Introduction to Christian Theology  -     By: Justo L. Gonzalez
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Introduction to Christian Theology

Abingdon Press / 2002 / Paperback

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(PUBAbingdon)With students coming to seminary having no background in theology, it's imperative that they be given an overview on how to "think theologically," as well as a concise introduction to Christian doctrine. Also, this makes a splendid ancillary text for a course in systematic theology. 192 pages, softcover.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2002
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 0687095735
ISBN-13: 9780687095735
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This book helps beginning theological students grasp the basics of Christian theology. Consciously avoiding the perspective of one school of thought or confessional tradition, the authors provide the reader with a brief, broad overview of the questions and contents of theological study. Their accessible use of language, clear organization, and careful explanation will prove of invaluable aid to those who are getting their theological feet wet for the first time.

"In the words of its authors, this book offers an introduction 'to the fuller spectrum of Christian theology as it has developed through the centuries.' Few writers address the historical development of the classic doctrines and the contemporary resonance as adroitly as Gonzalez and Perez. The chapter on Jesus Christ, for example, presents concise summaries of the treatments of Christ's person leading up to Chalcedon, while suggesting a need for a multiplicity of images in understanding the work of Christ that liberates the whole person and restores all creation. Beginning students, as a result, are invited into a living theological conversation, where the contested claims of the past have continued relevance in a contemporary era beset by its undervaluing of the body and creation. Broadly ecumenical in tenor, with reference to theologians from nearly every century, the work should appeal to both a popular readership and introductory students in college and seminary. One disappointing aspect of the book is an absence of Latino/a, feminist, and liberation perspectives. For a work that argues for the contextuality of all theology, and from authors whose previous work has been monumental in Hispanic theological education, this lack is surprising."---David H. Jensen, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Religious Studies Review, Volume 29 Number 3, July 2003.

Author Bio

Justo L. Gonzlez has taught at the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico and Candler School of Theology, Emory University. He is the author of many books, including Church History: An Essential Guide and To All Nations From All Nations: A History of the Christian Missionary Movement, both published by Abingdon Press. Justo L. Gonzlez es un ampliamente ledo y respetado historiador y telogo. Es el autor de numerosas obras que incluyen tres volmenes de su Historia del Pensamiento Cristiano, la coleccin de Tres Meses en la Escuela de... (Mateo... Juan... Patmos... Prisin... Espritu), Breve Historia de las Doctrinas Cristianas y El ministerio de la palabra escrita, todas publicadas por Abingdon Press.

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