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This short, balanced and accessible Reader introduces the Christian faith through important theological readings, covering historical, modern, denominational, gender, liberal and traditional issues. It is the ideal accompaniment to the bestselling textbook, Theology: The Basics, 2nd edition. Edited by leading theologian, Alister E. McGrath, this volume brings together a range of readings which act as an introduction to the Christian faith Includes 56 readings chosen for their balanced portrayal of chronology, denomination, gender, and theological orientation Provides an introduction and analysis of each reading, along with a helpful glossary Uses the Apostle's Creed as an accessible framework to introduce readers to writings on key issues, such as faith, God, Jesus, creation and salvation Encourages readers to interact with each text and to engage with primary sources.

Author Biography

Alister E. McGrath is Professor of Historical Theology at Oxford University, and Senior Research Fellow at Harris Manchester College, Oxford. He is the author of numerous popular theology textbooks, including Christian Theology, fourth edition and The Christian Theology Reader, third edition. Readers may wish to use this book in order to make the transition to these more challenging texts.

Table of Contents

How to use this book
Engaging a reading
Christian theology: An historical overview
Augustine on theology and secular philosophy
Vincent of Lerins on Tradition and Theology
John Calvin on the Nature of Faith
Karl Barth on revelation and the Word of God
Emil Brunner on faith and reason
Paul Tillich on the nature of theology
C. S. Lewis on myths in Theology
John Paul II on faith and Reason
Athenagoras of Athens on the Christian God
Thomas Aquinas on analogies of God
J8rgen Moltmann on the Suffering of God
Hans Urs von Balthasar on the Glory of God
Elizabeth A. Johnson on Female Analogies for God
Sarah Coakley on Vulnerability and God
Giovanni Pico della Mirandola
Jonathan Edwards on the beauty of creation
William Paley on the contrivance of nature
John Henry Newman on natural religion
G. K. Chesterton on the doctrine of creation
Dorothy L. Sayers on creation and evil
Athanasius of Alexandria on the incarnation
Martin K+hler on the "Jesus of History"
George Tyrrell on modern views of Jesus
Austin Farrer on the incarnation and suffering
Morna D. Hooker on Chalcedon and the New Testament
N. T. Wright on Jesus and the identity of God
Rufinus of Aquileia on Christ's death as a victory
Anselm of Canterbury on satisfaction for sin
F. D. E. Schleiermacher on Christ as redeemer
Bernard Lonergan on the rationality of salvation
Colin Gunton on the language of salvation
Rosemary Radford Ruether on suffering and redemption
Irenaeus of Lyons on the Trinitarian faith
The Eleventh Council of Toledo on the Trinity
Henry Barclay Swete on the Holy Spirit and the Trinity
Karl Rahner on the economic Trinity
John Macquarrie on the function of the Trinity
Robert Jenson on the Trinity as God's name
Martin Luther on the nature of the church
Lesslie Newbigin on a missionary ecclesiology
The Second Vatican Council on the Church
George Dragas on Orthodox ecclesiology
Stanley Hauerwas on the church and the Christian story
Leonardo Boff on the reinvention of the Church
Cyril of Jerusalem on the meaning of baptism
Huldrych Zwingli on the real presence
The Council of Trent on transubstantiation
The World Council of Churches on baptism
Rowan Williams on the sacraments as signs
Benedict XVI on the Eucharist
Cyprian of Carthage on the hope of heaven
Methodius of Olympus on the resurrection body
John Wesley on the final restoration of nature
The Catechism of the Catholic Church on the resurrection
Wolfhart Pannenberg on eschatology and evil
Kathryn Tanner on eternal life
A brief glossary of theological terms
Sources of readings
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