The Story of Christian Theology: Twenty Centuries of Tradition & Reform

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InterVarsity Press, 1999 - Religion - 652 pages
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Voted a 2000 Book of the Year by Christianity Today! Winner of a year 2000 ECPA Gold Medallion Award! History is made up of stories--narratives that recount the events, movements, ideas and lives that have shaped religions and nations. Theologian Roger Olson believes that the history of Christian theology should be told as such a story, one replete with thick plots, exciting twists, interesting people and fascinating ideas. In this panoramic work of historical theology Olson vividly recounts the deeds and words of the cultists and apostolic fathers of the second century, the clash between the theological schools of Alexandria and Antioch, the epochal division between East and West, the revolutionary advent of the Reformation and much more, right on up to the dazzling, sometimes dismaying fallout that has continued to shake Christians through the twentieth century. Through it all Olson detects and traces a common thread: a concern for salvation--God's redemptive activity in forgiving and transforming sinful human beings. Evenhanded, refreshingly readable, impressive in its breadth and depth, The Story of Christian Theology is poised to become a standard historical theology text.
 

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As in all the books I've read so far by Olson, he is consistently precise while at the same time concise and clear. This book maintains that consistency and offers readers interested in the story of ... Read full review

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Professor Roger Olson's book may be considered by some appropriate only for collegiate and seminary study; however, his narrative format and lucid style has made this book a very successful study text ... Read full review

Contents

Conflicting Christian Visions
25
ThirdCentury Tensions
79
The Church Responds at the Council of Nicaea
151
Athanasius Stubbornly Keeps the Faith
161
The Cappadocian Fathers Settle the Issue
173
Nestorius Cyril Bring the Controversy to a Head
211
Chalcedon Protects the Mystery
222
Fallout from the Conflict Continues
236
Luther Rediscovers the Gospel Divides the Church
375
Zwingli Calvin Organize Protestant Thought
397
Anabaptists Go Back to the Roots of Christianity
414
Rome Canterbury Go Separate but Parallel Ways
429
Protestants
451
Pietists Seek to Renew Lutheran Theology
473
Puritans Methodists Struggle to Revive
493
Deists Try to Transform Protestant Theology
518

The Great Tradition
251
The Western Church Becomes Roman Catholic
278
The Eastern Church Becomes Eastern Orthodox
290
The Great Schism Creates Two Traditions Out of One
304
Scholastics Revive
311
Thomas Aquinas Summarizes Christian Truth
331
Nominalists Reformers Humanists Challenge
348
The Western
369
Liberals
533
Conservative Theology Hardens Traditional Categories
554
NeoOrthodoxy Transcends the Divide
570
Contemporary Theology Struggles with Diversity
590
The Unfinished Story Its Future
610
Indexes
643
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About the author (1999)

Roger E. Olson (Ph.D., Rice University) is professor of theology at George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He is the author of The Story of Christian Theology: Twenty Centuries of Tradition & Reform, The Mosaic of Christian Belief: Twenty Centuries of Unity & Diversity (both InterVarsity Press) and The Westminster Handbook to Evangelical Theology (Westminster John Knox). He is also coauthor of 20th-Century Theology: God & the World in a Transitional Age and Who Needs Theology? An Invitation to the Study of God (both with Stanley J. Grenz, InterVarsity Press), and of The Trinity (with Christopher A. Hall, Eerdmans).

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