Historical Theology: An Introduction to the History of Christian Thought

Historical Theology: An Introduction to the History of Christian Thought

by Alister E. McGrath

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Historical Theology: An Introduction to the History of Christian Thought by Alister E. McGrath

Freshly updated for this second edition with considerable new material, this authoritative introduction to the history of Christian theology covers its development from the beginnings of the Patristic period just decades after Jesus's ministry, through to contemporary theological trends.

  • A substantially updated new edition of this popular textbook exploring the entire history of Christian thought, written by the bestselling author and internationally-renowned theologian
  • Features additional coverage of orthodox theology, the Holy Spirit, and medieval mysticism, alongside new sections on liberation, feminist, and Latino theologies, and on the global spread of Christianity
  • Accessibly structured into four sections covering the Patristic period, the Middle Ages and Renaissance, the reformation and post-reformation eras, and the modern period spanning 1750 to the present day, addressing the key issues and people in each
  • Includes case studies and primary readings at the end of each section, alongside comprehensive glossaries of key theologians, developments, and terminology
  • Supported by additional resources available on publication at www.wiley.com/go/mcgrath

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118234341
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 05/08/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 674,094
File size: 811 KB

About the Author

Alister E. McGrath is the Head of the Centre for Theology, Religion&Culture at King's College London, having previously been Professor of Historical Theology at the University of Oxford. He is one of the world's leading Protestant theologians and has long been involved in theological education. McGrath is also the author of some of the most widely used theology textbooks, including the bestselling Christian Theology: An Introduction (2010, Wiley-Blackwell), now in its fifth edition. He is in constant demand as a speaker at conferences throughout the world.

Table of Contents

How to Use this Book xii

Introduction 1

The Concept of "Theology": A Brief Introduction 1

The Architecture of Theology 4

Historical Theology: Its Purpose and Place 8

1 The Patristic Period, c.100–451 16

A Clarifi cation of Terms 17

Difficulties in Approaching Patristic Theology 17

The Historical Background to Patristic Theology 18

Centers of Theological Reflection 22

Key Theologians 22

Key Theological Developments 26

Key Names, Words, and Phrases 35

Questions 35

Case Studies 36

2 The Middle Ages and the Renaissance, c.500–1500 77

On Defining the "Middle Ages" 78

Medieval Theological Landmarks in Western Europe 80

The Rise of Scholasticism 84

The Italian Renaissance 84

The Rise of Humanism 85

Medieval Theological Landmarks in Eastern Europe 86

Key Theologians 88

Key Theological Developments 93

Key Names, Words, and Phrases 98

Questions 98

Case Studies 98

3 The Reformation and Post-Reformation Periods, 1500–1750 124

Reformation – or Reformations? 125

A Clarification of Terms 126

Post-Reformation Movements 133

Key Theologians 136

Key Theological Developments 139

Developments in Theological Literature 141

Key Names, Words, and Phrases 146

Questions 146

Case Studies 146

4 The Modern Period, 1750 to the Present Day 182

A Cultural Watershed: The Enlightenment 184

The Enlightenment Critique of Christian Theology 184

Romanticism and the Critique of the Enlightenment 187

The Crisis of Faith in Victorian England 189

Postmodernism and a New Theological Agenda 190

Key Theologians 192

Some Recent Western Theological Movements and Trends 195

Key Names, Words, and Phrases 209

Questions 210

Case Studies 210

Where Next? 269

Details of Theologians 271

A Glossary of Theological Terms 276

For Further Reading 288

Sources of Citations 292

Index 297

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“Praise for the previous edition”

"This approach is very well-pitched for the intended readership, particularly those who are teaching themselves. Historical Theology is an excellent resource, both for the teacher and student." Morwenna Ludlow, St John's College, Oxford

"Perhaps for the first time an expansive and ecumenical survey of Christian Theology has been produced that can be read with the same ease as a serious but gripping novel... This book will serve as an invaluable tool: it locates theological innovation and controversy in its context-specific situation." G.W.P. McFarlane, London Bible College

“Useful in undergraduate courses, as well as in introductory seminary ones. McGrath’s prose is clear and precise. He is very good at articulating distinctions between concepts ... Historical Theology would be a valuable reference book to have in one’s library ... As one already hooked on historical theology, this reader found her interest renewed and expanded numerous times by McGrath’s book.”  The Journal of Religion (of the previous edition)

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