This book arose out of a methods seminar for graduate students at the beginning of their doctoral work. It is not only a practical resource for students studying church history and history of doctrine, but also for those interested in the areas of systematic and philosophical theology. Church History offers graduate students who plan to become professional historians the guidelines, methods, and basic reference tools needed for successfully researching and writing in the disciplines of church history and theology. It is organized to aid students in the ability to define a topic, locate the source materials, and write quality papers. The bibliography and appendix are considered an integral part of the book, and students will find particularly useful the information on the use of computer applications in research.
This carefully prepared book is a very useful introduction to research and methods for the whole field of church history and historical theology, but it also contains rich information and insight for those researching or teaching any aspect of this vast subject. It will stretch the mind of serious beginners as it provides basic information distilled from the authors’ wide experience in research, teaching, and writing, but equally well it will bring much help and guidance to professional and lay church historians in mid-career. It effectively points out how to locate and use significant classics in the field and also how to make use of the cascading resources and powers of the computer. Neither dissertation writers nor those laboring on historical lectures, articles, or monographs should miss this book.
—Robert T. Handy
This is the most comprehensive and most lucidly written introduction to the methods of historical research and writing in the field of church history that I have seen. The authors are to be commended for engaging issues of faith and critical scholarship in ways that detract neither from personal commitment nor from historical rigor. Although directed to the advanced ‘student’ of church history, this work is of equal value to advanced scholars in the field who are not current on recent computer application in research. . . All in all, a magnificent achievement.
—Harry S. Stout, Berkeley College, Yale University
Anyone beginning research in church history—as well as many old hands—will find this book to be the best singe-volume resource for theory and practice, incorporating bibliographical information and guidance on computer aids.
—David Bebbington, University of Stirling, Scotland
James E. Bradley is Geoffrey W. Bromiley Professor of Church History at Fuller Theological Seminary. He received his B.A. from Pasadena College, a B.D. from Fuller, and a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. He is the author of Religion, Revolution, and English Radicalism.
Richard A. Muller is the P.J. Zondervan Professor for Doctoral Studies in Historical Theology at Calvin Theological Seminary. He acquired an M.Div from Union Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from Duke University. His many books include A Dictionary of Latin and Greek Theological Terms and Post-Reformation Reformed Dogmatics.