The Great Theologians

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  • Copyright: 2010-03-01
  • Publisher: Ivp Academic

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Who are the church's great theologians? What was special about their teaching? What can we learn from them today?Gerald McDermott has written this book for those who want a solid introduction that is challenging, but not overwhelming. Provocative but satisfying. And not too long. McDermott not only informs us about eleven pivotal theologians from Origen to von Balthasar, but helps us sort out what is of continuing value today. With study questions at the end of each chapter, this book is perfect for small groups to go through together. As you do, you'll explore your shared theological history and uncover more about what and why you believe. Here's your chance to think with "the greats" about God.

Author Biography

Gerald R. McDermott (Ph.D., University of Iowa) is professor of religion and philosophy at Roanoke College in Salem, virginia. He is also a teaching pastor at St. John Lutheran Church. His InterVarsity Press books include Seeing God, Can Evangelicals Learn from World Religions? and God's Rivals.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Why Study Theology?p. 11
Origen: Oft-Reviled but "The Greatest Teacher After the Apostles"p. 16
Athanasius: The Black Monk Who Saved the Faithp. 30
Augustine: The Most Influential Theologian Everp. 48
Thomas Aquinas: The Teacher of the Catholic Churchp. 63
Martin Luther: The Monk Who Rose Up Against Heaven and Earthp. 79
John Calvin: Greatest Theologian of the Reformed Traditionp. 96
Jonathan Edwards: America's Theologianp. 113
Friedrich Schleiermacher: Father of Liberal Theologyp. 134
John Henry Newman: Anglican Theologian Who Swam the Tiberp. 149
Karl Barth: Most Influential Twentieth-Century Theologianp. 170
Hans Urs von Balthasar: Stellar Catholic Theologian of the Twentieth Centuryp. 188
What These Theologians Teach Us About Theologyp. 204
Indexp. 211
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