A Concise History of Christian Thought

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A Concise History of Christian Thought offers a succinct, readable survey of key Christian thinkers and significant theological developments from the church's inception to the present. In addition to surveying over one hundred important Christian thinkers from Justin Martyr to Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI), the book also covers major creeds, councils, and documents. Representative extracts allow the reader to hear from each of the key thinkers in his or her own words.

After having sold more than 50,000 copies in its earlier editions, the current edition has been refined and updated throughout and includes new material on key contemporary thinkers. It will appeal to church leaders, interested laity, and students.

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Editorial Reviews

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Lane (historical theology, director of research, London Sch. of Theology; The Lion Christian Classics Collection) has written both a strong introductory text and a handy reference book surveying key Christian thinkers and theological developments from the Church's inception to the present day. He divides the work into five parts: "The Church Fathers to AD 500," "The Eastern Tradition," "The Medieval West," "Reformation and Reaction," and "Christian Thought in the Modern World." Each part provides an explanation of the period and cites primary works by leading thinkers of the period. The thinkers chosen include mainstream and well-known theologians as well as theologians of the ethnic minority, with each thinker not only described but quoted. This succinct yet comprehensive edition can be used by students and lay readers seeking a broad sweep of Christian theology throughout the centuries. It would be a valuable addition to all public library Christian theology history collections and a prized title for those libraries with readers needing a quick, understanding guide that lets the primary sources speak for themselves. Because this edition has been refined and updated throughout and includes new material on contemporary thinkers, it is also recommended for libraries owning the previous edition.-Leroy Hommerding, Fort Myers Beach P.L. Dist., FL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801031595
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/1/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 346
  • Sales rank: 293,411
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Tony Lane is professor of historical theology at the London School of Theology. He is the author of a number of books, including The Lion Christian Classics Collection, John Calvin: Student of the Church Fathers, and Justification by Faith in Catholic-Protestant Dialogue.
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Table of Contents

Pt. I The church of the fathers to A.D. 500 3
Greek philosophy 6
Apostolic fathers 8
Justin Martyr 10
Irenaeus 12
Tertullian 14
Clement of Alexandria 18
Origen 20
Cyprian 24
Eusebius of Caesarea 27
Council of Nicea (325) 28
Athanasius 31
Ephrem the Syrian 34
Cyril of Jerusalem 35
Cappadocian fathers 36
Council of Constantinople (381) 39
Ambrose 42
John Chrysostom 44
Jerome 45
Augustine 47
Cyril of Alexandria 53
Council of Ephesus (431) 56
Theodoret of Cyrus 58
Leo the Great 58
Council of Chalcedon (451) 60
Apostle's Creed 62
Pt. II The eastern tradition from A.D. 500 65
Dionysius the Areopagite 68
Council of Constantinople (553) 69
Maximus the Confessor 71
Council of Constantinople (680-81) 73
John of Damascus 74
Council of Nicea (787) 76
Simeon the new theologian 79
Gregory Palamas 80
Confession of Dositheus (1672) 82
Vladimir Lossky 84
Pt. III The medieval West (A.D. 500-1500) 87
Athanasian creed 91
Boethius 93
Council of Orange (529) 95
Benedict 97
Gregory the Great 100
John Scotus Erigena 103
Anselm 105
Peter Abelard 108
Bernard of Clairvaux 111
Peter Lombard 113
Joachim of Fiore 115
Fourth Lateran Council (1215) 116
Francis of Assisi 118
Bonaventure 120
Thomas Aquinas 122
John Duns Scotus 127
William of Ockham 129
Thomas Bradwardine 131
John Tauler 133
Catherine of Siena 134
John Wyclif 135
Jan Hus 138
Council of Florence (1438-45) 140
Thomas a Kempis 141
Gabriel Biel 143
Pt. IV Reformation and reaction (1500-1800) 147
Desiderius Erasmus 151
The Lutheran tradition 155
Martin Luther 155
Philip Melanchthon 160
Augsburg confession (1530) 162
Formula of Concord (1577) 164
Philip Jakob Spener 166
The reformed tradition 169
Ulrich Zwingli 169
Martin Bucer 172
John Calvin 174
Heinrich Bullinger 180
Heidelberg catechism (1563) 181
Jakob Arminius 183
Synod of Dort (1618-19) 185
Jonathan Edwards 187
The Anabaptists 189
Schleitheim confession (1527) 189
Menno Simons 191
The British reformation 193
William Tyndale 193
Thomas Cranmer 194
John Knox 197
Thirty-nine articles 199
Richard Hooker 200
William Perkins 203
Westminster confession 204
John Owen 207
Richard Baxter 208
Second London confession (1677) 210
John Bunyan 211
John and Charles Wesley 213
The Roman Catholic response 218
Gasparo Contarini 218
Ignatius Loyola 219
Council of Trent (1545-63) 221
Teresa of Avila 224
John of the Cross 226
Robert Bellarmine 228
Blaise Pascal 229
Pt. V Christian thought in the modern world (1800 onwards) 233
The liberals 237
Friedrich Schleiermacher 237
Albrecht Ritschl 240
Adolf von Harnack 242
Rudolf Bultmann 244
Paul Tillich 248
John Hick 250
The Evangelicals 253
Charles Finney 253
B. B. Warfield 255
G. C. Berkouwer 258
John Stott 260
Lausanne Congress (1974) 263
The new orthodoxy 268
Soren Kierkegaard 268
P. T. Forsyth 271
Karl Barth 272
Gustaf Aulen 278
Barmen declaration (1934) 280
Dietrich Bonhoeffer 281
Reinhold Niebuhr 285
Jurgen Moltmann 287
Wolfhart Pannenberg 290
Other developments 293
Process theology 293
Kosuke Koyama 296
John Mbiti 297
George Lindbeck 299
The Roman Catholics 302
John Henry Newman 302
Ineffabilis Deus (1854) 306
First Vatican Council (1869-70) 307
Munificentissimus Deus (1950) 310
Second Vatican Council (1962-65) 311
Karl Rahner 314
Hans Urs von Balthasar 317
Hans Kung 318
Gustavo Gutierrez 321
Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI 324
Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza 325
Catechism of the Catholic church (1994) 328
The ecumenical movement 329
World Council of Churches 329
Baptism, eucharist and ministry (1982) 333
Joint declaration on the doctrine of justification (1999) 334
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