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A Layman's Guide to Protestant Theology:

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  47 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 28th 2002 by Wipf & Stock Pub (first published February 1st 1968)
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Apr 03, 2014 Cincylitigator rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Halfway through. Great sketch of history. Incredible implications for understanding the 20th century. If you were born in that century and want to understand where you came from this is a great tool. I can't wait to finish and pick up some Barth to read.

Well almost finished now. I found the book compelling and hard to put down. My theology is mostly fundamental but this is unsatisfying in many ways as it leaves some dissonance that started very early in my Christian walk when I noticed apparent
Oct 06, 2015 Nenad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Excellent overview of Protestant theology; concise and to the point. Having said that, it is dated: the edition I read was published in 1968 and so one won't find here a treatment of current developments in theology. Still, the chapters on the great theologians of the 20th century - Barth, Tillich, Niebuhr - serve as a well written introduction to their thought.
Mar 29, 2015 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit dated, but a great brief history of protestant theology and a good introduction to the currents of the late 19th and early-to-mid 20th century of the same. I feel like I missed an opportunity by not reading this with other people because there would have been a lot of interesting things to talk about.
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Mar 13, 2010 J. Ewbank rated it it was amazing
William Hordern has written an excellent book for the layman as the title shows, but it is also an excellent book for the minister as well.

Hordern is extremely readable. He is able to take complicated thoughts and put them in a way that it is very understandable. He also is able to take thoughts and opinions that differ from him and consider them fairly and yet able to present his concepts and ideas as well.

This book is a good read, even though it is getting old now, it has an abundance of good
Scott Pagel
May 17, 2010 Scott Pagel rated it really liked it
This is a fantastic intro to theology. The weakness is that it is quite dated. Actually, it doesn’t matter for most issues, it just means that any of the more recent developments are missing. But we’ve lived through those developments so it isn’t a huge problem. The Boehoeffer stuff was especially good.
May 17, 2009 Melanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dated and a little too casually chatty at points, but the sections on Kierkegaard, Barth, Niebuhr, and Tillich were particularly good for helping me orient myself in the developments of 20th century theology. I also liked the chapter on conservative/fundamentalist Christianity.
Oct 10, 2014 Thomas rated it it was amazing
Great handbook/simple resource for studying the liberal and conservative divide in 20th century theology. A Good resource for 20th century theology students or ministers who have people who may or may not be influenced by these ideas.
Michael Brady
A concise and informative review of the topic into the late 1960s (and has anything else changed much since then?). Very accessible.
Rob the Obscure
very useful
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