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God in Dispute: "Conversations" Among Great Christian Thinkers

Roger E Olson
God in Dispute: "Conversations" Among Great Christian Thinkers
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God in Dispute: "Conversations" Among Great Christian Thinkers

Roger E Olson

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This volume creatively explores the history of Christian thought by imagining a series of twenty-nine dialogues and debates between key figures throughout church history. It traces the history of theology via such conversation partners as Augustine and Pelagius, Calvin and Arminius, Barth and Brunner, and Bultmann and Pannenberg.

Each imagined dialogue includes a brief summary that introduces the figures under consideration, a more detailed assessment of the thinkers and theological issues presented, and a guide for further reading. This approach offers readers an entertaining, informative, and concise history of Christian thought.



- Publisher A Creative Overview of the History of Christian ThoughtGod in Dispute imagines a series of dialogues and debates among key figures throughout church history. Roger Olson traces the history of theology from the early church fathers to the present via such conversation partners as Augustine and Pelagius, Calvin and Arminius, Barth and Brunner, and Bultmann and Pannenberg. This approach offers an entertaining, informative, and concise history of Christian thought and gives readers an overview of influential figures and issues throughout the centuries. Each chapter includes:1) a brief summary that introduces the figures under consideration and places them in the history of theology, 2) the imagined dialogue/debate, 3) a more detailed assessment of the thinkers and theological issues presented, and 4) a guide for further reading."Most textbooks that trace the development of historical theology provide us with content, unpacking the positions of theologians and major schools of thought. While Olson's book does that, it also does much more. By bringing generations of Christian thinkers together in dialogue to discuss a number of topics, Olson helps us understand that the Christian tradition is a complex, lively, ongoing argument about what happened in Jesus Christ. And while most textbooks leave the reader an arm's length from the disputes, Olson's approach invites us into the fray as participants in the debates. This is a unique text that makes historical theology come alive."--Dennis Okholm, professor of theology, Azusa Pacific University"God in Dispute creatively presents significant issues in Christian doctrine through imaginary dialogues between giants in the history of our faith. Professors, students, and laypeople alike will find it a valuable resource."--Vincent Bacote, associate professor of theology, director, Center for Applied Christian Ethics, Wheaton College

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This volume creatively explores the history of Christian thought by imagining a series of twenty-nine dialogues and debates between key figures throughout church history. It traces the history of theology via such conversation partners as Augustine and Pelagius, Calvin and Arminius, Barth and Brunner, and Bultmann and Pannenberg.

Each imagined dialogue includes a brief summary that introduces the figures under consideration, a more detailed assessment of the thinkers and theological issues presented, and a guide for further reading. This approach offers readers an entertaining, informative, and concise history of Christian thought.


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A Creative Overview of the History of Christian ThoughtGod in Dispute imagines a series of dialogues and debates among key figures throughout church history. Roger Olson traces the history of theology from the early church fathers to the present via such conversation partners as Augustine and Pelagius, Calvin and Arminius, Barth and Brunner, and Bultmann and Pannenberg. This approach offers an entertaining, informative, and concise history of Christian thought and gives readers an overview of influential figures and issues throughout the centuries. Each chapter includes:1) a brief summary that introduces the figures under consideration and places them in the history of theology, 2) the imagined dialogue/debate, 3) a more detailed assessment of the thinkers and theological issues presented, and 4) a guide for further reading."Most textbooks that trace the development of historical theology provide us with content, unpacking the positions of theologians and major schools of thought. While Olson's book does that, it also does much more. By bringing generations of Christian thinkers together in dialogue to discuss a number of topics, Olson helps us understand that the Christian tradition is a complex, lively, ongoing argument about what happened in Jesus Christ. And while most textbooks leave the reader an arm's length from the disputes, Olson's approach invites us into the fray as participants in the debates. This is a unique text that makes historical theology come alive."--Dennis Okholm, professor of theology, Azusa Pacific University"God in Dispute creatively presents significant issues in Christian doctrine through imaginary dialogues between giants in the history of our faith. Professors, students, and laypeople alike will find it a valuable resource."--Vincent Bacote, associate professor of theology, director, Center for Applied Christian Ethics, Wheaton College
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Meet the Author

