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The History of Christian Thought

Paperback|Jun 2007
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Why read about the history of Christian thought? Because, if you are Christian yourself, it helps you to understand the faith--addressing everything from where Christians got their ideas of the Trinity and how Christ can be both human and...

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Why read about the history of Christian thought?

Because, if you are Christian yourself, it helps you to understand the faith--addressing everything from where Christians got their ideas of the Trinity and how Christ can be both human and divine to what they think about issues like feminism, globalization and social justice.

And because, even if you are not, all Western society has been shaped by the influence of thinkers like Augustine, Aquinas and Luther. You can't understand the world as it is without knowing something about Christian thought.

Jonathan Hill has the uncanny ability to sketch portraits of his subjects--whether early church apologists, medieval doctors of the church, Reformation giants, nineteenth-century philosophical behemoths or contemporary feminist scholars--that are simultaneously lively, brief and revealing. Similarly, he ably penetrates to the nub of their thought, combining apt description with pithy quotations from their work.

Significant events, councils, movements and terms are introduced and explained, which put the cast of characters in context and illumine their place within the development of Christian thought. Not content to merely describe, Hill offers pertinent assessments that highlight the strengths and weaknesses of his subjects' contributions to Christian thinking and spurs you to reflect on significant issues for yourself.

A society with no grasp of its history is like a person without a memory. So Hill, in this lively and accessible introduction, offers you a wealth of insight on the history of Christian thought and the colorful personalities of those who gave it shape and form.


  • Catalogue Code 263207
  • Product Code 9780830828456
  • ISBN 0830828451
  • EAN 9780830828456
  • Pages 352
  • Department Academic
  • Category Philosophy
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Intervarsity Press
  • Publication Date Jun 2007
  • Sales Rank 62546
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 25mm
  • Weight 0.522kg

Jonathan Hill

Jonathan Hill (Ph.D., National University of Singapore) previously worked as a subtitler for Sky News, Sky Sports and Channel Five, a Researcher for Prospect Pictures and Production Assistant for NHK Europe, where he was involved in the conception, writing and research of new television programmes and documentaries. Jonathan is also a freelance copy editor and proof reader, and especially enjoys working on Terry Pratchett novels. Jonathan is willing to talk about anything, but expresses a particular fondness for the Blues...
He is the author of The History of Christian Thought; Faith in the Age of Reason; What Has Christianity Ever Done for Us?; The Crucible of Christianity and The Big Questions
Koorong -Editorial Review.

  • Introduction
  • <strong>part 1: The Church Fathers</strong>
  • Greek Philosophy
  • Justin Martyr
  • Rome
  • Irenaeus Of Lyons
  • Gnosticism
  • Tertullian
  • Origen
  • Alexandria
  • Neoplatonism
  • The Conversion Of Constantine
  • Arianism
  • The First Council Of Nicea
  • Athanasius
  • Constantinople
  • The Cappadocian Fathers
  • The First Council Of Constantinople
  • The Desert Fathers
  • Pelagianism
  • Augustine Of Hippo
  • Cyril Of Alexandria
  • The Council Of Ephesus
  • The Council Of Chaldedon
  • <strong>part 2: The Byzantine Empire</strong>
  • Byzantium
  • Pseudo-dionysius
  • The Second Council Of Constantinople
  • The Third Council Of Constantinople
  • Maximus The Confessor
  • Symeon The New Theologian
  • The Second Council Of Nicaea
  • The Rise Of Islam
  • The Great Schism
  • Gregory Palamas
  • Mount Athos
  • The Third Rome
  • <strong>part 3: The Middle Ages</strong>
  • The Dark Ages
  • The Holy Roman Empire
  • Augustine Of Canterbury
  • Erigena
  • The Monasteries
  • Anselm
  • Feudalism
  • Chivalry
  • Peter Abelard
  • Paris
  • The Mendicant Orders
  • Thomas Aquinas
  • The Rediscovery Of Aristotle
  • Bonaventure
  • John Duns Scotus
  • Oxford
  • Medieval Mysticism
  • The Inquisition
  • John Wyclif
  • Jan Hus
  • <strong>part 4: The Reformation</strong>
  • The Renaissance
  • Martin Luther
  • The Conquistadors
  • John Calvin
  • Geneva
  • The Later Reformation
  • The Council Of Trent
  • Puritanism
  • Pietism
  • John Wesley
  • <strong>part 5: The Modern Era</strong>
  • The Enlightenment
  • Gotthold Lessing
  • Immanuel Kant
  • Romanticism
  • Friedrich Schleiermacher
  • T&amp;uuml;bingen
  • Sren Kierkegaard
  • Geology And Biology
  • Evangelicalism
  • Albrecht Ritschl
  • John Henry Newman
  • The Oxford Movement
  • The First Vatican Council
  • Albert Schweitzer
  • <strong>part 6: The 20th Century</strong>
  • Karl Barth
  • Rudolf Bultmann
  • Existentialism
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Reinhold Niebuhr
  • Paul Tillich
  • Karl Rahner
  • The Second Vatican Council
  • Process Theology
  • Liberation Theology
  • Pentecostalism
  • J&amp;uuml;gen Moltmann
  • Feminist Theology
  • Postmodernism
  • Wolfhart Pannenberg
  • African Christianity
  • Asian Christianity
  • Epilogue
  • Glossary
  • Further Reading
  • Index

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