In The Great Theologians: A Brief Guide Gerald McDermott examines the life and teaching of the great theologians while also spelling out their relevance for today. If you have wanted to learn about the great theologians, but found the task overwhelming, this book is written for you. McDermott teaches us about eleven pivotal theologians from the Patristic era to the Modern period; about their thought, their place in history and perhaps most importantly he gives a detailed explanation of why they continue to be relevant today.
Theologians considered include, Origen, Athanasius, Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, Calvin, Edwards, Schleiermacher, Newman, Barth, von Balthasar. Study questions accompany each chapter, and makes this book a perfect tool for introducing the great theologians to church small groups/classes in an accessible way. The book will also make an oustanding supplementary text book for introductory and/or survey courses in Theology or Doctrine.