An Introduction to Christian Theology

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Far from being solely an academic enterprise, the practice of theology can pique the interest of anyone who wonders about the meaning of life. Inviting readers on a journey of "faith seeking understanding," this introduction to Christian theology-its basic concepts, confessional content, and history-emphasizes the relevance of the key convictions of Christian faith to the challenges of today's world.

In the first part, this book introduces the project of Christian theology and sketches the critical context that confronts Christian through and practice today. In the second part, it offers a survey of the key doctrinal themes of Christian theology-including revelation, the triune God, and the world as creation-identifying their biblical basis and the highlights of their historical development before giving a systematic evaluation of each theme. The third part provides an overview of Christian theology from the early to the present.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521690379
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/18/2010
  • Series: Introduction to Religion Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 654
  • Sales rank: 660,906
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard J. Plantinga is Professor of Religion at Calvin College. He is the editor of Christianity and Plurality: Classic and Contemporary Readings (1999).

Thomas R. Thompson is Professor of Religion at Calvin College. He is the editor of The One in the Many: Christian Identity in a Multicultural World (1998).

Matthew D. Lundberg is Associate Professor of Religion at Calvin College.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations ix

List of tables and figures xi

Preface xiii

Acknowledgments xvii

Abbreviations xix

Part I Introduction to Theology 1

1 What is theology? 3

2 The critical context of theology today 27 l Part II Key Themes of Christian Theology 47

3 Revelation and knowledge of God 49

4 A tale of two theisms 77

5 The triune God 109

6 The world as creation 147

7 Humanity in the image of God and the disfigurement of sin 180

8 The problem of evil and the question of theodicy 204

9 The identity and person of Jesus Christ 227

10 The reconciling work of Jesus Christ 257

11 The person and work of the Holy Spirit 284

12 Dimensions of salvation 313

13 The church and its mission 334

14 Christianity in a global context 359

15 Hope and the future 386

Part III Historical Survey of Christian Theology 417

16 Theology in the patristic era (c. 100-500) 419

17 Theology in the Middle Ages (c. 500-1400) 451

18 Theology in the Reformation period (c. 1400-1700) 479

19 Theology in modernity (c. 1700-1960) 507

20 Theology in the contemporary period (c. 1960-present) 543

Theological glossary 575

Bibliography 605

Index 626

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