A Concise History of Christian Thought (2006)
A Concise History of Christian Thought offers a succinct, readable survey of key Christian thinkers and significant theological developments from the church's inception to the present. In addition to surveying over one hundred important Christian thinkers from Justin Martyr to...
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A Concise History of Christian Thought offers a succinct, readable survey of key Christian thinkers and significant theological developments from the church's inception to the present. In addition to surveying over one hundred important Christian thinkers from Justin Martyr to Joseph Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI), the book also covers major creeds, councils, and documents. Representative extracts allow the reader to hear from each of the key thinkers in his or her own words. After having sold more than 50,000 copies in its earlier editions, the current edition has been refined and updated throughout and includes new material on key contemporary thinkers. It will appeal to church leaders, interested laity, and students.
"This is a book that will prove exceptionally useful not only to students but also to all those Christians who know many of the names of the great Christian thinkers of past and present but, in many cases, have only the vaguest impression of what they actually thought. Here they can find a succinct, accurate, readily intelligible, and interesting account of the thought of Cyril of Alexandria, John Wyclif, Jonathan Edwards, Reinhold Niebuhr, Hans Kung, and many others, mostly individual theologians but also including some creeds, confessions, and councils. Each period has a brief scene-setting introduction, and each thinker is not only described but also quoted--a valuable feature because even a brief paragraph gives the reader something of the 'flavor' of each person's work."--Richard Bauckham, professor of New Testament, St. Andrews University"A Concise History of Christian Thought offers readers a comprehensive view of the broad sweep of Christian theology throughout the ages. It is reliable, readable, and unique in offering well-chosen representative selections from many great thinkers of the past and present. Unlike some treatments of the subject, it includes minority theologies not part of the magisterial traditions. I recommend this revision of Tony Lane's earlier volume to readers interested in a fairly concise handbook of the history of theology."--Roger E. Olson, professor of theology, George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University; author of The Story of Christian Theology"Lane's learned and lucid survey of the history of theology will be treasured by teachers and students for years to come. Organized as it is around brief but solid descriptions of over one hundred major thinkers and more than two dozen church councils, papal encyclicals, and confessions, it will be used with great profit as both an introductory text and a handy reference book."--Douglas A. Sweeney, associate professor of church history and the history of Christian thought, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Tony Lane is professor of historical theology and director of research at the London School of Theology. He is the author of a number of books, including The Lion Christian Classics Collection, John Calvin: Student of the Church Fathers, and Justification by Faith in Catholic-Protestant Dialogue.