"The story of Christian theology does not begin at the beginning. . . .Theology is the church's reflection on the salvation brought by Christ and on the gospel of that salvation proclaimed and explained by the first-century apostles."
Here is a concise and informative guide to the history of Christian theology. This condensation of Roger Olson's widely acclaimed The Story of Christian Theology surveys the events, teachings and challenges to the Christian faith down through the ages. In five acts we are ushered from the second to the twenty-first century following all the twists and turns, wrinkles and rivalries that lay along that wonderful and humble way of Christian faith seeking understanding, articulation and explanation.
Crafted for students, pastors and other busy people, this pocket history of theology provides a clear and informed guide to the central tenets of Christian faith and the internal threats and external challenges it has faced and continues to confront even today.
About the Author
Roger E. Olson (Ph.D., Rice University) is professor of theology at George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and author of The Story of Christian Theology: Twenty Centuries of Tradition Reform (IVP) and The Mosaic of Christian Belief: Twenty Centuries of Unity and Diversity (IVP).
Adam C. English (Ph.D., Baylor University) is an assistant professor in the department of religion and philosophy at Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina. He has published articles and book reviews in Christian Ethics Today, Perspectives in Religious Studies and the Journal of Church and State.
Table of Contents
Act I. A Story Takes Shape
Act II. The Plot Thickens
Act III. The Story Divides
Act IV. Reforming, Revision and Rewriting the Story
Act V. An Unresolved Plot
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
For anyone wanting a quick overview of Christian theology through the last two millennia, this condensation of Roger Olson¿s The Story of Christian Theology hits all the high points. Beginning with the early second century, you¿ll meet church fathers and apologists Ignatius, Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, Clement, Tertullian, Origin and Cyprian. On into the turbulent centuries following, you¿ll learn about the council of Nicaea (and the Nicene creed), the council of Constantinople, of Ephesus and of Chalcedon as controversy in the church escalates. You¿ll meet St. Augustine, of course, and learn about the division of the church (what we now call the Orthodox church and the Catholic church, when neither arelistening; the ¿Orthodox¿ hardly consider themselves less Catholic, and the ¿Catholics¿ hardly consider themselves less Orthodox).As we move into the 16th century, division only continues. Luther, Zwingli, and Calvin are highly influential reformers, and a more extreme version surfaces with the Radical Reformers (often labeled Anabaptists, rejecters of infant baptism). Along comes the English reformation and the Catholic counter-reformation. Deism hopes to reconcile with modern science. And on into the 20th century, with the birth of fundamentalism.This book is dry, but highly informative. An awful lot is packed into 100 pages.Today, Christian theology is as diverse as ever, and the story of Christianity continues after this book concludes. I find myself reviewing books by Jewish Christians who interpret the life of Jesus within Hebrew roots, liberal Christians who reject anything miraculous, even Pagan Christians. I guess Jesus has something for everyone!