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Completely updated and expanded, this third edition from one of the world's leading theologians introduces students to key theological issues, contextualizing them within the bible and the works of seminal theologians. Introduces readers to key theological issues such as God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, faith, creation, salvation, atonement, religious history, and heaven Thoroughly updated, with the addition of a new chapter on the Holy Spirit Now includes images and more pedagogical features to engage the reader Each chapter offers an overview of an important theme, presents relevant biblical passages, and summarizes the contribution of a major theologian Expands the range of theological positions discussed within the book, especially those of contemporary and feminist theologians Maintains the user-friendly structure of the previous edition, with the Apostle's Creed as a framework Concludes with suggestions on how readers can take their study further Can be used alongside the new edition of Theology: The Basic Readings for a complete overview of the field
Aliscer E. McGrath is head of the Centre for Theology, Religion Culture, and Professor of'Theology, Ministry, and Education at King's College, London. A world-acclaimed theologian, he is the author of numerous best-selling books including The Christian Theology Reader (4th edition. 201 I). Theology: The Basic Readings (2nd edition, 201 1 )..Science andReligion (2nd edition. 2010), and Dawkins' God- Genes, Memes and the Meaning of Life (2004), all published by Wilev-Blackwell.
Table of Contents
|List of Illustrations||p. x|
|The Apostles' Creed||p. xvi|
|Getting Started||p. xvii|
|Introducing the Bible||p. xxi|
|The "handmaid": dialogue between theology and culture||p. xxviii|
|Moving on ...||p. xxxi|
|What is faith?||p. 1|
|Can God's existence be proved?||p. 2|
|Are these proofs of any use?||p. 6|
|Faith is beyond reason but not contrary to reason||p. 7|
|Faith and God's promises||p. 9|
|Faith and doubt: the problem of suffering||p. 13|
|Engaging with a text||p. 16|
|Analogies in theology||p. 20|
|God as father||p. 24|
|A personal God||p. 28|
|God as almighty||p. 31|
|Engaging with a text||p. 34|
|Creation in the Old Testament||p. 36|
|The concept of creation "out of nothing"||p. 38|
|Creation and dualism||p. 40|
|Implications of the doctrine of creation||p. 41|
|Models of God as creator||p. 43|
|Humanity and creation: the "image of God"||p. 46|
|Creation and natural theology||p. 48|
|Creation and creationism||p. 53|
|Engaging with a text||p. 55|
|Son of God||p. 63|
|Son of Man||p. 64|
|Functional statements about Jesus||p. 66|
|Early Christological models||p. 68|
|The Council of Chalcedon||p. 70|
|The incarnation and icons||p. 71|
|Christ as mediator||p. 72|
|Engaging with a text||p. 75|
|Pauline images of salvation||p. 78|
|The problem of analogy: salvation as ransom||p. 79|
|Theories of atonement||p. 83|
|The cross as sacrifice||p. 83|
|The cross as a victory||p. 86|
|The cross and forgiveness||p. 89|
|Salvation, sin, and Christ||p. 92|
|Salvation, Christ, and the redeemed life||p. 94|
|Engaging with a text||p. 95|
|Biblical models of the Holy Spirit||p. 97|
|The debate over the divinity of the Holy Spirit||p. 101|
|The filioque debate||p. 104|
|The functions of the Spirit||p. 108|
|Engaging with a text||p. 113|
|Belief in the Trinity||p. 117|
|A Trinitarian heresy: modalism||p. 122|
|Visualizing the Trinity||p. 125|
|The Trinity and the naming of God||p. 125|
|Communicating the Trinity: hymns||p. 129|
|The "social Trinity": Jurgen Moltmann||p. 131|
|Engaging with a text||p. 133|
|The church: local or universal?||p. 137|
|Only one church?||p. 139|
|The catholicity of the church||p. 141|
|The church: holy or just human?||p. 143|
|The church as constituted by the Word of God||p. 148|
|Pure or mixed body: what difference does it make?||p. 151|
|Ministry within the church: the Second Vatican Council||p. 152|
|Engaging with a text||p. 155|
|What is a sacrament?||p. 158|
|What do sacraments do?||p. 160|
|What factors affect the effectiveness of sacraments?||p. 164|
|Is infant baptism justified?||p. 166|
|In what way, if any, is Christ present at the eucharist?||p. 171|
|Engaging with a text||p. 175|
|The hope of heaven||p. 178|
|An image of heaven: the New Jerusalem||p. 180|
|The appearance of the human body in heaven||p. 183|
|Heaven as an encounter with loved ones||p. 186|
|Heaven and the worship of the church||p. 188|
|Heaven and the millennium||p. 189|
|The beatific vision: seeing God face to face||p. 191|
|Engaging with a text||p. 194|
|Moving On||p. 197|
|Brief Glossary of Theological Terms||p. 200|
|Details of Theologians Cited||p. 209|
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