A Brief History of Theology: From the New Testament to Feminist Theology

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A&C Black, 2008 - Religion - 290 pages
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A Brief History of Theology presents a fun, concise and informative introduction to a fascinating and challenging subject. This is the ideal book for students coming to theology for the first time, or anyone who just doesn't know where to start. The book examines 16 key thinkers and concepts, from the New Testament to Feminist Theology. It starts by considering some of the authors of New Testament writings and then focuses on thinkers of the western tradition of theological speculation, and devotes a significant amount of thought to consider 20th century thinkers and problems. This book puts all thinkers in their historical, social and cultural settings, emphasizing that theology is as much a reflection on the world we live in as it is on God.
 

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At first glance, it would seem impossible to write a history of Christian theology that runs only 300-odd pages. However, this book is not so much a history of theology as it is a sampling of key ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
St Paul
5
the Gospel Writers
20
a Father of the Church
34
Revelation and Reason
53
5 Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation
76
the two sides dig in
94
7 John Wesley and Evangelical Revival
121
11 Karl Barth and a Theology of the Word
188
12 Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Cost of Discipleship
204
13 Karl Rahner and Human Transcendence
216
14 Rosemary Radford Ruether and WomenChurch
232
15 Walter Brueggemann and the Biblical Imagination
247
16 Don Cupitt and Being Adrift
270
Conclusion
281
Further Reading
284

8 The Contexts of Modern Theology
139
9 Friedrich Schleiermacher and Religious Feeling
156
10 John Henry Newman and Catholic Renewal
171

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Derek Johnston is a retired teacher. He was Vice-Principal of Midleton College, Co Cork, Ireland, where he taught for over 30 years.

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