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The story of Christian theology : twenty centuries of tradition and reform

Author: Roger E Olson
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Recording for Blind & Dyslexic, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : English
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[This] work of historical theology ... recounts the deeds and words of the cultists, and Apostolic Fathers of the second century, the clash between the monumental theological schools of Alexandria and Antioch, the epochal division between East and West, [and] the revolutionary advent of the Reformation ... Through it all [the author] detects and traces a common thread: a concern for salvation, God's redemptive  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Roger E Olson
OCLC Number: 212380351
Notes: Originally published: Downers Grove, IL : InterVarsity Press, ©1999.
Awards: Winner of Gold Medallion Book Awards (Theology/Doctrine) 2000
Winner of Christianity Today Book Award (Theology/Ethics) 2000
Description: 1 audio disc : digital, mono ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: Introduction: Christian theology as story --
Opening act, conflicting Christian visions in the second century: Critics & cultists cause confusion; Apostolic fathers explain the way; Apologists defend the faith; Irenaeus exposes heresies --
Plot thickens, third-century tensions & transformations: North African thinkers examine philosophy; Origen of Alexandria leaves a troubling legacy; Cyprian of Carthage promotes unity; Christianity gets its act together --
Great crisis rocks the church, the controversy about the trinity: Alexandrians argue about the son of God; Church responds at the Council of Nicaea; Athanasius stubbornly keeps the faith; Cappadocian fathers settle the issue --
Another crisis shakes the church, the conflict over the person of Christ: Schools of Antioch & Alexandria clash over Christ; Nestorius & Cyril bring the controversy to a head; Chalcedon protects the mystery; Fallout from the conflict continues --
Tale of two churches, the great tradition divides between East & West: Augustine confesses God's glory & human depravity; Western church becomes Roman Catholic; Eastern church becomes Eastern Orthodox; Great Schism creates two traditions out of one --
Saga of the queen of sciences, scholastics revive & enthrone theology: Anselm & Abelard speculate about God's way; Thomas Aquinas summarizes Christian truth; Nominalists, reformers & humanists challenge the scholastic synthesis --
New twist in the narrative, the western church reforms & divides: Luther rediscovers the gospel & divides the church; Zwingli & Calvin organize protestant thought; Anabaptists go back to the roots of Christianity; Rome & Canterbury go separate but parallel ways --
Center of the story falls apart, protestants follow diverse paths: Arminians attempt to reform reformed theology; Pietists seek to renew Lutheran theology; Puritans & Methodists struggle to revive English theology; Deists try to transform protestant theology --
Overall plot divides, liberals & conservatives respond to modernity: Liberal theology accommodates to modern culture; Conservative theology hardens traditional categories; Neo-orthodoxy transcends the divide; Contemporary theology struggles with diversity --
Conclusion: Unfinished story & its future.
Responsibility: Roger E. Olson.

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[This] work of historical theology ... recounts the deeds and words of the cultists, and Apostolic Fathers of the second century, the clash between the monumental theological schools of Alexandria and Antioch, the epochal division between East and West, [and] the revolutionary advent of the Reformation ... Through it all [the author] detects and traces a common thread: a concern for salvation, God's redemptive activity in forgiving and transforming sinful human beings.-Back cover.

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