The Essence of Christian Thought: Seeing Reality through the Biblical Story

The Essence of Christian Thought: Seeing Reality through the Biblical Story

by Roger E. Olson


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Christians disagree on doctrine, politics, church government, certain moral questions—just about everything under the sun, it can seem. Yet a unity remains, centered around a core outlook on God and the world that is common to all believers.

Or at least, such an outlook should unite Christians of all theological and church backgrounds. However, alternate visions of reality often infect and corrupt Christians’ thinking.

In The Essentials of Christian Thought, eminent theologian and church historian Roger Olson outlines the basic perspective on the world that all Christians, regardless of the place and time in which they are born, have historically held. This underlying metaphysic accords with all orthodox theologies, whether Calvinist or Arminian, Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, or Protestant, but it separates Christianity from other religious and secular perspectives. It is, quite simply, the essential requirement of a Christian view of the world.

Bold and incisive, The Essentials of Christian Thought will prompt thoughtful readers and students to more consciously appropriate the core of their faith, guarding against ideas that subtly but necessarily invite compromise.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310521556
Publisher: Zondervan Academic
Publication date: 03/14/2017
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 596,266
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Roger E. Olson (Ph D, Rice University) is professor of theology at George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University. He is the author of many books, including Questions to All Your Answers: The Journey from Folk Religion to Examined Faith; Reformed and Always Reforming: The Postconservative Approach to Evangelical Theology; and How to Be Evangelical without Being Conservative.

Table of Contents

1.Everyone has a “Blik” (A Basic Perspective on Life and Reality)
2.The Components of Every Developed Blik
3.Why Bliks Cannot Be Proven by Reason or Evidence
4.How Bliks Can be Evaluated Anyway
5.The Christian Blik in a Nutshell
6.The God-centeredness of the Christian Blik
7.The Humanism of the Christian Blik
8.Good and Evil in the Christian Blik
9.The Christian Blik about Nature and the “Supernatural”
10.The Christian Blik and Life after Death
Appendix: The Christian Blik in the Arts and Sciences

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Just as war is too serious to be left to generals, so philosophy is too important to be left to philosophers. At least philosophy in the hands of a theologian like Roger Olson is too important to be left to philosophers. Though my understanding of philosophy is not the same as Olson’s, I learned much from his stimulating account. — Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Emeritus Professor of Divinity and Law, Duke University

Olson offers his readers a timely and powerful defense of a distinctively
Christian metaphysics and teases out its implications for theology, apologetics, and cultural dialogue. It is a rich and rewarding read and will do much to reassure its readers of the intellectual credentials of the Christian faith. — Alister E. Mc Grath, Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion, University of Oxford

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