Christian Theology: An Introduction Third Edition

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Wiley, Feb 16, 2001 - Religion - 616 pages
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Christian Theology: An Introduction is internationally acknowledged to be among the leading textbooks in Christian theology. This new edition retains all of the highly acclaimed features of the first two editions, whilst incorporating important new material. Using clear and accessible language, the text assumes no prior knowledge of Christian theology, introducing the key ideas, debates, personalities, and schools of thought, clearly and accurately.

The third edition has been developed in response to feedback from users. Material relating to Roman Catholic and Orthodox theology have been added, as well as additional illustrative material. Some chapters have also been restructured to allow for easier study. Part II has been expanded and rearranged to allow the inclusion of additional material relating to philosophical theology. Bibliographies have been expanded and updated for every chapter.


Avoiding any form of denominational or theological bias, this essential textbook provides full coverage of the first 2,000 years of Christian theological debate, including substantial coverage of historical theology, philosophical theology, and systematic theology. An extensive glossary of theological terms is included, as well as an updated guide to theological resources on the Internet.

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A very decent introduction to Christian theology. - Goodreads
Very useful book, and I like his writing style. - Goodreads
Definitely a good introduction. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Melvin Gaines - Goodreads

McGrath does a very good job of covering most of the territory of the history of Christian Theology. It is not complete in scope, but sufficiently thorough for an overview. His writing style made the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Nikki - Goodreads

This was my A Level Christian Theology textbook. But I also enjoyed reading it for personal benefit. Definitely a good introduction. Perhaps as a preparation for other systematic theology texts, such as that of Grudem. Read full review

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Alister E. McGrath is Professor of Historical Theology at Oxford University. He is one of the world’s leading theologians and the author of numerous popular theology textbooks, including The Christian Theology Reader (second edition, 2001), Christian Literature: An Anthology (2000), Christian Spirituality (1999), Reformation Thought (third edition, 1999), Historical Theology (1998), and An Introduction to Christianity (1997), all available from Blackwell. He is also author of A Brief History of Heaven (2003), and co-editor of The Blackwell Companion to Protestantism (2003).

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