Elements of Christian Thought: A Basic Course in Christianese
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Elements of Christian Thought: A Basic Course in Christianese  -     By: Eugene F. Rogers Jr.
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Title: Elements of Christian Thought: A Basic Course in Christianese
By: Eugene F. Rogers Jr.
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Fortress Press
Publication Date: 2021
Dimensions: 9.25 X 6.25 (inches)
Weight: 1 pound 3 ounces
ISBN: 1506473830
ISBN-13: 9781506473833
Stock No: WW473833

Publisher's Description

In the spring of 2020, as the coronavirus pandemic disrupted classrooms around the world, teachers scrambled to convert their lectures and presentations into a format more conducive to online and distance learning.

For Eugene Rogers, this meant transcribing as closely as possible the spoken lectures that have made his Introduction to Christian Thought course at UNC Greensboro, a course he has taught some forty times, justly famous.

The result is this book: an insightful, winsome, and engaging introduction to the history of Christian thought by a teacher at the height of his craft.

For Rogers, the history of Christian thought is the story of a language--it's "Christianese," if you will--that participants use to frame their agreements and their disagreements alike. From Anselm to Wyschogrod, Rogers introduces us to the most interesting speakers of Christianese and their importance, enabling us to both listen in on and take part in the living conversation about God's activity in and for our world.

Author Bio

Eugene F. Rogers is professor of religious studies and faculty in women's and gender studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has taught at Princeton, Yale, Shaw University Divinity School, among others, and has held numerous fellowships. He is author or editor of five books and many articles and translations. In 2010, The Christian Century named his book Sexuality and the Christian Body among "essential reading" published in the past twenty-five years.

Editorial Reviews

"Rarely does a theologian blend deep scholarship with accessible, engaging, and relatable language in a way that communicates the nuance and depth of theology while also demonstrating the relevance and importance of age-old questions for contemporary life. Rogers does this with humor, authenticity and skill." --Jill Duffield, Senior pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Greensboro, NC

"No one has made Christian theology as exciting for me, a lapsed Catholic who identifies as an atheist, as Gene Rogers has. In his supple hands, what so often seems to be merely lame and authoritarian dogma becomes a living tradition; its debates become as fascinating and urgent as matters of US Supreme Court jurisprudence. Elements of Christian Thought presents itself as a vocabulary lesson in "Christianese," and it is that. But it also teaches its readers the essential skill of distinguishing better theology from worse theology, and readers from all backgrounds will profit from his efforts in this book to minimize the anti-Jewish, sexist, and racist strains in Christian thinking." --Martin Kavka, Florida State University

"Concise, fresh, and very smart, Rogers's textbook lets beginning students in on what is too often a carefully guarded secret: Christian theology is one of the most fascinating subjects anyone can study." -- Kendall Soulen, Professor of Systematic Theology, Emory University, author of The Divine Name(s) and the Holy Trinity

"Many teachers are good at conveying content and describing what other people think. Few have the gift of inviting students to think alongside the teacher him- or herself. Eugene Rogers belongs to this second group. His Elements of Christian Thought shows its readers how they may better "speak Christian" and enter the church's centuries-long conversation over the gospel." --Joseph Mangina, Professor of Theology, Wycliffe College, Toronto

"Could one wish for a more provocative and generative introduction to and outline of Christian theology? In these pages, you are in the hands of one of Christianity's most creative living theologians and one of our best teachers. Here, Rogers is characteristically analytical and grammatical, yet he also writes as a lover of language and thought, a lover committed to depicting the Christian grammar not as a suffocating unified mode of speech but as space within which passionate, illuminating disagreement can occur." --Lauren F. Winner, Duke Divinity School

"I have waited for this book for twenty years, since I sat in the introductory course upon which it is based, and yet the book managed to surprise me in the same way that Rogers insists the well-traveled doctrines of the Christian faith still can." --Rev. Sarah Jobe, chaplain, Interfaith Prison Ministry for Women; prison educator, Duke University Divinity School; and author of Creating with God: The Holy, Confusing Blessedness of Pregnancy

"These lectures have been legendary among undergraduates for decades and here they are, finally, for the public. For insiders and outsiders alike, this book offers a unique, elegant, and deeply learned path into understanding the Christian tradition." --Willis Jenkins, University of Virginia

"Rogers is one of the true masters of the craft of teaching theology. Here, in his inimitable style, he guides us into the rich texture of "a language in which to disagree." This is the book we even didn't realize we were waiting for. But we were." --Anthony Baker, Seminary of the Southwest

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