A Brief History of Theology: From the New Testament to Feminist Theology

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A Brief History of Theology presents a fun, concise and informative introduction to a fascinating and challenging subject. This is the ideal book for students coming to theology for the first time, or anyone who just doesn't know where to start. The book examines 16 key thinkers and concepts, from the New Testament to Feminist Theology. It starts by considering some of the authors of New Testament writings and then focuses on thinkers of the western tradition of theological speculation, and devotes a significant amount of thought to consider 20th century thinkers and problems. This book puts all thinkers in their historical, social and cultural settings, emphasizing that theology is as much a reflection on the world we live in as it is on God.

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Derek Johnston is a retired teacher. He was Vice-Principal of Midleton College, Co Cork, Ireland, where he taught for over 30 years.

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"At first glance, it would seem impossible to write a history of Christian theology that runs only 300-odd pages. However, this book is not so much a history of theology as it is a sampling of key figures from that history. These theological "snapshots" are designed to provide an introduction to readers who have little or no familiarity with the subject. Johnston (former vice principal, Midleton Coll., Ireland) has over 30 years of experience teaching theology, and he is effective in explaining difficult concepts in a clear and simple manner. He also includes helpful definitions of theological terms throughout the book, assisting the reader in grasping the material. Johnston generally makes excellent selections in terms of theological figures to cover, featuring Paul, gospel writers, Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, Loyola, Calvin, Wesley, Schleiermacher, Newman, Barth, Bonhoeffer, Rahner, Reuther, Breuggeman, and Cupitt. Johnston also provides brief historical discussions that link the different periods covered by these theological writers. Recommended for all libraries." — John Jaeger, Library Journal, February 15, 2009

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 "This concise overview of the history of theology consists of 16 chapters accompanied with afurther reading list...The structure of the book clearly show that author's focusis on modern theologies. The volume is written in an easy-to-understand style.Moreover, the author's use of a number of headings and his explanation of basictheological terms (that appear in boxes) will assist the reader to grasp the contentof the volume that covers a wide range of theologians and their thoughts."
Theological Book Review, Vol 21, 2009

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 "[T]his is not a book for established scholars or foradvanced students in theology. It is written with beginners in mind, and forthe most part it is well-suited for the purpose. Johnston avoids difficult theological jargon,and his quick and efficient movement across traditions and perspectivesmaintains interest and gives one a sense of the interminably conversationalnature of theology." —Thomas A. James, Interpretation,April 2010
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“At first glance, it would seem impossible to write a history of Christian theology that runs only 300-odd pages. However, this book is not so much a history of theology as it is a sampling of key figures from that history. These theological "snapshots" are designed to provide an introduction to readers who have little or no familiarity with the subject. Johnston (former vice principal, Midleton Coll., Ireland) has over 30 years of experience teaching theology, and he is effective in explaining difficult concepts in a clear and simple manner. He also includes helpful definitions of theological terms throughout the book, assisting the reader in grasping the material. Johnston generally makes excellent selections in terms of theological figures to cover, featuring Paul, gospel writers, Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, Loyola, Calvin, Wesley, Schleiermacher, Newman, Barth, Bonhoeffer, Rahner, Reuther, Breuggeman, and Cupitt. Johnston also provides brief historical discussions that link the different periods covered by these theological writers. Recommended for all libraries.” – John Jaeger, Library Journal, February 15, 2009

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 "This concise overview of the history of theology consists of 16 chapters accompanied with afurther reading list...The structure of the book clearly show that author’s focusis on modern theologies. The volume is written in an easy-to-understand style.Moreover, the author’s use of a number of headings and his explanation of basictheological terms (that appear in boxes) will assist the reader to grasp the contentof the volume that covers a wide range of theologians and their thoughts."
Theological Book Review, Vol 21, 2009

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 “[T]his is not a book for established scholars or foradvanced students in theology. It is written with beginners in mind, and forthe most part it is well-suited for the purpose. Johnston avoids difficult theological jargon,and his quick and efficient movement across traditions and perspectivesmaintains interest and gives one a sense of the interminably conversationalnature of theology.” –Thomas A. James, Interpretation,April 2010
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