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

Author: Roger E Olson
Publisher: Downers Grove, Ill. : InterVarsity Press, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"In this panoramic work of historical theology, theologian Roger Olson vividly 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, the revolutionary advent of the Reformation, and much more - right on up to the sometimes dazzling, sometimes dismaying  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Roger E Olson
ISBN: 0830815058 9780830815050 0851117732 9780851117737
OCLC Number: 40762786
Awards: Christian Book Award 2000
Description: 652 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: pt. 1: The opening act: conflicting Christian visions in the second century --
Critics & cultists cause confusion --
The apostolic fathers explain the way --
The apologists defend the faith --
Irenaeus exposes heresies --
pt. 2: The plot thickens: third-century tensions and transformations --
North African thinkers examine philosophy --
Origen of Alexandria leaves a troubling legacy --
Cyprian of Carthage promotes unity --
Christianity gets its act together --
pt. 3: A great crisis rocks the church: the controversy about the Trinity --
Alexandrians argue about the Son of God --
The Church responds at the Council of Nicaea --
Athanasius stubbornly keeps the faith --
The Cappadocian fathers settle the issue. pt. 4: Another crisis shakes the church: the conflict over the person of Christ --
The schools of Antioch & Alexandria clash over Christ --
Nestorius & Cyril bring the controversy to a head --
Chalcedon protects the mystery --
Fallout from the conflict continues --
pt. 5: A tale of two churches: the great tradition divides between east and west --
Augustine confesses God's glory & human depravity --
The western church becomes Roman Catholic --
The eastern church becomes Eastern Orthodox --
The Great Schism creates two traditions out on one --
pt. 6: The saga and the queen of sciences: scholastics revive and enthrone theology --
Anselm & Abelard speculate about God's way --
Thomas Aquinas summarizes Christian truth --
Nominalists, reformers & humanists challenge the scholastic synthesis. pt. 7: A new twist in the narrative: the western church reforms and 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 --
pt. 8: The 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 --
pt. 9: The overall plot divides: liberals and 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: The unfinished story and its future.
Responsibility: Roger E. Olson.


Theologian Roger Olson believes the history of Christian theology should be told as such a story, one replete with thick plots, exciting events, interesting people and fascinating ideas.  Read more...


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The Story of Christian Theology

by D.Ingolfsland (WorldCat user published 2006-09-23) Excellent Permalink
In The Story of Christian Theology, Roger Olson provides an overview of the history of Christian thought from the first century to the present. Far from being a dry recording of facts, the book is remarkably readable, containing all the elements of a great story, including stories of conflict and controversy,...
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