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Fortress Introduction to Contempory Theologies

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  27 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
A reader-friendly, basic introduction that maps the central ideas of the major theologians of the twentieth century, easily accessible to both the theological student and the inquiring lay reader.
Paperback, 246 pages
Published August 1st 1998 by Augsburg Fortress Publishing (first published January 1st 1998)
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Joseph Sverker
This is an excellent introduction to contemporary theologies, or theologians, for it is really a kind of mix between presenting theologians on the one hand and 'theologies' on the other. The tone is in a way informal and there is a fair bit of biography and anecdotes in the texts. I thin, this is a winning formula since as everyone knows, background is often important for why a theology is shaped as it is. If I was to teach a course in 20th century theology I think I would pick this book over Fo ...more
Adam Shields
Jun 07, 2016 Adam Shields rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short Review: A good introduction to 13 theologians from the 20th century. These are academic and influential theologians but are often known for fairly theologically dense concepts. It can be a bit dry, but still helpful. The chapters have good context to the theological importance for each character so the chapters can be read independently and/or over time. (I read a chapter here and there for about 6 months.)

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Jul 09, 2015 Karson rated it liked it
Read this bad boy in college. It is a useful introduction to 20th century theologians and thinkers playing with ideas about God. The class we read this in was my first exposure to some great thinkers like Barth, Tillich, Lindbeck, Bonhoeffer, etc. In the class we also talked about men and women from earlier periods but I liked this book. Easy to read. Interesting subject (for me).
Lizette Valles
Apr 03, 2008 Lizette Valles rated it it was amazing
This book will enhance your theological acumen as well as unpack contemporary theologies that have gained recognition by biblical scholars over the last hundred years. Each chapter introduces and highlights theological movements that have garnered debates and unequivocally influenced our perception of God.
Tom Hallberg
Feb 24, 2013 Tom Hallberg rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theology
Great book to have as a quick reference to the theologies of the 20th and 21st centuries. The book is not meant to be an exhaustive explanation of each, but rather a quick but thorough overview.
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