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The Christian Theology Reader

Alister E. McGrath

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9781405153584: The Christian Theology Reader

The most comprehensive book of its kind, the new edition of the Christian Theology Reader collects more than 360 readings that illuminate the key doctrines, point of views, intellectual developments, and theologies from various factions of Christian history.


  • Contains 361 readings, drawn from 233 different sources, spread throughout the 2,000 years of Christian history.
  • Exceptionally user-friendly: every reading is accompanied its own introduction, commentary, and study questions.
  • Now includes increased representation of Catholicism, Orthodoxy and women writers.
  • A new section provides a “bird’s-eye” view of the historical development of Christian theology, allowing users to locate a reading against its historical context.
  • Additional lecturer resources are available at the accompanying website: www.blackwellpublishing.com/mcgrath.

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This bestselling volume is now available in a fully updated and expanded 3rd edition, bringing together 361 readings drawn from 233 different sources, and charting the 2,000 years of Christian history.



  • Each reading illustrates a key doctrine, point of view, intellectual development, or theological landmark

  • Exceptionally user-friendly: every reading is accompanied by its own introduction, commentary, and study questions

  • Features increased coverage of Catholicism, Orthodoxy, and women writers, and includes important sources from patristic, medieval, reformation, and modern periods

  • A new section provides a bird’s-eye view of the historical development of Christian theology, allowing users to locate a reading against its historical context

  • Additional writers featured include: Yves Congar, Walter Kasper, Bernard Lonergan, Bonaventure, Duns Scotus, Stanley Hauerwas, John Paul II, C. S. Lewis, Maximus the Confessor, Rosemary Radford Ruether, Dorothee Sölle, Dumitru Staniloae, and Rowan Williams.


Whether used as a free-standing resource, or as a companion to various introductions to theology, including McGrath’s market-leading textbook, Christian Theology: An Introduction 4th edition, this Reader is the most comprehensive, accessible and inclusive book of its kind. The 3rd edition is accompanied by a website at www.blackwellpublishing.com/mcgrath.

About the Author:

Alister E. McGrath is Professor of Historical Theology at Oxford University, and Senior Research Fellow at Harris Manchester College, Oxford. He is a world-renowned theologian, and is the author of numerous bestselling titles available through Blackwell Publishing, including The Christian Theology Reader 3rd edition (2007), Theology: The Basics (2004), Christianity: An Introduction 2nd edition (2006), A Brief History of Heaven (2003), and Dawkins’ God (2004).

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Book Description Wiley-Blackwell, 2006. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Mission Statement.Preface.Approaching the Readings.To the Student: How to Use this Work.To the Teacher: How to Use this Book.The Development of Christian Theology: An Historical Overview.Acknowledgements.Editor's Note.1 Getting Started: Preliminaries.Introduction.1.1 Justin Martyr on Philosophy and Theology.1.2 Clement of Alexandria on Philosophy and Theology.1.3 Tertullian on the Relation of Philosophy and Heresy.1.4 Augustine on Philosophy and Theology.1.5 The Nicene Creed.1.6 The Apostles' Creed.1.7 Anselm of Canterbury's Proof for the Existence of God.1.8 Gaunilo's Reply to Anselm's Argument.1.9 Thomas Aquinas on Proofs for the Existence of God.1.10 Thomas Aquinas on the Principle of Analogy.1.11 William of Ockham on Proofs of God's Existence.1.12 Martin Luther on the Theology of the Cross.1.13 John Calvin on the Nature of Faith.1.14 The Heidelberg Catechism on Images of God.1.15 John Locke on the Formation of the Concept of God.1.16 Ren_ Descartes on the Existence of God.1.17 Blaise Pascal on Proofs for the Existence of God.1.18 Blaise Pascal on the Hiddenness of God.1.19 Immanuel Kant on Anselm's Ontological Argument.1.20 S'ren Kierkegaard on the Subjectivity of Truth.1.21 The First Vatican Council on Faith and Reason.1.22 John Henry Newman on the Grounds of Faith.1.23 Adolf von Harnack on the Origins of Dogma.1.24 Karl Barth on the Nature and Task of Theology.1.25 Ludwig Wittgenstein on Analogy.1.26 Ludwig Wittgenstein on Proofs for the Existence of God.1.27 Vladimir Lossky on Apophatic Approaches to Theology.1.28 Dietrich Bonhoeffer on God in a Secular World.1.29 Paul Tillich on the Method of Correlation.1.30 Sallie McFague on Metaphor in Theology.1.31 Gustavo Guti_rrez on Theology as Critical Reflection.1.32 Brian A. Gerrish on Accommodation in Calvin's Theology.1.33 George Lindbeck on Postliberal Approaches to Doctrine.1.34 Dumitru Staniloae on the Nature of Dogma.For Further Reading.2 The Sources of Theology.Introduction.2.1 The Muratorian Fragment on the New Testament Canon.2.2 Irenaeus on the Role of Tradition.2.3 Hippolytus on Typological Interpretation of Scripture.2.4 Clement of Alexandria on the Fourfold Interpretation of Scripture.2.5 Tertullian on Tradition and Apostolic Succession.2.6 Origen on the Three Ways of Reading Scripture.2.7 Cyril of Jerusalem on the Role of Creeds.2.8 Augustine on the Literal and Allegorical Senses of Scripture.2.9 Jerome on the Role of Scripture.2.10 Vincent of L_rins on the Role of Tradition.2.11 Bernard of Clairvaux on the Allegorical Sense of Scripture.2.12 Stephen Langton on the Moral Sense of Scripture.2.13 Ludolf of Saxony on Reading Scripture Imaginatively.2.14 Jacques Lef+vre d'Etaples on the Senses of Scripture.2.15 Martin Luther on the Fourfold Sense of Scripture.2.16 Martin Luther on Revelation in Christ.2.17 John Calvin on the Natural Knowledge of God.2.18 John Calvin on the Relation between Old and New Covenants.2.19 The Council of Trent on Scripture and Tradition.2.20 The Gallic Confession on the Canon of Scripture.2.21 The Belgic Confession on the Book of Nature.2.22 Melchior Cano on the Church as Interpreter of Scripture.2.23 The Formula of Concord on Scripture and the Theologians.2.24 King James I on the Relation of Old and New Testaments.2.25 Roberto Bellarmine on Protestant Biblical Interpretation.2.26 The King James Translators on Biblical Translation.2.27 Sir Thomas Browne on the Two Books of Revelation.2.28 Francis White on Scripture and Tradition.2.29 Philip Jakob Spener on Scripture and the Christian Life.2.30 Nikolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf on Reason and Experience.2.31 Jonathan Edwards on the Beauty of Creation.2.32 William Paley on t. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_140515358X

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