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William C. Placher and Derek Nelson compile significant passages written by the most important Christian thinkers, from the early church through the Middle Ages, and up to the beginning of the sixteenth century. Illustrating the major theologians, controversies, and schools of thought, Readings in the History of Christian Theology is an essential companion to the study of church history and historical theology. Excerpts are preceded by the editors' introductions, allowing the book to stand alone as a coherent history.

This revised edition expands the work's scope with the addition of many new texts, especially those from the voices of women and others who have been marginalized from the theological tradition. This valuable resource brings together the writings of major theologians from the church's history for a new generation of students.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 220
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0664239331
ISBN-13: 9780664239336

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Author Bio

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 is the author or editor of a number of books, including A History of Christian Theology, Essentials of Christian Theology, and Jesus the Savior, all published by Westminster John Knox Press.

Derek R. Nelson is Associate Professor of Religion at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana. He is the author of Sin: A Guide for the Perplexed and What's Wrong with Sin and coauthor of A History of Christian Theology, Second Edition, published by Westminster John Knox Press.

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"This thoughtful collection of works from the Early Church to the Late Middle ages provides an excellent introduction to the history of Christianity. This diverse anthology includes selections from normative and non-normative authors, from well-known and lesser known writers, from men and women, from theologians and mystics. The insightful chapter introductions and brief summaries of each reading make this a reliable guide for the student and teacher alike."
—Carl Beckwith, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University

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    If we do not learn from the past we are doomed to repeat it. Good or bad decisions, history is important for us to know and his is the line of thinking that we as a people must have when it comes to history, be it ecclesiastical, national, familial, or cultural. History is important and when we look at why our forefathers wrote, experiences and rebelled against, we see why out world looks like it does today. When one studies ecclesiastical history this is even more true.

    In Westminster John Knox Presss new book Readings in the History of Christian Theology (Vol. 2) Revised Edition edited by William C. Placher and Derek R. Nelson the history of the Church is examined though the lense of the written works of prominent scholars and thinkers from the reformation to the present.

    This one volume examines just shy of 100 important theological works from the church fathers up to but not including the Reformation. When all of these collected works are examined as a unit they represent an important time at the beginning of the Church. When examined as individual works these documents represent a particular branch of Christianity in its proper cultural context.

    Unfortunately due to the immense size of all of these works, for size concerns, each work is edited and much of the discourses are gone. This is a premise problem with the book. A short volume of important original sources must be long if it contains all of the work. While the editors did a commendable job at editing the sources, yet the central tenants of each work remain intact. I therefore would caution those who might think that a work contained in this volume is the full text rather and a highly abridged version, abet done with impeccable precision and intent.

    This book was provided to me free of charge from Westminster John Knox Publishing in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.

    Readings in the History of Christian Theology (Vol. 1) Revised Edition

    2015

    Publisher: Westminster John Knox Publishing

    Page Count: 220 Pages

    ISBN: 978-0664239336
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