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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lives up to its title
Alister McGrath's introduction to Christian Theology feels like a history of theology. He expertly guides you through centuries of Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox thinking about theology. Don't confuse this with a systemic theology, like Wayne Grudem's. Before even addressing the doctrine of God, there are two lengthy sections of the book (194 pages!) with useful...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Should students of theology be averse to facts?
"Christian Theology: An Introduction" is a well-known textbook by Prof. Alister McGrath of King's College, London. Its popularity during nearly 20 years can be attributed in part to its clarity of writing and presentation, its comprehensiveness, and its balance when presenting conflicting opinions within Christianity.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lives up to its title, 14 Nov. 2014
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Alister McGrath's introduction to Christian Theology feels like a history of theology. He expertly guides you through centuries of Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox thinking about theology. Don't confuse this with a systemic theology, like Wayne Grudem's. Before even addressing the doctrine of God, there are two lengthy sections of the book (194 pages!) with useful background information and history to theology in general which are well worth reading. Also, don't expect to find copious bible references. The author's primary concern seems to be to present theological ideas as they emerged and developed in history (with the necessary context given to shed more light on them) rather than how we can derive theology from the scriptures. That is not to say there is no reference made to the scriptures, and at times McGrath helps the reader critique a particular theological statement in the light of clear biblical revelation.

For me, it was refreshing to rethink a number of theological ideas in the light of a myriad of comments made by different early church fathers, medieval scholars, reformers and counter-reformers, as well as later theologians up to the modern day. If you feel overwhelmingly daunted by the doctrine of the Trinity, that section is well worth a read. Not only do you quickly realise the common struggle faced by countless theologians in thinking biblically about it over the centuries, but you also begin to sense that the entrenched differences in understanding (say, between the eastern and western churches) may not originally have been as stark as they are now made out to be.

For a weighty book, it is quite readable from cover to cover (if you have enough time to read 464 pages!) with the development of thoughts and understanding arranged largely chronologically in each section. McGrath's writing style is engaging and gives you just enough of each theologian and theological concept to want to go elsewhere to read more. He cites Karl Barth's comparison of Christian Theology to a breathtaking view of Tuscany (pxxii), as well as Etienne Gibson's description of theological systems as "cathedrals of the mind" (p39). I liken reading McGrath's book to taking a drive through that beautiful scenery, or a fascinating guided tour of that cathedral, seeing just enough to want to explore more.

If your only experience of reading theology is a few sections of a systematic theology with strings of biblical references but no sense of how the interpretation and understanding of those verses came about, I would encourage you to get hold of this book. It really does live up to its title as a helpful introduction to Christian Theology.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy the book, not the kindle version, 21 Aug. 2012
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This book looks very promising, but having purchased the kindle version I was disappointed to find that the book has internal cross-references to page numbers but no page numbers! I obtained a refund and ordered the paperback.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A joy to read, 20 Mar. 2013
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What I like about this clear and concise introduction to Christian theology is the way it is structured so that themes and ideas get repeated in a way that helps the reader grasp and absorb them yet with a definite sense of continuity and progression throughout.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and informative - more than a text book, 24 Aug. 2011
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Christian Theology : An introduction - this an excellent and informative book, unlike most text book's this book will keep you engaged and informed chapter by chapter. It is user friendly and can be read from start to finish or dip into chapters as desired.
I would certainly recommend this book to anyone interested in getting a general background of the wider aspects of the Christian faith.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars tall order but excellent, 29 Mar. 2013
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It’s a tall order to cover both the history (MacCulloch et al) and the thought processes behind the Reformations but this is what McGrath sets out to do, and does very well. His historical narrative both sets the scene and provides a good grasp of the detail, while the following analysis is spot-on. An excellent volume.
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5.0 out of 5 stars this was a kindle download - I find this book ..., 24 Nov. 2014
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this was a kindle download - I find this book well organised for my way of learning - reviewing the main themes first and then going into them in more detail later. It is very thorough and I am finding it helpful as an active Christian and as someone considering doing further study in Theology
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Concise study resource, 18 Sept. 2013
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This book will give both the novice and seasoned Christian of any denomination a classic overview of Christian thought and theological themes that will inform, delight and cause serious thought and/or controversy that may lead one into new nd exciting ways of Christian living.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you are looking for a great overview of Christian theology, 13 Dec. 2014
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An outstanding introduction! It's clear, concise and touches all the bases. If you are looking for a great overview of Christian theology, this is the one to get.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent, very clearly presented book for anyone studying theology ..., 8 Oct. 2014
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An excellent, very clearly presented book for anyone studying theology or just wanting to have a better understanding of the subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 16 Sept. 2014
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Maybe the best book in the field. Alister McGrath is a great author. The quality of the paper is also very good. Doesn't get yellow.
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