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The Christian Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrine, Vol. 4: Reformation of Church and Dogma (1300-1700) [Paperback]

By Jaroslav Jan Pelikan (Author)
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Explores the iconography, dogma, and liturgy of Greek, Slavic, and Syriac forms of Christianity.

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This penultimate volume in Pelikan's acclaimed history of Christian doctrine--winner with Volume 3 of the Medieval Academy's prestigious Haskins Medal--encompasses the Reformation and the developments that led to it.
"Only in America, and in this case from a Lutheran scholar, could we expect an examination so lacking in parti pris, a survey so perceptive, so free--and, one must say, the result of so much immense labor, so rewardingly presented."--John M. Todd, "New York Times Book Review"
"Never wasting a word or losing a plot line, Pelikan builds on an array of sources that few in our era have the linguistic skill, genius or ambition to master."--Martin E. Marty, "America"
"The use of both primary materials and secondary sources is impressive, and yet it is not too formidable for the intelligent layman."--William S. Barker, "Eternity "

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Studio: University Of Chicago Press
Pages   478
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.14" Width: 5.9" Height: 1.25"
Weight:   1.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 15, 1985
Publisher   University Of Chicago Press
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  0226653773  
ISBN13  9780226653778  

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1Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Church History > General
2Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Church History
3Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Theology > General
4Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Theology

Reviews - What do customers think about The Christian Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrine, Vol. 4: Reformation of Church and Dogma (1300-1700)?

Good book  Jan 7, 2007
I haven't quite finished reading this, but so far it is the definitive work on the subject.
Superb - comprehensive and systematic  Aug 6, 2001
Jaroslav Pelikan, whose works always are very thorough and show a genuinely diverse collection of thought, has produced an outstanding volume which guides the reader through the often dark and stormy seas of Reformation theology. Part of the brilliance of the presentation is that it is not a strictly chronological, historical account. The thought of various Reformation era theologians are systematically set forth according to the doctrines they explored. As a result, one can see a total picture of the theological issues at stake, and why various theologians found a particular matter of crucial importance.

Pelikan wisely begins with the fourteenth century developments, which seldom are treated in the context of the later Reformation but were highly influential. One example, that makes later developments quite clear, is how theologians debated many doctrinal points during the very century when one would think all that prevailed was Thomism. It also is intriguing, reading through the various chapters, how Augustinian ideas (including those mis-read) were key to both Protestant and Catholic points of view by the sixteenth century.

The only drawback to using this volume is that, though the research and collection of quotes from varied sources is impeccable, one must constantly check the margins, where the names of authors and documents are abbreviated, to know "who wrote what."

Pelikan's work is unique for its truly systematic presentation of all viewpoints in Reformation thought, integrated with an introduction to the earlier theology which would be influential, and the "re-affirmation" Catholic efforts of Trent. The result is a smooth, comprehensive, understandable, and enlightening whole.


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