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Author: Alister E. McGrath
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Title: Historical Theology: An Introduction to the History of Christian Thought
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Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (May 18, 1998)
Pages: 416

Historical Theology: An Introduction to the History of Christian Thought by Alister E. McGrath

Personal Name: McGrath, Alister . 1953-. On this site it is impossible to download the book, read the book online or get the contents of a book. The administration of the site is not responsible for the content of the site. The data of catalog based on open source database. All rights are reserved by their owners. Download book Historical theology : an introduction to the history of Christian thought, Alister E. McGrath.

To break the material down into manageable sections, the history of Christian thought has been divided into four broad periods. While this division of history is useful, it is important to realize that it is slightly arbitrary at points. We need to heed the warning of the Cambridge historian G. M. Trevelyan (1876–1962) on this matter: Unlike dates, periods xii. 0001501230.

An authoritative exploration of the history of Christian theology from the Patristic period to present-day developments. An ideal introduction to the history, sources & methods, and key figures of Christian thought. An engaging introduction to core topics of Christianity discussing them in relation to the Bible and key theologians. This classic text introduces the central ideas and developments of the European Reformations to readers of history and theology. HISTORICAL THEOLOGY is a great book for seminary studentsor any just interested in theology

Alister McGrath's aimed Christian Theology: An Introduction is one of the most widely used textbooks in Christian theology.

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Alister E. McGrath is the Head of the Centre for Theology, Religion & Culture at King's College London, having previously been Professor of Historical Theology at the University of Oxford. He is one of the world's leading Protestant theologians and has long been involved in theological education. He is in constant demand as a speaker at conferences throughout the world

Historical theology Study of the historical development of Christian doctrines Relationship to: Church history Systematic theology The development of historical theology Adolf von Harnack, History of Dogma. Slide 5. Historical theology as a pedagogic tool state of the question report strengths and weaknesses of existing approaches landmarks in the development of Christian thinking Historical theology as a critical tool The suffering of God Patristic writers change imperfection; suffering change After World War I Protest Atheism ideas about love A resource for systematic theology.

No previous knowledge of any aspect of Christian theology is assumed.

Historical Theology : An Introduction to the History of Christian Thought.

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.
Reviews: 7
The book is exactly what the title implies, the basics. A very good summary of Christian theology without too much depth. I am sure, from his comments that his other book goes into more detail with explanations.
Possibly the greatest treasure of the Catholic Church is its two millennia of reflection and study of Revelation and the Mystery of God, namely theology, the "sacred science." Theology is little known to lay Catholics in typical parish life, as it may be confused with elementary instruction or religious education. Catechetics and most faith formation programs pose definitive and conversation-ending answers to those who have yet to ask the piercing questions. Theology, by contrast, begins with philosophy and seeks the mind and wisdom of God, in disciplined and systematic ways, in order to address the hungers of the human heart. Theology and its laborers know that this science can never balance its books, for its object (and passion, really) is the mind and soul of God. From Apostolic times the Church has thrived on the organized thinking and writings of its gifted theologians, beginning with Paul and the Evangelists, and continuing down to our time in the works of Augustine, Aquinas and Rahner.

Inevitably the question arises as to the provenance of the sacred science. Is it a project of seminarians and clerics, or is the privilege of exploring the sacred Tradition of the very essence of Baptismal right and responsibility? I would argue the latter, in that we cannot love a God we do not know nor can we celebrate that love without the passion or thrill that mystery arouses. A clarity achieved with no effort is a loveless marriage.

Alister McGrath's work is both an invitation and a roadmap. He introduces the layman and the cleric to the questions posed by a divinely created universe and the time tested formulas of belief around which Catholic thought has organized itself since the Nicene Creed was promulgated in the fourth century. His 32-page preface is an excellent and informative overview of the project of theology, highlighting the various methods of approaching this discipline while introducing its past and present masters. He discusses briefly but clearly the role of philosophy in both the development and intelligibility of theology.

