The Practice of Theology: A Reader

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Colin E. Gunton, Stephen R. Holmes, Murray Rae
SCM Press, Jan 1, 2001 - Religion - 484 pages
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This text aims to expose students to the history of Christian thought, which is a central part of the discipline of theology. The rationale behind it is that students should not complete an introductory course without having been exposed to a wide variety of competing approaches and having gained some broad knowledge of the tradition, rather than studying methodological concerns only. The extracts are accompanied by commentary and annotation. They are divided into themed chapters, and ordered chronologically within chapters. Figures from different periods of history are included within each chapter, in order to represent the breadth of theological traditions, while texts are also included which represent some form of ongoing debate, in order to meet pedagogical needs. Commentary on each text outlines the historical situation of the author and the literary context of the extract, while each chapter offers an introductory essay highlighting the central debates and concerns in that area and indicating how the texts illustrate and illuminate these.

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About the author (2001)

Stephen R. Holmes (Ph.D., King's College, London)is a Baptist Minister and Lecturer in Theology at the University of St Andrews, Scotland.

Presently he is working on a book on the theology of John Calvin, and a popular level book on the atonement, offering a cautious defence of penal substitution. He plans further work on the atonement, including conference papers, contributions to books, and a monograph, on the doctrine of God; this will begin with a monograph on the history of Trinitarian doctrine, but will focus on differing estimations of the relationship between Trinitarian and Christological dogma, and the perfections of God.

Selected publications: "God of Grace and God of Glory: An Account of the Theology of Jonathan Edwards"(Edinburgh and Grand Rapids, MI: T&T Clark and Eerdmans, 2000); "The Practice of Theology" (with Colin Gunton and Murray Rae - London: SCM Press, 2001); "Listening to the Past: The Place of Tradition in Theology" (Carlisle and Grand Rapids, MI: Paternoster Press and Baker Academic, 2002); "The Use of the Bible in Pastoral Practice: A Reader" (ed., with Paul Ballard) (DLT; 2005)

Most recently he has published "The Holy Trinity: Understanding God's life (Christian Doctrine in Historical Perspective)(Paternoster, 2011)

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