The Survivor's Guide to Theology

The Survivor's Guide to Theology

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by M. James Sawyer
     
 

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The ideal handbook to theological study. Survey of backgrounds, theological method,major theological traditions, important individuals, theological glossary and discussion of theological methodology. The Survivor's Guide to Theology provides the beginner with a survey of the theological landscape as well as functioning as a ready reference tool that takes the place

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The ideal handbook to theological study. Survey of backgrounds, theological method,major theological traditions, important individuals, theological glossary and discussion of theological methodology. The Survivor's Guide to Theology provides the beginner with a survey of the theological landscape as well as functioning as a ready reference tool that takes the place of an entire bookshelf of single purpose works. The perspective is descriptive and balanced.

Editorial Reviews

Dr. Daniel B. Wallace
Of the very few books that I keep on my desk, this is one of them. It is the only theological work that is that close at hand. Sawyer is fair, engaging, and straightforward. When I need to know more about a particular theological viewpoint, or theologian of the past two millennia, Survivor’s Guide is always what I reach for first. It has never disappointed. It’s almost as if Sawyer has anticipated my questions, for his articulations are just what I am looking for.
Dr. Sam Storms
The Survivor’s Guide to Theology is a truly unique and extremely helpful book. It provides the reader with a richly-informed and blended approach to theology that addresses crucial issues from a variety of perspectives: methodological, biographical, historical, philosophical, and systematic. His interpretation of the various traditions and their representative theologians is fair and informative. And unlike many who have written similar volumes, his writing style is clear and engaging. Hi
Dr. Michael Bauman
M. James Sawyer's Survivor's Guide to Theology is informative, but never pedantic; traditional, but never hidebound; entertaining, but never trivial; and relevant, but never faddish. It's an enormously useful guide to doing theology well. Look here for an accessible and reliable introduction to theological method and language, on the one hand, and for a detailed yet readable guide to the lay of the theological landscape, past and present, on the other. It's a compass, a guidebook, a map, and a t
Dr. Glen G. Scorgie
Sawyer has effectively created a tidy theological reference library in one volume. From dispensationalism to liberation theology, from Charles Wesley to Paul Tillich, and from epistemology to Eucharist, Sawyer capably and evenhandedly delivers the big picture. We anticipate many grateful readers.
Dr. Eric Sorenson
The Survivor’s Guide to Theology is a rare jewel among the crowded array of theology books.The book serves a unique purpose and fills an empty slot on the book shelf since it is neither a traditional systematic theology nor a history of Christian doctrine.Sawyer’s book is not your traditional textbook for it tells a story. Sawyer orients the reader using metaphor’s that make the heaviness of theological inquiry more accessible, without dumbing down its complexity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940014553087
Publisher:
SacredSaga Press
Publication date:
04/18/2012
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

M. James Sawyer (Ph.D., Dallas Theological Seminary) has taught theology for over twenty-five years at the seminary level. He is currently Director of Sacred Saga ministries in the San Francisco Bay area. He also serves as Professor of Theological Studies at Pacific Islands Evangelical Seminary in Guam. He also teaches regularly at seminaries, and colleges overseas equipping Christian leaders for ministry. He is the author of Taxonomic Charts of Theology and Biblical Studies, Charles Augustus Briggs and Tensions in Late Nineteenth Century American Theology, co-author of Reinventing Jesus?, and co-editor of Who’s Afraid of the Holy Spirit?

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From his wealth of experience as a respected professor of theology, and with a good mentor¿s sensitivity to a student¿s budget, Sawyer has effectively created a tidy theological reference library in one volume. It concisely covers all the basic introductory issues, orients beginners to the main traditions of doing theology, profiles the major thinkers, explains terminology essential to theological literacy, and concludes with an extensive annotated bibliography. By my calculation, that¿s just about five volumes in one! From dispensationalism to liberation theology, from Charles Wesley to Paul Tillich, and from epistemology to eucharist, Sawyer capably and even-handedly delivers the big picture. We anticipate many grateful readers. With the help of this volume, young theologians will not only survive but thrive!