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Voted a 2000 Book of the Year by Christianity Today! Winner of a year 2000 ECPA Gold Medallion Award! History is made up of stories--narratives that recount the events, movements, ideas and lives that have shaped religions and...
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Voted a 2000 Book of the Year by Christianity Today!
Winner of a year 2000 ECPA Gold Medallion Award!
History is made up of stories--narratives that recount the events, movements, ideas and lives that have shaped religions and nations. Theologian Roger Olson believes that the history of Christian theology should be told as such a story, one replete with thick plots, exciting twists, interesting people and fascinating ideas.
In this panoramic work of historical theology Olson vividly recounts the deeds and words of the cultists and apostolic fathers of the second century, the clash between the theological schools of Alexandria and Antioch, the epochal division between East and West, the revolutionary advent of the Reformation and much more, right on up to the dazzling, sometimes dismaying fallout that has continued to shake Christians through the twentieth century. Through it all Olson detects and traces a common thread: a concern for salvation--God's redemptive activity in forgiving and transforming sinful human beings.
Evenhanded, refreshingly readable, impressive in its breadth and depth, The Story of Christian Theology is poised to become a standard historical theology text.
2000 GOLD MEDALLION WINNER Olson offers an engaging perspective of historical theology, presenting it in vivid narrative form. His panoramic work recounts the deeds of cultists and apostolic fathers of the second century, the clash between the theological schools of Alexandria and Antioch, the revolutionary advent of the Reformation, and more. Throughout, Olson traces a common thread: a concern for salvation.
Roger E. Olson (Ph.D., Rice University) is professor of theology at George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He is the author of The Story of Christian Theology: Twenty Centuries of Tradition and Reform, The Mosaic of Christian Belief: Twenty Centuries of Unity and Diversity, and the editor of The Westminster Handbook to Evangelical Theology He is also co-author of 20th-Century Theology: God and the World in a Transitional Age and Who Needs Theology? An Invitation to the Study of God (both with the late Stan Grenz.
His most recent publications are Questions to All Your Answers: The Journey from Folk Religion to Examined Faith(Zondervan, 2007), The Pocket History of Evangelical Theology (InterVarsity Press, 2007), How to Be Evangelical without Being Conservative (Zondervan, 2008), Finding God in the Shack: Seeking Truth in a Story of Evil and Redemption (InterVarsity Press, 2009) and Universal Salvation: the Most Appealing Heresy (InterVarsity Press)
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- Abbreviations & General Information For Readers
- Introduction: Christian Theology As Story
- <strong>part I: The Opening Act: Conflicting Christian Visions In The Second Century</strong>
- 1. Critics & Cultists Cause Confusion
- 2. The Apostolic Fathers Explain The Way
- 3. The Apologists Defend The Faith
- 4. Irenaeus Exposes Heresies
- <strong>part Ii: The Plot Thickens: Third-century Tensions & Transformations</strong>
- 5. North African Thinkers Examine Philosophy
- 6. Origen Of Alexandria Leaves A Troubling Legacy
- 7. Cyprian Of Carthage Promotes Unity
- 8. Christianity Gets Its Act Together
- <strong>part Iii: A Great Crisis Rocks The Church: The Controversy About The Trinity</strong>
- 9. Alexandrians Argue About The Son Of God
- 10. The Church Responds At The Council Of Nicea
- 11. Athanasius Stubbornly Keeps The Faith
- 12. The Cappadocian Fathers Settle The Issue
- <strong>part Iv: Another Crisis Shakes The Church: The Conflict Over The Person Of Christ</strong>
- 13. The Schools Of Antioch & Alexandria Clash Over Christ
- 14. Nestorius & Cyril Bring The Controversy To A Head
- 15. Chalcedon Protects The Mystery
- 16. Fallout From The Conflict Continues
- <strong>part V: A Tale Of Two Churches: The Great Tradition Divides Between East & West</strong>
- 17. Augustine Confesses God's Glory & Human Depravity
- 18. The Western Church Becomes Roman Catholic
- 19. The Eastern Church Becomes Eastern Orthodox
- 20. The Great Schism Creates Two Traditions Out Of One
- <strong>part Vi: The Saga Of The Queen Of Sciences: Scholastics Revive & Enthrone Theology</strong>
- 21. Anselm & Abelard Speculate About God's Ways
- 22. Thomas Aquinas Summarizes Christian Truth
- 23. Nominalists, Reformers & Humanists Challenge The Scholastic Synthesis
- <strong>part Vii: A New Twist In The Narratives: The Western Church Reforms & Divides</strong>
- 24. Luther Rediscovers The Gospel & Divides The Church
- 25. Zwingli & Calvin Organize Protestant Thought
- 26. Anabaptists Go Back To The Roots Of Christianity
- 27. Rome & Canterbury Go Separate But Parallel Ways
- <strong>part Viii: The Center Of The Story Falls Apart: Protestants Follow Diverse Paths</strong>
- 28. Arminians Attempt To Reform Reformed Theology
- 29. Pietists Seek To Renew Lutheran Theology
- 30. Puritans & Methodists Struggle To Revive English Theology
- 31. Deists Try To Transform Protestant Theology
- <strong>part Ix: The Overall Plots Divides: Liberals & Conservatives Respond To Modernity</strong>
- 32. Liberal Theology Accommodates To Modern Culture
- 33. Conservative Theology Hardens Traditional Categories
- 34. Neo-orthodoxy Transcends The Divide
- 35. Contemporary Theology Struggles With Diversity
- Conclusion: The Unfinished Story & Its Future