Christian Theology: An Introduction / Edition 5

Christian Theology: An Introduction / Edition 5

by Alister E. McGrath
     
 

Alister McGrath's Christian Theology: An Introduction is one of the most internationally-acclaimed and popular Christian theology textbooks in use today. This 5th edition has been completely revised, and now features new and extended material, numerous additional illustrations, and companion resources, ensuring it retains its reputation as the

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Alister McGrath's Christian Theology: An Introduction is one of the most internationally-acclaimed and popular Christian theology textbooks in use today. This 5th edition has been completely revised, and now features new and extended material, numerous additional illustrations, and companion resources, ensuring it retains its reputation as the ideal introduction to Christian theology.

The revised 5th edition includes:

  • Entirely new sections exploring Copernicanism and Darwinism
  • Extended discussions of Augustine’s doctrine of creation, Trinitarian theologies of religion, and the relation of Christianity to other faiths
  • A number of additional illustrations and student-friendly features throughout
  • Retains the chapter structure of the 4th edition, ensuring comparatability with earlier editions and courses based on these
  • A fully updated website available at www.wiley.com/go/mcgrath, featuring new student resources such as study questions and additional lectures from Alister McGrath

Retaining its successful structure, but now expanded and updated to reflect invaluable reader feedback, Alister McGrath's Christian Theology offers an unparalleled introduction to the concepts and key developments of 2,000 years of Christian thought. It may be used as a stand-along volume, or alongside The Christian Theology Reader, 4th Edition for a complete overview of the subject.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781444335149
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/19/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
536
Sales rank:
126,745
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.10(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).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
To The Reader: How to Use this Work
Pt. ILandmarks: Periods, Themes, and Personalities of Christian Theology
Introduction3
1The Patristic Period, c.100-4515
A Clarification of Terms7
An Overview of the Patristic Period8
Key Theologians10
Key Theological Developments14
2The Middle Ages and the Renaissance, c.1000-c.150026
A Clarification of Terms29
Key Theologians42
Key Theological Developments48
3The Reformation and Post-Reformation Periods, c.1500-c.170055
A Clarification of Terms57
Key Theologians63
Key Theological Developments66
The Post-Reformation Movement: Confessionalism and Scholasticism68
Pietism73
4The Modern Period, c.1700-the Present76
The Enlightenment78
Theological Movements since the Enlightenment86
Pt. IISources and Methods
5Getting Started: Preliminaries117
A Working Definition of Theology117
The Architecture of Theology119
The Question of Prolegomena123
The Nature of Faith125
Can God's Existence be Proved?129
The Nature of Theological Language134
Commitment and Neutrality in Theology143
Orthodoxy and Heresy145
6The Sources of Theology151
The Idea of Revelation151
Models of Revelation154
Natural Theology: Its Scope and Limits158
Scripture163
Reason182
Tradition188
Religious experience192
Pt. IIIChristian Theology
7The Doctrine of God205
Is God Male?205
A Personal God207
Can God Suffer?213
The Omnipotence of God222
God in Process Thought227
Theodicies: The Problem of Evil228
God as Creator233
The Holy Spirit240
8The Doctrine of the Trinity247
The Biblical Foundations of the Trinity248
The Historical Development of the Doctrine: The Terms249
The Historical Development of the Doctrine: The Ideas250
Two Trinitarian Heresies256
The Trinity: Four Models257
The filioque Controversy266
9The Doctrine of the Person of Christ270
The Relation between Christology and Soteriology270
The Place of Jesus Christ in Christian Theology272
New Testament Christological Affirmations275
The Patristic Debate over the Person of Christ281
Models of Divine Presence in Christ294
10Faith and History: A New Christological Agenda309
The Enlightenment and Christology309
The Problem of Faith and History313
The Quest of the Historical Jesus316
The Resurrection of Christ: Event and Meaning327
11The Doctrine of Salvation in Christ337
Christian Approaches to Salvation337
The Foundations of Salvation: The Cross of Christ341
The Nature of Salvation in Christ360
The Scope of Salvation in Christ364
12The Doctrines of Human Nature, Sin, and Grace369
The Place of Humanity within Creation369
The Pelagian Controversy371
The Concepts of Grace and Merit377
The Doctrine of Justification by Faith381
The Doctrine of Predestination394
13The Doctrine of the Church405
The Early Development of Ecclesiology405
Reformation Controversies410
The Notes of the Church417
14The Doctrine of the Sacraments427
The Definition of a Sacrament428
The Donatist Controversy: Sacramental Efficacy432
The Function of the Sacraments433

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