The Christian Theology Reader

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The Christian Theology Reader

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Designed to make available some 280 seminal texts from the entire Christian tradition, cross–referenced and indexed for ease of reference. All readings prior to 1800 have been specially translated to ensure consistency of translation and ease of reading in English. Each chapter includes an introduction outlining historical and theological issues and thinkers, and the individual readings are prefaced with an introduction and followed where necessary by notes on translation and interpretation. Also included is a full glossary, suggestions for further reading and biographical details of theologians cited.

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"In a time when Christians are increasingly ignorant of our own traditions, McGrath′s efforts in his Introduction and this Reader are most welcome. Those who have found his Introduction a significant resource will undoubtedly also want to use his companion set of readings. Its great strength is the breadth of figures and topics treated, and we can hope that students who become acquainted with the riches in these brief selections will want to return to engage the primary sources in their fullness. Such engagements could offer an important sign of hope for Christianity′s future." L. Gregory Jones, Duke University, North Carolina

"This anthology of extracts from primary sources will prove extremely useful for teaching historical and systematic theology. It is essential that students use primary sources, and a compromise has to be reached between undue expectations and snippets which are too brief to help. In the light of the author′s introductions, the quotations are sufficiently substantial to be useful, yet remain within a compass which is realistic for undergraduate or theological college needs. I shall place it high on my book–lists for students". Anthony C. Thiselton, University of Nottingham


"The Christian Theology Reader brings the best primary sources to the theological inquirer." Gabriel Fackre, Andover Newton Theological School

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This Reader is designed to make available some 280 seminal texts from the entire Christian tradition from Ignatius of Antioch to sources published in the 1990s, cross–referenced and indexed for ease of reference.

All readings prior to 1800 have been specially translated for the purposes of this Reader, to ensure consistency of translation and ease of reading in English. Every effort has been made to ensure that the work is as user–friendly as possible. Each chapter includes an introduction outlining the main historical and theological issues, and identifying key issues and thinkers. Each individual reading is prefaced by an introduction, alerting the reader to its importance and context, and followed where necessary by notes on translation and interpretation. The book adopts the same user–friendly format which has proved so attractive a feature of the author′s earlier volume Christian Theology:An Introduction (1994).

The work includes a full glossary of theological terms and biographical details of theologians cited, as well as suggestions for further reading.

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