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Historical Theology In-Depth: Themes and Contexts of Doctrinal Development since the First Century, Volume 1

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In Historical Theology In-Depth, David Beale explores the doctrines, movements, and heresies that have defined Christianity's history and continue to shape theology today. Volume 1 of Historical Theology In-Depth covers the Greek apologists, the theological traditions of Alexandira and Carthage, the battlefields of the ecumenical councils, and the writings of Irenaeus, Tertullian, Augustine, and others, spanning from the first century to the early Reformation.

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  • Covers the major historical narratives in Christian theology
  • Introduces students to the principles of historical theology
  • Provides key readings from primary sources

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“3. There is a vital necessity for properly distinguishing between human and divine elements of doctrine and practice.” (Page 3)

“2. The contrasts between God and man dictate the inevitable presence of theological mystery.” (Page 2)

“4. Christians must distinguish between essentials and nonessentials.” (Page 3)

“5. Historical theology illustrates the true meaning and importance of balance.” (Page 3)

“There are two basic approaches to the study of historical theology: chronological and topical.” (Page 1)

  • Title: Historical Theology In-Depth: Themes and Contexts of Doctrinal Development since the First Century, Volume 1
  • Author: David Beale
  • Series: Historical Theology In-Depth
  • Publisher: Bob Jones University Press
  • Print Publication Date: 2013
  • Logos Release Date: 2013
  • Pages: 544
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Theology, doctrinal › History
  • ISBNs: 9781606824689, 9781606824696, 1606824686, 1606824694
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-09-30T00:31:30Z

David Beale was a professor of historical theology at Bob Jones University for 35 years. His research interests include church and Bible history. He is the author of In Pursuit of Purity and A Pictorial History of Our English Bible.


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  1. MJ. Smith

    MJ. Smith


    Unfortunately, this is not a reliable resource. One need go not further than the chapter titled "A Listing of Ante-Nicene Seeds of Roman Catholicism" to understand that the author does not understand that the Western (Latin) branch of Christianity was still the smallest branch because he completely omits the Middle (Greek) and Eastern (Syrian) branches of Christianity. Furthermore, the list of beliefs common throughout all the branches are not representative of issues (or even concepts) of the historical period under discussion but rather a mish-mash of contemporary objections to the perceived beliefs of the Catholic Church. Another example is the section "What the Patristic Literature Teaches Concerning Speaking in Tongues". As the section admits: "any substantive or applicable mention at all of the gift of tongues is extremely scarce in patristic literature". Therefore, devoting a significant section to the topic is not representing historical theology ... it is applying contemporary issues to ancient sources. The treatment of the term "logos" in the discussion of Justin Martyr, a term still used extensively by Athanasius is dismissive rather than a effort to understand the meaning of the term in its historical context. Unfortunately, this less than informative resource is used as a text-book for a mobile-ed course. For the first time, I am genuinely disappointed. Had it not been for this unfortunate use, I would have never looked at this resource ... I would turn to resources I know and trust, although not always agreeing - Adolph von Harnack, Justo L. González, ...


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