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A Concise History of Christian Thought offers a succinct, readable survey of key Christian thinkers and significant theological developments from the church's inception to the present. In addition to surveying over one hundred important Christian thinkers from Justin Martyr to Joseph Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI), the book also covers major creeds, councils, and docume ...more
Paperback, Revised Edition, 336 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by Baker Academic (first published May 25th 1984)
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Matthew
I thought this truly excellent; a very useful read, a broad and yet also thorough review of the history of Christian ideas about God, from the early fathers (up to 500 AD), through the medieval times (500-1500 AD), the reformation (1500-1800), and the post-reformation period (1800-current); it also includes viewpoints from the Eastern Orthodox (as oppposed to the Western/Roman Catholic) tradition for the medieval period, and, for the modern era, a discussion of the Protestant vs Catholic dichoto ...more
Christy Luis
Oh my gosh. I loved this book.
I've always enjoyed history, but this book took it to a new level, for me. One of my university classes used this as a textbook; it felt, somehow, nicer than your usual, average textbook. Tony Lane's writing is so smooth!
This takes the reader from the very beginning of Christian thought--with it's basis immersed in Greek Philosophy--all the way to the present day, in which all sorts of denominations are hashing out their issues and searching for truthful Theology. T
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Daniel Alvers
This completes my required reading for Church History II. The work is definately concise and definately filled with a ton of frustrating stuff. It does not include figures such as Billy Graham or Charles Spurgeon. It covers a great deal of liberal theology and neo orthodoxy but very little in regards to pivotal missions thinking. I found the work to be extremely limiting and not a good introduction to a study of actual church history. It is definately a good addition to other works. Left on its ...more
Matt
Substantial and succinct treatment that works directly from the primary sources. Lane sees the issues and clarifies the controversies better than any historical theologian I've read.
Ray
Excellent historical summation of the past two millenia. This should be required thinking for christians, it would clear up a ton of infighting.
Trevor Binkley
Excellent summary of Christian thought through the ages.
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