A History of Christian Theology offers a consice yet complete chronicle of the whole history of Christian theology, from its background in William Carl Placher . A modern classic, A History of Christian Theology offers a concise yet William C. to be congratulated for having done what many. In this second volume ofReadings in the History of Christian Theology, William C. Placher begins with a decisive transition, the Reformation of the sixteenth.

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I was given a free copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. It also includes updated bibliographies and revised chapters on important innovations in biblical studies, and their impact on theology. This is the right length for me and gives a good length to the American scene [Chs. It had nothing to do with the complex dialectic of how God withholds the divine nature within the event of revelation.

History of Christian Theology: An Introduction by William C. Placher

Showing of 22 reviews. Here all the hopes of Israel come together—he is the king of the Jews, the greatest of all the suffering plachrr. As noted above, the writing style has a pedantic, sing-songy-sunday-schooly cadence at times. I predict it will be widely used not only in college and seminaries, but also in lay institutes and study groups.

But after Ppacher got over that hurdle I began to read it and understand it better and I was able to keep interested. Nick W rated it it was amazing Mar 08, Placher was Charles D.

Webb is a professor of religion and philosophy at Wabash College. Bill and I disagreed more about political and social issues than theology. Placher found his middle way between the political left and the religious right by assuring liberals that the Bible had been with them all along, while trying to persuade traditional Christians that their beliefs were really quite politically progressive. It will be valuable for college and seminary students as well as lay study groups.


The gospels are, in the title of this book, Narratives of a Vulnerable God He had no family of his own, unless one counts the entire Wabash community, which considered him its moral voice and its most respected representative.

History of Christian Theology: An Introduction

MR Vijay Nanduri Simhadri. Moreover, he has touched almost all of the important bases and has dealt with significant figures, issues, movements in lpacher incisive and illuminating manner. Democracy and Tradition Jeffrey Stout Limited preview – Page – Not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying; but put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, in concupiscence.

Placher wrote his history book at a time when many liberal Christians were becoming increasingly alienated from the traditional doctrines of the Church.

He attacked the powerful on behalf of the poor, but in the end the mob too called for his blood. Although pedantic, his writing style is remarkably clear Placher was a known prose stylist. The End of Western Christendom. Read reviews that mention christian theology history of christian theology placher introduction subject christianity church informative readable school brief bring pages points textbook theological.

Selected pages Title Page. Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive? Refresh and try again. By narrating the Christian story so effortlessly, Placher made an implicit case for the continuity and harmony of theology through the centuries.

Other books in this series. In the Middle Ages and the Reformation, believers thought that their own lives mattered only because they fit into the story of God’s activity in history.


Christ in Christian Tradition, Volume Two. The historical focus was also beneficial for me in keeping my interest. This is what I was looking for in an introductory book. Letting the rheology carry the theological argument was, in a way, what post-liberalism was all about. Get to Know Us. He was spared that choice.

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Derek rated it really liked it Feb 25, This intellectual history, a story of people and their ideas, is a delight to read. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book.

The preface was sometimes needlessly wordy, seemed to have liberal undertones, and a bit esoteric, but reading it was necessary in understanding the structure and themes of the book. A History of Christian Theology offers a consice yet complete chronicle of the whole history of Christian theology, from its background in the history of Israel to the various modes of liberation theology in the late 20th century.


The City on a Hill. His next major work Placher set out to show how theology can achieve its purposes through a simple retelling of the gospel stories. Since the apologist must find some common ground upon which to argue with unbelievers, the apologist is tempted to make this common ground, rather than Jesus Christ, the foundation for faith.

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