The Story of Christian Theology: Twenty Centuries of Tradition & Reform  -     By: Roger E. Olson
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Inter-Varsity Press / 1999 / Hardcover

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In This panoramic work of historical theology, Roger Olson vividly recounts the deeds and words of the apostolic fathers of the second century, the clash between the theological schools of Alexandria and Antioch, the epochal division between East and West, the revolutionary advent of the Reformation and much more -- right on up to the dazzling, sometimes dismaying fallout that has continued to shake Christians through the twentieth century. Through it all he highlights a common thread: a concern for salvation -- God's redemptive activity in forgiving and transforming sinful human beings.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 656
Vendor: Inter-Varsity Press
Publication Date: 1999
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 0830815058
ISBN-13: 9780830815050
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Voted a 2000 Book of the Year by Christianity Today! Winner of a year 2000 ECPA Gold Medallion Award! History is made up of stories--narratives that recount the events, movements, ideas and lives that have shaped religions and nations. Theologian Roger Olson believes that the history of Christian theology should be told as such a story, one replete with thick plots, exciting twists, interesting people and fascinating ideas. In this panoramic work of historical theology Olson vividly recounts the deeds and words of the cultists and apostolic fathers of the second century, the clash between the theological schools of Alexandria and Antioch, the epochal division between East and West, the revolutionary advent of the Reformation and much more, right on up to the dazzling, sometimes dismaying fallout that has continued to shake Christians through the twentieth century. Through it all Olson detects and traces a common thread: a concern for salvation--God's redemptive activity in forgiving and transforming sinful human beings. Evenhanded, refreshingly readable, impressive in its breadth and depth, The Story of Christian Theology is poised to become a standard historical theology text.

Author Bio

Roger E. Olson (Ph.D., Rice University) is professor of theology at George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He is the author of (both InterVarsity Press) and (Westminster John Knox). He is also coauthor of and (both with Stanley J. Grenz, InterVarsity Press), and of (with Christopher A. Hall, Eerdmans).

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  1. Lachlan Galbraith
    Scottsdale, AZ
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Consider Olson's Book for a Bible Study Group
    September 11, 2012
    Lachlan Galbraith
    Scottsdale, AZ
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Professor Roger Olson's book may be considered by some appropriate only for collegiate and seminary study; however, his narrative format and lucid style has made this book a very successful study text for a men's bible study group at our church. We had grown tired of simplistic guides for bible studies. The men have been meeting for several years and wanted a more challenging experience but one that was, in its conceptual load, manageable for all participants as some do not have any college experience. We particularly appreciated, as this is a Lutheran bible study group, the author's objective, fair assessments of theological traditions that depart from his own doctrinal commitments (Classical Arminian; Baptist). We also were able to use a web site, not affiliated with the author, called the Good Egg Bible Study that has correlated questions for every chapter in his book. Based on our experience, we would encourage adult educators in a church setting to offer short courses based on consecutive segments of the text in conjunction with the class discussion questions available at the Good Egg site. We went through the entire book, but we spent several months accomplishing this.
  2. Brenda
    Lakewood, WA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Readable and relevant - insightful and inspiring.
    March 3, 2012
    Brenda
    Lakewood, WA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book is readable and relevant, inspiring and insightful - a worthwhile journey. It flows through history, introducing intriguing individuals who God used to shape and shield His revelations into the theology that we often take for granted today. It is a testimony to God's presence throughout history, revealing Himself in profound ways at strategic junctures and in historically significant events in church history. I found comfort and confirmation that while God involves people in the implementation of His plans - He doesn't rely on them. In the annals of our Church history, we discover his truth endures and is promulgated not because of our success, piety or skill - but despite it. God truly gets the glory as we see His truth prevail despite human failings and frailties amidst the onslaught of a determined and merciless demonic attack. I savored each chapter, appreciating the efforts of those who boldly wrestled with weighty issues and sought clarification of difficult theological concepts - with a true understanding of what is at stake. The enemy has not slackened his efforts to deceive and destroy and we are not unaware of his snares, as revealed in this book we see the heretical imposters that continue to reinvent themselves even as God utilizes men and events to defend His plan for salvation and declare the truth that unifies the Body of Christ.
  3. Rick
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    August 11, 2010
    Rick
    Olson provides an extensive and engaging treatment of the subject by connecting the significant developments of the past with the modern consequences that they engendered or with qualitatively similar movements today. He omits tedious particulars but retains just enough anecdotes to make the numerous characters in this story both real and accessible. At times, he appears to contradict (or modify) his own explanations when revisiting a topic, and occasionally, I disagreed with his conclusions (e.g., female apostles in the early church!?), but overall, he provides a unique perspective that is much appreciated and worth considering.
  4. James Fisher
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 1, 2009
    James Fisher
    As one who has studied Church History and theology for years, this book is right on. I love how the book moves through the different time periods in order. This way, one can get a real understanding as how we got to where we are today. A must for all personal liberies.
  5. Greg W.
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 11, 2007
    Greg W.
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    A phenomenal intro to the subject. The author lays out both the "what" and the "why" behind every major development in Christian theology.
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