Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Don't know much about historical theology?

Zondervan is close to releasing a new volume by Greg Allison entitled Historical Theology: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine.

In the introduction
Dr. Allison explains the benefits of knowing the history of Christian doctrine:
1. It helps to distinguish orthodoxy from heresy.
2. It provides sound biblical interpretations and theological formulations.
3. It presents stellar examples of faith, love, courage, hope, obedience, and mercy. 4. It protects against the individualism that is rampant today among Christians.
5. It not only helps the church understand the historical development of its beliefs, but enables it to express those beliefs in contemporary form.
6. It encourages the church to focus on the essentials, that is, to major on those areas that have been emphasized repeatedly throughout the history of the church.
7. It gives the church hope by providing assurance that Jesus is fulfilling his promise to his people.
8. As beneficiaries of the heritage of doctrinal development sovereign overseen by Jesus Christ, the church of today is privileged to enjoy a sense of belong to the church of the past.
From the Publisher:
Most historical theology texts follow Christian beliefs chronologically, discussing notable doctrinal developments for all areas of theology according to their historical appearance. And while this may be good history, it can make for confusing theology, with the classic theological loci scattered throughout various time periods, movements, and controversies.

In Historical Theology, Gregg Allison offers students the opportunity to study the historical development of theology according to a topical-chronological arrangement, setting out the history of Christian doctrine one theological element at a time. Such an approach allows readers to concentrate on one tenet of Christianity and its formulation in the early church, through the Middle Ages, Reformation, and post-Reformation era, and into the modern period.

The text includes a generous mix of primary source material as well, citing the words of Cyprian, Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, Calvin, Barth, and others. Allison references the most accessible editions of these notable theologians’ work so that readers can continue their study of historical theology through Christian history’s most important contributors.

Historical Theology is a superb resource for those familiar with Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology or interested in understanding the development of Christian theology.
HT: Justin Taylor

No comments: