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

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InterVarsity Press, Aug 20, 2009 - Religion - 652 pages
  • 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

Abbreviations General Information for Readers
9
Preface
11
Christian Theology as Story
13
The Opening Act Conflicting Christian Visions in the Second Century
25
The Plot Thickens ThirdCentury Tensions Transformations
79
A Great Crisis Rocks the Church The Controversy About the Trinity
137
Another Crisis Shakes the Church The Conflict over the Person of Christ
197
A Tale of Two Churches The Great Tradition Divides Between East West
251
The Overall Plot Divides Liberals Conservatives Respond to Modernity
533
The Unfinished Story Its Future
610
Notes
615
Name index
643
Subject index
648
Praise for The Story of Christian Theology
653
About the Author
654
More Titles from InterVarsity Press
655

The Saga of the Queen of Sciences Scholastics Revive Enthrone Theology
311
A New Twist in the Narrative The Western Church Reforms Divides
369
The Center of the Story Falls Apart Protestants Follow Diverse Paths
451
Academic Textbook Selector
656
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Roger E. Olson (PhD, 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 Diversityand The Westminster Handbook to Evangelical Theology. 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), and of The Trinity (with Christopher A. Hall).

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