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The Christian Theology Reader

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Published February 15th 2001 by Wiley-Blackwell (first published January 1st 1995)
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This textbook is not a stand-alone text, but an accompanying reader – i.e. it does not explain any theological doctrines, but rather provides a tremendous sampling of the writings of various theologians throughout history on a variety of topics. We get to read excerpts from the earliest theologians like Origen and Iraeneus, to theologians from the Middle Ages like Augustine and Aquinas, to philosophers like Locke and Pascal, to contemporary theologians like J.I. Packer. They cover all of the ess ...more
Bret James Stewart
I need to preface this review by saying I do not like this type of book. Readers contain snippets of various works so you can get a feel for various issues on a given subject--theology, in this case. As usual, there is not enough room to really get a feel for the information, so you have to go and find the original if you want to do anything beyond skimming the surface. All the readers I have were bought because I had to for school. The only thing I use them for is padding out bibliographies for ...more
I read about 70 of the selections. This book has many primary sources that would be helpful in understanding theological issues. Each selection has an introduction and commentary afterwards. Sometimes the commentary is more helpful than the selection. This is because many of the selections are short excerpts and the comments are an explanation of the whole piece of writing,
If one is learning Catholism and Theological terms this is the book for you. It begins with the Roman Catholic Fathers and ends in the Modern Technological age with stress on Liberalism Theology.
It has some really good points, but there are some typo's and a couple of strange sentence structures claiming oneself to be a god. I do not think they meant for it to come out that way but the sentence actually states this.

Generally it is a very thick book and comes with the Christian Theology which one
Deb H
Excellent introduction to Christian theology for advanced high school students or college undergraduates.
Jeff Elliott
Given I only read 73 of the 300+ sections but they were the 73 that were assigned from class. This book is a collection of some of the greatest minds, thinkers and theologians in the history of Christianity. The downside is some of the selections are very short; so short, in fact, that they don't so much other than the introduction to each section does. The reality is that it is too expensive for publishers to use larger excerpts and I understand that but at some point it's not worth printing sh ...more
Christopher Porter
An expansive and somewhat representative collection of excerpts from the most important Christian theologians. Much to be preferred to the companion Christian Theology: An Introduction, which I found to have a number of weaknesses. The presentation of apatheia seems to misunderstand the intent of the doctrine entirely. The author also has a fondness for the "Suffering God" theology that Moltmann made popular, which may account for the poor account of apatheia.
Kathleen Dixon
This is an excellent "reader" which gives comprehensive coverage of theologians' writings on all the areas that theologians have ever talked through, agonised over, and written about. It's very clearly set out, and has succinct explanations before each quoted text so that the reader doesn't have to struggle with the jargon but can get right into struggling with what the theologians were saying.
Not as helpful as other theology books. But has good quotes from various sources on different theological issues. Includes such authors as Karl Barth, St. Augustine, John Calvin, Justin Martyr, Thomas Aquinas, Rene Descartes, and Sallie McFague. Includes the Nicene and Apostles' Creeds, and the Westminister Confession of Faith.
Loved this book! Great layout with a tremendous idea, to trace the thoughts and ideals behind historical figures in Church History as they wrote about evolving theological issues. Must read for any serious church history or doctrines study.
Drew Van gorder
If you're looking for a book that gives a great overview of how Christian Theology and thought have unraveled through the last 2,000 years, this is your book. From Martin Luther, to Augustine, Justin Martyr, and many more.
Good intro. providing access to some of the primary sources of Christian theology.
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