Reading Christian Theology in the Protestant Tradition offers a distinctive approach to the value of classic works through the lens of Protestantism. While it is anachronistic to speak of Christian theology prior to the Reformation as “Protestant,” it is wholly appropriate to recognize how certain common Protestant concerns can be discerned in the earliest traditions of Christianity. The resonances between the ages became both informative and inspiring for Protestants who looked back to pre-reformation sources for confirmation, challenge, and insight.
Thus this book begins with the first Christian theologians, covering nearly 2000 years of theological writing from the Didache, Justin Martyr, and Origen to James Cone, José Míguez Bonino, and Sallie McFague. Five major periods of church history are represented in 12 key works, each carefully explained and interpreted by an expert in the field.
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Kapic and Madueme have compiled a resource students of church history will find especially helpful....The final product is a book of immense worth to anyone who wishes to learn more from the depths of the communion of saints but doesn’t know where to begin. I will gladly return to this volume again and again.
Christian theology is a fellowship activity; we learn from those who have read the Bible both before us and alongside us. This introduction to some of the great texts of the Christian tradition is a welcome encouragement to do just that. It is a fascinating selection, one which does not rest content with the old favorites but introduces us to new writings and opinions. The past can challenge the preoccupations of the present, and reading these texts will undoubtedly stimulate us to look again, more carefully, at the word of God, so that we might both proclaim and embody the gospel faithfully in our own time.
—Mark D. Thompson, Moore Theological College, Australia
A wondrous introduction to the treasures of Christian theology, this book is a superb survey offered by committed, conscientious and capable guides. I am impressed by the way in which it opens up new territory through judicious selections that provide important, accessible pointers to the greater depth on offer. I can’t wait to make this work available to my students in Church History — it is helpful and edifying, a gift to us all.
—Timothy Cooper, University of Otago, New Zealand
Kelly M. Kapic (PhD, King’s College London) is professor of theological studies at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia, USA. He is the award-winning author and editor of numerous books including Embodied Hope, A Little Book for NewTheologians, Communion with God, Mapping Modern Theology, and Sanctification.
Hans Madueme is Associate Professor of Theological Studies at Covenant College, USA, and Adjunct Professor at Trinity Graduate School, Trinity International University, USA.