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An Introduction to Christian Theology [Paperback]

Anthony Towey
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20 Jun 2013
There has long been a need for a comprehensive but truly introductory single-authored textbook in theology. By introducing the reader to the biblical, doctrinal and contemporary dimensions of Christianity with the help of illustrated examples from selected primary texts, the book will provide an excellent grounding in theology for both students of the discipline and the general reader. The work will explore key 'tools' for the scientific study of theology, endeavouring both to affirm the rationale behind Christian thinking, and also to familiarize the reader with significant contrary positions. The solid foundations in biblical theology and hermeneutics given in the book will enable students to read Judeo-Christian scripture intelligently. Key testimonies regarding Jesus Christ will be scrutinized and the nature of the New Testament discussed. As well as the emergence of doctrinal orthodoxy and the later disagreements which have shaped contemporary Christianity, the reader will become familiar with the dimensions of current Christian thinking in its dialogue with post-modernity.

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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury T&T Clark; 1 edition (20 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0567045358
  • ISBN-13: 978-0567045355
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 16.5 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 225,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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With erudition, enthusiasm and humour, Anthony Towey has produced that rare thing: a compendium of Christian theology to make the brain hum and the heart sing. Julie Clague, University of Glasgow, UK Towey writes engagingly. He refreshingly takes the student of theology into areas that will allow them to sense the richness, complexity, problems and wonders of the Christian tradition. Gavin D'Costa, University of Bristol, UK

About the Author

Anthony Towey has spent over 20 years teaching and lecturing in theology at every level. A skilled communicator, he is a former Academic Tutor of the English College, Rome, and currently Head of the School of Theology, Philosophy and History at St Mary's University College, London.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Plain speaking and writing 20 Oct 2013
The author is one of the best lecturer's I have ever heard. His aphorisms are legendary in his university so it is no wonder that his writing is as fresh, thought-provoking and often plain provoking as his personal presence in the classroom. This will be a leading textbook in the field at undergraduate and MA level for decades to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't go round the houses 5 Aug 2013
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A fabulous introduction to Christian Theology, easy to read, lively witty style, and doesn't go around the houses. It will be helpful for both the student and average parishoner alike and in fact anyone who has an interest in God.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a good book! 28 Jun 2013
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A top book by Dr Towey. It is an ideal book for anyone (uni student or not) to start ones Theological investigations. This book is a great place to start, and to refer back too. Even for those who have been reading Theology for a while, this book gives a refreshing approach.
I continue to find this book helpful with my MA degree, and would highly recommend it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 21 Nov 2013
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An excellent and entertaining introduction to Christian theology. It gives a very helpful overview and consideration of the main aspects of theology in a fresh, readable and insightful way.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent treatment of the Subject Matter 11 Mar 2014
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I choose four starts for this book because for what it covers it is great. The book is divided in three broad sections, starting with Biblical Theology, then moving onto classical and then contemporary theology. It lays good groundwork for the aspiring student. The reason I enjoyed this volume is because of the biblical theology it incorporates at the start. Not many intro theology books look at this (e.g. macgrath, milgore, etc.) The chapters moves nicely into one another.

The bonus of this book is that all the major controversies and movements, protestant and catholic (to a lesser extant eastern orthodox) are treated fairly.

Now onto the sections. The first part looks lays the groundwork for a "Biblical Theology" Themes, of creation, noah, Abraham, and covenant are all treated in good summary fashion. From the patriarchs, he moves onto the kings and prophets and the writings. (He follows the Hebrew canon in this section). In the next part he introduces the Christian movement at it's early days and goes through all the important names and people to Nicaea and beyond. The medical church and reformation comes next.

In contemporary he start of with the Renaissance, the enlightenment/modernism and postmodernist movements. All in all the discussions i found very enlightening (no pun intended) and manyof the pieces challenged me to think hard especially where we come to the modern movements (e.g. freud, darwin etc.)

The author writes well and there is a sprinkled throughout the text of his humor and fondness of paradox. Some of his judgements seem a bit strong and sudden but then he goes onto explain why this would be so.

The book is only an introduction so the reader shouldn't expect a lot of depth but you get all the essentials to make informed decisions about the people, ideas and events being treated.

I like this book. It will make an excellent companion volume to MacGrath Christian Theology and Olsen's Story of Christian Theology, both also available on Amazon.
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