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The story of Christian theology has often been divisive and disjointed.
Providing this companion volume to his earlier work The Story of Christian Theology, Roger E. Olson thematically traces the contours of Christian belief down through the ages, revealing a pattern of both unity and diversity. He finds a consensus of teaching that is both unitive and able to incorporate a faithful diversity when not forced into the molds of false either-or alternatives.
The mosaic that emerges from Olson's work displays a mediating evangelical theology that is nonspeculative and irenic in spirit and tone. Specifically written with the nonspecialist in mind, Olson has masterfully sketched out the contours of Christian faith with simplicity while avoiding oversimplification.
Introduction: The Need for a "Both-And" Theology
1. Christian Belief: Unity and Diversity
2. Sources and Norms of Christian Belief: One and Many
3. Divine Revelation: Universal and Particular
4. Christian Scripture: Divine Word and Human Words
5. God: Great and Good
6. God: Three and One
7. Creation: Good and Fallen
8. Providence: Limited and Detailed
9. Humanity: Essentially Good and Existentially Estranged
10. Jesus Christ: God and Man
11. Salvation: Objective and Subjective
12. Salvation: Gift and Task
13. The Church: Visible and Invisible
14. Life Beyond Death: Continuity and Discontinuity
15. The Kingdom of God: Already and Not Yet
Posted July 18, 2009
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I would recommend this book for anyone looking for a basic and balanced view of Christian theology. It was helpful in understanding Christian beliefs from a historical and biblical perspective. Olson was careful to give an unbiased overview before sharing his opinion on a subject.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.