A History of Christian Theology   -     By: William C. Placher
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A History of Christian Theology

Westminster John Knox Press / 1983 / Paperback

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William Placher has chronicled the whole history of Christian theology, from its background in the history of Israel to the various modes of liberation theology in the late 20th century. Moreover, this book has touched almost all of the important bases and has dealt with significant figures, is sues and movements in an incisive and illuminating manner. This intellectual history, a story of people and their ideas, is a delight to read, and could be widely used in colleges, seminaries, and even by lay institutes or study groups.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 324
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: 1983
Dimensions: 9 X 6 X 1 (inches)
ISBN: 0664244963
ISBN-13: 9780664244965
UPC: 006642449634
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A History of Christian Theology offers a consice yet complete chronicle of the whole history of Christian theology, from its background in the history of Israel to the various modes of liberation theology in the late 20th century. This book is an intellectual history, a story of people and their ideas. It will be valuable for college and seminary students as well as lay study groups.

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William C. Placher was Charles D. and Elizabeth S. LaFollette Distinguished Professor in the Humanities and Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana. He was the author or editor of a number of books including A History of Christian Theology, Jesus the Savior, and Essentials of Christian Theology, all published by WJK.

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    Great Church History resource tool for the classroom, local church context, or personal study. Gives detailed information on key people, dates, and historical circumstances, all of which have had a significant impact on the development of Church History through the ages.
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    Wayne Dawson
    To begin with, I am not a theologian or even a biblical scholar. Hence, as to these professional issues, I am certainly out of my league. As a general introduction to a long history spanning 2000 years, this does bring forth some of the highlights within a historical context. It also provides a lot of references at the end of each chapter that someone serious about learning the history of their faith would need to gather more of the necessary depth.In the places where I have studied Western civilization to some basic depth to comment, I did feel that some matters were glossed over rather lightly. This may be a complaint that far better experts than I would raise; as history is more of a hobby for me. I realize that a one semester course in seminary cannot be expected address both matters of history and theology in all their complexities. Few people in general care much about history see how little we have changed in many thousands of years. Nevertheless, I might have liked to have at least seen an acknowledgment (or a footnote) that those matters existed. Better that than to feel, well, let's pretend it isn't there.Nevertheless, as a single book to help give a person (student) a framework on the subject, I did learn some things I should have known a long time ago. For example, that Hegel was a theologian. In all my philosophy and history courses, that tiny little fact was carefully extracted from all discussion. So I can certainly thank Placher sincerely for mentioning that infinitesimally small little fact.Since many Christians in the pews (and certainly me in particular) seem largely ignorant of both history and theology, I would recommend this as a very readable and informative book. Since I borrowed a copy from someone else, I decided to buy my own so I could mark it up.
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