9781118869574

Christian Theology

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2016-09-26
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY

“The genius of Alister E. McGrath is his remarkable ability to write in a clear, concise, and lucid manner that draws both teachers and students to participate with the great thinkers of the Christian tradition, past and present. Education and illumination are the abundant fruits of this massive, well-organized text, which is sure to appeal to a wide range of Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox audiences. For this we are indebted to the author.”
Dennis Ngien, Professor of Systematic Theology, Tyndale University College and Seminary, Toronto, Canada

“For sheer comprehensiveness, clarity, and coherence, Alister McGrath has produced the definitive textbook. Always accurate and engaging, students are gently introduced to the gift of Theology in a memorable way.”
Ian S. Markham, Dean and President of Virginia Theological Seminary

Praise for the fifth edition

“Alister McGrath has proven himself a master at engagingly and simply introducing Christian theology in all of its contested complexity. All who work at the critical appropriation of the theological tradition stand in debt to McGrath.”
M. Douglas Meeks, Cal Turner Chancellor Professor of Theology and Wesleyan Studies, Vanderbilt University Divinity School

Now celebrating its 25th year of publication, Christian Theology is one of the most internationally acclaimed textbooks in this area today. Completely rewritten for the sixth edition, it remains the ideal introduction to the beliefs and interpretation of Christianity. It is specifically designed for students with no prior knowledge, presenting the primary themes and debates of Christian theology with clarity and historical context.

This new edition retains all the elements that have made it so successful while also including significant additions and developments. There is an increased discussion of contemporary theology to complement the excellent coverage of historical material. Important new information has also been added, in areas such as the Holy Spirit, contemporary non-Western theologies, and feminist voices in Christian theology. The text is rich in pedagogy to encourage student learning, featuring a two colour design, glossary, end-of-chapter discussion questions, and much more. Written by renowned theologian Alister E. McGrath, this classic text is a clear, lively and concise introduction that provides instructors with the tools they need to engage with their students on Christian theology.

Author Biography

ALISTER E. McGRATH is currently Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at the University of Oxford; he was previously Professor of Theology and Education at King's College, London. He is regarded as one of the world's leading Protestant theologians and is the author of some of the world's most widely used theological textbooks, including the bestselling The Christian Theology Reader (5th edition, Wiley Blackwell, 2016), Christianity (Wiley Blackwell, 2015), and Science and Religion (Wiley Blackwell, 2010). He is in constant demand as a speaker at conferences throughout the world.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xxi

Preface xxiii

To the Student: How to Use This Book xxvii

To the Teacher: How to Use This Book xxix

The Structure of the Book: The Fifth and Sixth Editions Compared xxxiii

Video and Audio Resources xxxv

PART I LANDMARKS: PERIODS, THEMES, AND PERSONALITIES OF CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY 1

Introduction 3

1 The Patristic Period, c.100–c.700 5

2 The Middle Ages and the Renaissance, c.700–c.1500 21

3 The Age of Reformation, c.1500–c.1750 38

4 The Modern Period, c.1750 to the Present 57

PART II SOURCES AND METHODS 81

5 Getting Started: Preliminaries 83

6 The Sources of Theology 104

7 Knowledge of God: Natural and Revealed 135

8 Philosophy and Theology: Dialogue and Debate 152

PART III CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY 173

9 The Doctrine of God 175

10 The Person of Jesus Christ 207

11 The Nature and Basis of Salvation 246

12 The Holy Spirit 280

13 The Trinity 299

14 Human Nature, Sin, and Grace 327

15 The Church 354

16 The Sacraments 381

17 Christianity and the World Religions 405

18 Last Things: The Christian Hope 426

Jargon-Busting: A Glossary of Theological Terms 449

Sources of Citations 456

Acknowledgments 465

Index 466

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