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The Christian Theology Reader

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The most comprehensive book of its kind, the new edition of the Christian Theology Reader collects more than 360 readings that illuminate the key doctrines, point of views, intellectual developments, and theologies from various factions of Christian history.

Contains 361 readings, drawn from 233 different sources, spread throughout the 2,000 years of Christian history.

Paperback, 744 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Blackwell Publishers (first published January 1st 1995)
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Jan 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
Kristi Stewart Elliott
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent source for original Christian texts, but in an accessible way.
Bret James Stewart
Nov 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jeff Elliott
Feb 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Pamela Tucker
Aug 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Christopher Porter
Sep 16, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
May 22, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: at-hand
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.
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent resource for those who want to sample the primary sources of theology who simply don't have the time or inclination to collect and read hundreds of books. The selections are diverse and fair and will hopefully compel readers to dig deeper into the subjects that interests them while doing theology.
Chet Duke
This was our readings textbook for Systematic Theology. Awesome! I dont know how McGrath has time to put something like this together! He not only presents the material with brief introductions, but each section provides summaries and study questions. I plan to keep this book for a long time.
Apr 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 08, 2012 rated it liked it
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.
Deb H
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theology
Excellent introduction to Christian theology for advanced high school students or college undergraduates.
Craig Prather
Great read! This supplemental text is great in terms of giving a simple overview on the doctrines of patristic and modern theologians.
Sam Eccleston
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Exhaustive, bordering on repetitive, selection of the key contributions of great Christian thinkers.
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Alister Edgar McGrath is a Northern Irish theologian, priest, intellectual historian, scientist, and Christian apologist. He currently holds the Andreas Idreos Professorship in Science and Religion in the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford, and is Professor of Divinity at Gresham College. He was previously Professor of Theology, Ministry, and Education at King's College L ...more

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