Historical Theology

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  • Copyright: 1998-05-01
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In this text, Alister McGrath utilises the successful historic chapters from Christian Theology: An Introduction, Second Edition and builds on them to provide all the material that students will need to understand the development of Christian theology from its beginnings. A substantial introduction by McGrath explains the importance of historical theology, its place within the study of Christian theology as a whole and outlines some of the best ways of studying it. Numerous case studies of relevance to the subject have been added to each section to allow the reader to engage fully with a particular topic of historic debate, and each section is cross-referenced with McGrath's Christian Theology: An Introduction, Second Edition and with the primary texts included in his Christian Theology Reader. Historical Theology also provides its readers with full glossaries of key theologians, key theological developments and key names, words and phrases together with an extensive bibliography.

Author Biography

Alister E. McGrath is Principal of Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. Two of his previous books Christian Theology: An Introduction and Christian Theology: A Reader are now established as market leaders within the systematic theology market.

Table of Contents

How to Use this Book
The Concept of ''theology'': A Brief Introduction
The Architecture of Theology
Biblical Studies
Systematic Theology
Philosophical Theology
Historical Theology: Its Purpose and Place
The Patristic Period, c.100 - c.451: An Overview of the Patristic Period: A Clarification of Terms
Key Theologians
Justin Martyr
Key Theological Developments
The Extent of the New Testament Canon
The Role of Tradition
The Fixing of the Ecumenical Creeds
The Two Natures of Jesus Christ
The Doctrine of the Trinity
The Doctrine of the Church
The Doctrine of Grace
Key Names, Words and Phrases
Case Studies
The Bible and Tradition
The Arian Controversy: The Divinity of Christ
The Alexandrian Christological School: The Apollinarian Controversy
The Antiochene Christological School: The Nestorian Controversy
The Trinity
The Donatist Controversy
The Pelagian Controversy
Faith and Philosophy
The Middle Ages and the Renaissance, c.500 - 1500: The Birth of the Middle Ages: The Origins of Monasticism
The Rise of Celtic Christianity
A Clarification of Terms
Middle Ages
Realism and Nominalism
The Modern Way
The Modern Augustinian School
Northern European Humanism
Swiss Humanism
French Humanism
English Humanism
Key Theologians of the Period
Anselm of Canterbury
Thomas Aquinas
Duns Scotus
William of Ockham
Erasmus of Rotterdam
Key Theological Developments of the Period
The Consolidation of the Patristic Heritage
The Exploration of the Role of Reason in Theology
The Development of Theological Systems
The Development of Sacramental Theology
The Development of the Theology of Grace
The Role of Mary in the Scheme of Salvation
Returning Directly to the Sources of Christian Theology
The Critique of the Vulgate Translation of Scripture
Byzantine Theology
Key Names, Words and Phrases
Case Studies
Arguments for the Existence of God
Understandings of the Atonement
Discussion of the Sacraments
The Interpretation of the Bible
Renaissance Humanism and the Bible
Some Themes in Late Medieval Scholastic Theology
The Reformation and Post-Reformation Periods, 1500 - 1750:A Clarification of Terms: The Lutheran Reformation
The Calvinist Reformation
The Radical Reformation
The Catholic Reformation
Key Theologians
Martin Luther
John Calvin
Huldrych Zwingli
Key Theological Developments
The Sources of Theology
The Doctrine of Grace
The Doctrine of the Sacraments
The Doctrine of the Church
Post-Reformation Movements
Protestant Orthodoxy
Roman Catholicism
Key Names, Words and Phrases
Case Studies
Bible and Tradition in the Reformation
Justification by Faith: Martin Luther and the Council of Trent
The Nature of the Real Presence: Luther, Zwingli and the Council of Trent
The Doctrine of the Church: Trends within Protestantism
Theology and Astronomy: The Copernican and Galilean Debates
The Modern Period, 1750 - The Present Day: The Rise of Indifference to Religion in Europe: Christianity in North America: The Great Awakening and the American Revolution
The Watershed in Europe: The French Revolution
The Enlightenment
The Enlightenment and Protestantism
The Enlightenment Critique of Christian Theology: A General Overview
The Impact of Pietism
The Enlightenment Critique of Christian Theology: Specific Issues
The Possibility of Miracles
The Notion of Revelation
The Doctrine of Original Sin
The Problem of Evil
The Status and Interpretation of Scripture
The Identity and Significance of Jesus Christ
Western Theological Movements since the Enlightenment
Liberal Protestantism
Black Theology
Evangelicalism and Charismatic Movements
The Growth of Christianity in the Developing World
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