Citing the acclamations of the Nicene Creed, McGrath unpacks the universal mysteries they address. "I believe in one God" becomes an essay on faith, the recognition of things unseen, most notably a Supreme Being. He examines St. Thomas Aquinas's "proofs" of the existence of God, derived at least in part from the philosopher Aristotle's recognition of a first cause and later called into question in the generation of Charles Darwin.

Each postulate of the Faith, however, opens new doors of questioning. One may believe in God, but as chapter two reflects, just whose God are we to believe? Further, what are the possibilities of apprehending this God? The Roman Emperor Hadrian's request of a Jewish rabbi to behold his God (p. 23) is a pithy summary of a complex question and would inspire theologians to our own day to explore the possibilities and capacities of humans to engage the divine. Karl Rahner's twentieth century speculation on the "supernatural existential" is a child of Hadrian's question.

Trinitarian formulation (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) has always implied multiple interventions of the Divine. McGrath examines these in detail, beginning with creation in Chapter 3. The author explores a variety of metaphors including the Genesis accounts, Plato's concept of the divine as extrinsic fashioner, and the early Christian heresy of Gnosticism. In this chapter the work of an early Christian theologian comes into focus, namely the anti-Gnostic Justin Martyr (c. 150), and the reader gets a good look into the workshop of Revelation, Faith and lived experience, in this case frontal assault, where all theologians live, move, and have their being, so to speak.

As one might expect, the subject of Jesus is comprehensively addressed. McGrath approaches Christology from several flanks--the titles applied to Jesus, who applied them, and what they meant; the function of Jesus, specifically soteriology or the meaning of salvation; and finally, the Church's efforts to linguistically and logically talk of the meaning of Jesus Christ, in the "Christological Councils" of 325-451 AD.

Discussion of the Holy Spirit is complex. Understanding and misunderstanding of the role of the Spirit has essentially divided Christianity East and West, and even in relatively mundane matters as the age of Christian Confirmation of minors, clarity regarding the work of the Spirit remains a major focal point of theological investigation. McGrath does not shy away from these historical difficulties, which through time have led to debate and controversy over the nature of a threefold God or Trinity.

It is probably evident at this point that McGrath has, in his 200+ pages, set the table of the full banquet of theology. The study of the Trinity has led to investigation of those who believe in it, the Church, [ecclesiology] and its canon or collection of revealed works [Jewish and Christian scripture study], its communal life and behaviors [morality], its worship [liturgy], traditions [history], etc.

While it is true that theologians--dating back to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John--have been indispensible in maintaining the backbone of faith and continuity in the global Church of all times, it is equally true that the object of theological study radically impresses itself upon the character and identity of those who embrace its labors. McGrath and other theologians use the phrase "obedience to the text" as a way of describing the irrepressible wave of change, perhaps best called grace, experienced by those in proximity to the wisdom of God.

The study of theology demands guidance, organization, humility, and grit. That said, the study of theology by all believers is the democratization of grace, the freedom of all people of good will to be dazzled by divine wisdom and passionately in love with Lady Wisdom, who delighted the Lord "from the beginning."
Gives a good overview on topics. Provides enough information to stimulate your interest in digging deeper into the topics.
McGrath may have a university mind, but he is not always clear in his explanation and have used multiple other sources to make sense of his writings.
So well written. An asset to anyone's library who is interested in where the church(es) of today came from. The continuity and influence through the ages of the people of Christ becomes evident. Fascinating and readable!
I used this book for one of the courses in my Masters program and have used it many times since then as a resource. I have used it for myself as well as to answer questions for our RCIA group. I have recommended this book to fellow team members at our parish.
McGrath's use of the Apostle's Creed as the model for the progression of the chapters fits in well with learning about God and our beliefs. I also liked cross referencing with the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Very lucid and easy to read for a theology rookie like me. Reading it helped me understand more complex texts better.