"Those who have found [McGrath's] Introduction a significant resource will undoubtedly also want to use his companion set of readings. Its great strength is the breadth of figures and topics treated, and we can hope that students who become acquainted with the riches in these brief selections will want to return to engage the primary sources in their fullness. Such engagements could offer an important sign of hope for Christianity's future." L. Gregory Jones, Duke University (of a previous edition)
"Exquisitely crafted by a true master of the discipline, this inspired book is a theological and pedagogical treasure trove for students and teachers alike, and demonstrates once again why Alister McGrath is so widely trusted and revered as one of the most sagacious and gracefully discerning theologians writing today." — Paul D. Janz , King′s College London "Alister McGrath’s anthology is a treasure trove of theological texts, the best such reader currently available. His brief introduction, comment, and questions for each reading make this a very handy resource for teachers and students alike. Through voices past and present, students will gain a seat at the dining table for a veritable feast of theology ." — Kevin J. Vanhoozer , Wheaton College Graduate School --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
From the Back Cover
This Reader is designed to make available some 280 seminal texts from the entire Christian tradition from Ignatius of Antioch to sources published in the 1990s, cross–referenced and indexed for ease of reference.
All readings prior to 1800 have been specially translated for the purposes of this Reader, to ensure consistency of translation and ease of reading in English. Every effort has been made to ensure that the work is as user–friendly as possible. Each chapter includes an introduction outlining the main historical and theological issues, and identifying key issues and thinkers. Each individual reading is prefaced by an introduction, alerting the reader to its importance and context, and followed where necessary by notes on translation and interpretation. The book adopts the same user–friendly format which has proved so attractive a feature of the author′s earlier volume Christian Theology:An Introduction (1994).
The work includes a full glossary of theological terms and biographical details of theologians cited, as well as suggestions for further reading. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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).