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Brief History of Theology

Author(s): Derek Johnston

ISBN13: 9781847060914

ISBN10: 1847060919


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  • A Brief History of Theology Is A Concise and Engaging Introduction To A Subject Which Has Fascinated And Challenged People For Thousands Of Years. This Is The Ideal Book For Those Coming To Theology For The First Time. Starting With The New Testament Johnston Then Moves Through The Western Theological Tradition Focusing On Key Figures Such As Augustine And Aquinas The Book Then Addresses 20th Century Theologians From Both Reformed And Roman Catholic Traditions Incorporating A Wide Spectrum Of Thinkers From Karl Barth To Feminist Theologians.

  • Derek Johnston

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    At first glance, it would seem impossible to write a history of Christian theology that runs only 300-odd pages. However, this book is not so much a history of theology as it is a sampling of key figures from that history. These theological "snapshots" are designed to provide an introduction to readers who have little or no familiarity with the subject. Johnston (former vice principal, Midleton Coll., Ireland) has over 30 years of experience teaching theology, and he is effective in explaining difficult concepts in a clear and simple manner. He also includes helpful definitions of theological terms throughout the book, assisting the reader in grasping the material. Johnston generally makes excellent selections in terms of theological figures to cover, featuring Paul, gospel writers, Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, Loyola, Calvin, Wesley, Schleiermacher, Newman, Barth, Bonhoeffer, Rahner, Reuther, Breuggeman, and Cupitt. Johnston also provides brief historical discussions that link the different periods covered by these theological writers. Recommended for all libraries.

    - Library Journal


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