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  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury 3PL; Rev Ed edition (8 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0567044327
  • ISBN-13: 978-0567044327
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 307,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Praise for the first edition: 'This is a book which will prove exceptionally useful, not only to students, but to all those Christians...who know many of the names of the great Christian thinkers of past and present, but, in many cases, have only the vaguest impression of what they actually thought.... Each period has a brief scene-setting introduction, and each thinker is not only described but also quoted - a valuable feature because even a brief paragraph gives the reader something of the 'flavour' of the man's work' Richard Bauckham, Professor of New Testament, St Andrews University, in Third Way."

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Tony Lane is Professor of Historical Theology and Director of research at the London School of Theology (formerly LBC) and author of Justification by Faith in Catholic-Protestant Dialogue (T&T Clark, 2002) and The Lion Christian Classics Collection (2004)

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Most Christians don't seem to think about how, what we accept as 'normal' doctrine & beliefs, came to be adopted. This book gives a great overview of the development of Christian thinking and doctrine over the last 2000 years, including all of the major heresies, written in a way that makes it interesting, approachable but an easy read. I started reading my father's copy when i was visiting recently & found it hard to put down, so am looking forward to my copy arriving so I can continue reading it.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deadletters on 3 Feb. 2008
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This book is like an encyclopedia of Christian theological thought through the ages and is invaluable as a work of reference, with many a handy fact and anecdote. It is not perfect though - there is a slight undercurrent of partiality running through this work. Use it as a launchpad, a starting off point that can lead you to deeper study, and you'll be fine. Just don't take the editor's opinion as final.

Worthy, but not a masterpiece. Hence, 4 stars.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Bevan TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 4 Dec. 2007
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A wide-ranging but nevertheless helpfully detailed account of some of the major lines of Christian thought and doctrinal development over 2000 years. Lane supports his analysis of each thinker with selected brief quotes to illustrate his point, and has generously selected from a range of different traditions. However, he is sometimes partisan to the point where I felt his work should have been subtitled `from an evangelical perspective'. The author's views are particularly intrusive on Cyprian's style of leadership (as having paved the way for `authoritarian' Catholicism), on Abelard's views of atonement, and on John Henry Newman's thought in general. He is sometimes over-indulgent, too, of what one suspects are pet (and relatively minor) themes - the nature of the Eucharist in the thought of various Reformation figures, for example. Overall, I felt there could have been more on social themes, like attitudes towards war and peace, or women, and correspondingly less on some doctrinal issues. But an invaluable reference source, nonetheless, on some 140 thinkers, movements and epochal moments in the life of the church.
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Loved this book! 22 Feb. 2013
By Mary Beth Jones - Published on Amazon.com
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I was required to read this book in a uni class that I took this year. I enjoyed it so much! Lane presents the History of Christian thought in an organized, methodical, and thoughtful manner. The text itself is easily understood, and engaging! Excellent resource for getting acquainted with the history of Christianity!
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Great for getting an overview of Christian thought 12 Aug. 2014
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I have used this in teaching homeschool high school classes. Great for getting an overview of Christian thought. It does not just cover church history, which focuses on events, but gives the history of ideas and theology.
Simply an incredible book which is easy to read and gives you a throughout and concise ... 3 May 2015
By Jonas - Published on Amazon.com
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I would have given this book an extra star if it was possible. Simply an incredible book which is easy to read and gives you a throughout and concise history of christian thought. This is one of the best books I have ever read. If you are planning on reading only one book in church history/christian thought then this book should be your definite choice. Also a great resource for any scholar, pastor or lay person to use as a dictionary.
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Concise 6 Jun. 2014
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One of my favorites texts from a recent graduate class. Concise but covers such a wide variety of great theologians from the past. Almost like an encyclopedia. Great reference book that I'll continue to use.
Five Stars 26 Dec. 2014
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Great service and timely shipping! Great book! A must have for every believer in Christ Jesus!
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