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Theology: The Basics Paperback – 18 Nov 2011
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"This is an excellent and extremely helpful introduction to Christian theology. Believers of all familiarity with theology will find McGrath′s explanations helpful and clarifying. This would be an excellent text for a sunday school or church bible study. I would even include this as a text for an introductory course in theology." (Jacob Sweeney′s Blog, 16 December 2011)
"McGrath s approach is creedal and biblical. The chapters are lucid, engaging, and thought–provoking in so far as they serve as gateways into a complex (if not at times convoluted) field of study. (Religious Studies Review)
The publisher′s blurb reports that the first edition was ′an international best seller′ It deserves this success. Students need such a clearly presented, sure–footed account of the theological basics. (Theological Book Review)
"What makes this book such an effective introduction to the essential ingredients of the Christian faith is the way in which Alister McGrath interweaves leading theological ideas with the views of major theologians. The result is a compact but thorough volume that is sound, useful, and remarkably appealing. Highly recommended as a basic text for both beginning and intermediate classes in Christian theology."
—David Hein, Hood College Maryland
"McGrath has successfully created a theology which is both inviting to the beginning student and informing to the more advanced student. His approach often offers a unique perspective on how to warmly introduce a student to complex discussions on theology. This book will be useful on many levels in the church and the academy as an introductory theology."
—David Talley, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University
"At one point, Professor McGrath aptly describes this book as a handshake of welcome for those who want to begin the study of Christian theology. Written in a style that is friendly, clear and accessible, it inducts the novice into a masterly overview of the subject and into the lively, questioning conversation that it represents."
—Jeremy Worthen, South East Institute for Theological Education and University of Kent
"This book is ecumenical in the best sense of that word. McGrath appeals to the breadth and depth of the Church′s witness in order to explain its faith, and in so doing he has produced a superb guidebook for the study of theology. The book should engage students of all stripes. It raises as many questions as it answers, and it provides the foundation for a deeper exploration of the Church′s common mind."
—Mark Weedman, Crossroads College
"Theology: The Basics offers a masterful simplification of the central themes, complex history, and creative giants of Christian thought. McGrath provides a scholarly introduction to the discipline of Christian Theology that avoids partisanship without sacrificing profundity."
—Lonnie D. Kliever, Southern Methodist University --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This particular volume, produced by Blackwell (one of my favourite presses, particularly for theological works), is meant to serve as both an introduction and survey of the basic themes of Christian theology. McGrath takes the Apostles' Creed, one of the creeds of the early church that most every Christian agrees upon as a statement of some authority, as the overall framework for this text. In his introduction, McGrath explains the different methods of studying theology (highlighting particular theologians, or tracing the history), and some of the disadvantages of working with those methods. He explains the basis of following the Apostles' Creed to highlight ideas, which in turn draws in discussion of particular theologians and theological schools, denominational differences as applicable, and the major source elements of scripture, tradition, and reason.
The Apostles' Creed itself is rather short and basic - each line of the creed focuses upon one aspect of the faith, and McGrath uses these lines as the topics for the chapters. Elaborating on these basic themes, McGrath pulls in discussion and references from biblical texts and images, major theologians from past and present, and general trends in history.Read more ›
"The Basics" takes the Apostle's Creed as its structure and works through the key areas of Christian theology. Faith, God, Creation, Jesus, Salvation, Trinity, Church and Heaven all get their own chapters and once you have read them you will be more than able to start reading some theology texts and enjoy them. It also has, typically for McGrath, a great set of reference appendices at the end that include a glossary of theological terms, the cited theologians and advice on what to do now that you realise theology is brilliant and interesting and relevant!
McGrath writes so well. I love the way he breaks things down in to very clear, easily understood chunks. He does battle with texts by the great theologians of the church so that reading the book introduces you to some of the giants and the way they have played the game. He is fair and evenly balanced without denomiantional or theological bias. It is a classic McGrath work which means its practically perfect.
It is meant to be read as a textbook, or at least preparatory reading for a course and so it won't have you turning the page with excitment. There is no harm in that however because its quiet, undramatic approach leaves you in a much better position to take it all in. If you manage to take it in you will be in a great place to start your theological education proper. Buy without hesitation!
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Very good book and it is recommended for studying the theology.Published 6 months ago by Maranda Ng
Excellent outline of the main elements of Christianity, clear and very readable.Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
In middle age I find myself wanting to place my life-long family-inherited atheism on a more well-thought-out, rational basis. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Mr. M. Brooker D'israeli