Roger E Olson

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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Table Of Contents

  • Introduction
    1. Second-century Critic Celsus Queries Polycarp, Valentinus, And Montanus About The Christian Sect
    2. Second-century Critic Celsus Interviews Tertullian, Irenaeus, And Clement About Christianity
    3. Second- And Third-century Leaders Irenaeus, Tertullian, And Clement Discuss Beliefs Necessary To Be A True Christian
    4. Second- And Third-century Origen And Tertullian Debate Faith's Relationship To Reason And The Nature Of The Eternal Godhead
    5. Third-century Bishop Cyprian Of Carthage Is Interviewed About The Church And Salvation
    6. Fourth-century Alexandrians Deacon Athanasius And Presbyter Arius Are Interviewed About The Council Of Nicaea
    7. The Fourth-century Cappadocian Fathers Meet To Settle On The Orthodox Doctrine Of The Trinity
    8. Prominent Fifth-century Thinkers Cyril, Apollinaris, Nestorius, And Eutyches Discuss The Humanity And Divinity Of Jesus Christ
    9. Fifth-century Bishop Augustine Of Hippo And British Monk Pelagius Argue About Sin And Salvation
    10. Medieval Abbot-archbishop Anselm Of Canterbury And Monk-philosopher Abelard Debate Faith, Reason, And Atonement
    11. Medieval Scholastic Philosopher-theologian Thomas Aquinas And Tree-hugger Francis Of Assisi Enthuse On How To Know God
    12. Sixteenth-century Bucer Convenes Luther, Karlstadt, Erasmus, Zwingli, Grebel, Calvin, And Servetus On Church Reform
    13. Reformer Luther And Roman Catholic Theologian Eck Dispute The Nature Of Salvation, Grace, Faith, And Justification
    14. Reformers Luther, Hubmaier, Zwingli, And Calvin Debate The Lord's Supper And Baptism
    15. Sixteenth-century Reformer Calvin And Seventeenth-century Theologian Arminius Contest Divergent Views Of Salvation
    16. Eighteenth-century Evangelical Revivalists-theologians Wesley And Edwards Compare Differing Views Of Salvation
    17. Eighteenth-century Irish Deist Toland And English Evangelist Wesley Debate Faith And Reason, God And Miracles
    18. Enlightenment Philosophers Locke, Kant, And Hegel Deal With Issues Impinging On Christian Theology
    19. Father Of Modern Theology Schleiermacher And Philosophers Kant And Hegel Debate The Essence Of Religion And Christianity
    20. Theologians Liberal Rauschenbusch And Conservative Machen Argue About True Christianity, The Bible, Evolution, And Doctrine
    21. Twentieth-century Barth And Brunner Discuss Theological Method With Nineteenth-century Liberal Schleiermacher
    22. Barth And Brunner Contest Their Differences On Natural Theology And Whether All Will Be Saved
    23. Twentieth-century Theological Giants Barth And Tillich Discuss Crucial Issues, Christ And Culture
    24. Twentieth-century Ethicists Rauschenbusch, Niebuhr, Gutiérrez, Yoder, And Olasky Dispute The Meaning Of Justice
    25. Twentieth-century Theologians Bultmann And Pannenberg Debate Faith, Myth, And Jesus's Resurrection
    26. Twentieth-century Theologians Henry And Ramm Dispute About Evangelical Theology, Modernity, And The Enlightenment
    27. Twentieth-century Roman Catholic Theologian Rahner Is Interviewed About His Controversial But Influential Theories
    28. Three Liberation Theologians Debate About Humanity's Worst Oppression And How Liberation Should Happen
    29. Three Postmodern Theologians Discuss The Meaning Of Theology In Postmodern Culture

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Product Details
  • Catalogue Code 290877
  • Product Code 9780801036392
  • ISBN 0801036399
  • EAN 9780801036392
  • Pages 304
  • Department Academic
  • Category Theology
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Baker Book House
  • Publication Date Oct 2009
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 20 mm
  • Weight 0.424kg

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