This highly acclaimed and widely used volume now in its third edition, is a collaborative presentation of the chief Christian doctrines in light of their traditional theological formulations, their historical development, and contemporary challenges. Joined by David Tracy, Langdon Gilkey, Edward Farley, Sallie McFague, and many others, Hodgson and King explore the task of theology, method, scripture and traditions, God, revelation, creation, human being, sin and evil, Christ and salvation, church, sacraments, the Spirit and Christian life, the reign of God, other religions, and "the Christian paradigm." Each chapter sets forth the primary shape and substance of a doctrine, its historical development, "how that tradition has been challenged and transformed under the pressures of modern thought," and new and persistent issues that set the agenda for future theological work. Written with intelligence and verve, and newly updated, Christian Theology has proven a superlative introduction to Christianity's classical heritage and its future theological horizons. Companion volumes include Readings in Christian Theology and Reconstructing Christian Theology. About the Editor Peter C. Hodgson is Charles G. Finney Professor of Theology at Vanderbilt Divinity School. About the Editor Robert H. King is formerly the Vice-President and Dean of Millsaps College. He is the author of The Meaning of God.
“The purpose of this work is twofold: (1) to introduce the student of theology to the Christian tradition by setting forth in brief compass its primary shape and substance, and (2) to pose the issues for systematic theology in the present day by showing how that tradition has been challenged and transformed under the pressures of modern thought.” (Page ix)
“The claim that it is God who enables the believer to come to a knowledge of deity was a major theme in the theologies of Augustine, Bonaventure, and Thomas Aquinas.” (Page 118)
“it. Christian faith is human response to what has been unveiled or disclosed by faith’s object” (Page 114)
“Usually revelation is interpreted as having both an objective and a subjective dimension.” (Page 116)
“the center of worship, prayer, and religious meditation” (Page 90)