Theology : The Basics

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  • Edition: 3rd
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  • Copyright: 2011-09-13
  • Publisher: Wiley
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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

Author Biography

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 Illustrationsp. x
Prefacep. xii
The Apostles' Creedp. xvi
Getting Startedp. xvii
Introducing the Biblep. xxi
Traditionp. xxiv
Creedsp. xxv
The "handmaid": dialogue between theology and culturep. xxviii
Moving on ...p. xxxi
Faithp. 1
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 reasonp. 7
Faith and God's promisesp. 9
Faith and doubt: the problem of sufferingp. 13
Engaging with a textp. 16
Godp. 19
Analogies in theologyp. 20
God as fatherp. 24
A personal Godp. 28
God as almightyp. 31
Engaging with a textp. 34
Creationp. 36
Creation in the Old Testamentp. 36
The concept of creation "out of nothing"p. 38
Creation and dualismp. 40
Implications of the doctrine of creationp. 41
Models of God as creatorp. 43
Humanity and creation: the "image of God"p. 46
Creation and natural theologyp. 48
Creation and creationismp. 53
Engaging with a textp. 55
Jesusp. 58
Messiahp. 59
Lordp. 61
Son of Godp. 63
Son of Manp. 64
Godp. 65
Functional statements about Jesusp. 66
Early Christological modelsp. 68
The Council of Chalcedonp. 70
The incarnation and iconsp. 71
Christ as mediatorp. 72
Engaging with a textp. 75
Salvationp. 77
Pauline images of salvationp. 78
The problem of analogy: salvation as ransomp. 79
Theories of atonementp. 83
The cross as sacrificep. 83
The cross as a victoryp. 86
The cross and forgivenessp. 89
Salvation, sin, and Christp. 92
Salvation, Christ, and the redeemed lifep. 94
Engaging with a textp. 95
Spiritp. 97
Biblical models of the Holy Spiritp. 97
The debate over the divinity of the Holy Spiritp. 101
The filioque debatep. 104
The functions of the Spiritp. 108
Engaging with a textp. 113
Trtnityp. 116
Belief in the Trinityp. 117
A Trinitarian heresy: modalismp. 122
Visualizing the Trinityp. 125
The Trinity and the naming of Godp. 125
Communicating the Trinity: hymnsp. 129
The "social Trinity": Jurgen Moltmannp. 131
Engaging with a textp. 133
Churchp. 137
The church: local or universal?p. 137
Only one church?p. 139
The catholicity of the churchp. 141
The church: holy or just human?p. 143
The church as constituted by the Word of Godp. 148
Pure or mixed body: what difference does it make?p. 151
Ministry within the church: the Second Vatican Councilp. 152
Engaging with a textp. 155
Sacramentsp. 157
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 textp. 175
Heavenp. 178
The hope of heavenp. 178
An image of heaven: the New Jerusalemp. 180
The appearance of the human body in heavenp. 183
Heaven as an encounter with loved onesp. 186
Heaven and the worship of the churchp. 188
Heaven and the millenniump. 189
The beatific vision: seeing God face to facep. 191
Engaging with a textp. 194
Moving Onp. 197
Brief Glossary of Theological Termsp. 200
Details of Theologians Citedp. 209
Indexp. 217
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