Makers of Christian Theology in America
Makers of Christian Theology in America   -     By: Mark G. Toulouse, James O. Duke
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Makers of Christian Theology in America

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(PUBAbingdon)"This intellectual portrait of 91 key figures, all of which are introduced by acknowledged experts, is an important and scholarly volume offering students an overall view from the colonial period to the present day,"---Theological Book Review. There's Mather, Bushnell, Hodge, Meyendorff, Merton. . . . 568 pages, softcover.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 560
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 1997
Dimensions: 9 X 6 X 1 1/4 (inches)
ISBN: 0687007666
ISBN-13: 9780687007660

Publisher's Description

This important reference work presents critical, analytical, and interpretive essays on more than ninety figures who have been particularly important in shaping and influencing the development of Christian theology in America. The work is organized into four major sections: The Colonial Period (1607-1789); The National Period (1789-1865); The Post Civil War Period (1865-1918); and The Modern Period (1918-1970). Each section has a separate introduction by the editors tracing major theological developments in that historical period. A substantial concluding article by Martin Marty traces theological developments, trends and movements in American theology since 1965.

Each essay includes: (1) basic biographical data regarding the life, career, and major writings of the figure (2) an analysis of the key theological issues and/or concepts to which the figure responded (3) a critical discussion of the major theological themes developed in the course of the figure's career (4) an assessment of the immediate influence of the figure's thought and its significance for subsequent theological developments. Brief bibliographies at the end of each essay point readers to the most important and useful primary and secondary literature for each figure.

"Makers of Christian Theology is a welcome and long-needed addition to reference and textbook possibilities for courses on Religion in North America. . . . It is dramatically more inclusive and even-handed in its selection of figures for an historical orientation to theological developments in North American Christianity than any previous attempt. . . . Both the design of the book and the content of the individual essays reflect the fruit of the best current work on Christian theology in America. I recommend it highly " --Randy L. Maddox, Professor of Religion and Philosophy

Author Bio

James Duke, Professor of the History of Christianity and the History of Christian Thought at Brite Divinity School, received his B.A. from the University of Maryland and his M.Div. and Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. He has taught at the University of Montana and Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California, where he was a member of the Doctoral Faculty in Historical Studies at the Graduate Theological Union. He is recipient of the TCU Deans' Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Catherine Saylor Hill Award for Faculty Excellence. His publications include translations of German theologian Friedrich Schleiermacher as well as studies in the history of theology in North America, history and doctrine of the Stone-Campbell movement, and theological methodology. He has served as editor of American Academy of Religion publications and at present is on the editorial team preparing The New Westminster Dictionary of Church History. He is an ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Some of his many books include: How to Think Theologically, Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2006; Sources of Christian Theology in America, Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1999; Makers of Christian Theology in America, Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1997; Christian Faith Seeking Historical Understanding: Essays in Honor of H. Jack Forstman, Macon, Ga: Mercer University Press, 1997 Mark G. Toulouse is Professor of History of Christianity and Dean of Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University.

Publisher's Weekly

Not a portrait gallery so much as a sketchbook, this extensive collection of vignettes drawn by an array of authorities offers a taste of the dizzying variety of thinkers who have shaped theology in America since the earliest days of European colonization. Behind the variety, according to the contributors, lie some important patterns in the making of American Christian theology: Reformed theology looms as a major influence even in thinkers who do not associate with that tradition; a significant number of figures gathered here are not theologians so much as preachers or activists; "commonsense realism," imported from Scotland, surfaces repeatedly in pragmatic forms among both "conservatives" and "liberals"; and English-speaking traditions dominate, even where German theology or philosophy is acknowledged. As is so often the case in contemporary histories of American religion, Martin Marty, the dean of American church historians, gets the last word. Marty points out the "particularistic" character of American religion in recent times, and he demonstrates that such particularism is consistent with the local, congregational character of American churches and American theology. Marty's explication, together with the bibliographic pointers at the end of each vignette and the editors' introductions at the beginning of each section, will give readers some intriguing threads to follow as they pursue their own investigations. (Oct.)

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