatist Controversy: Sacramental Efficacy 432
The Function of the Sacraments 433
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    Needs Some Work

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