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Heretics for Armchair Theologians (Armchair Theologians) [Paperback]

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Item description for Heretics for Armchair Theologians (Armchair Theologians) by Justo L. Gonzalez, Catherine Gunsalus Gonzalez & Catherine Gunsalus Gonz Lez...

In this unique Armchair volume, noted church historians introduce important early church figures including Marcion, Arius, Nestorius, and Pelagius, whose teachings had been denounced by the church as heresies.

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In this unique Armchair volume, noted church historians Justo and Catherine Gonzalez introduce readers to important early church figures whose teachings were denounced by the church as heresies. Instructional for what they taught and for revealing what the church wished to safeguard and uphold, these "heretics," including Marcion, Arius, Nestorius, and Pelagius, are engagingly presented in their contexts through a clear and accessible text that is highlighted by the humorous illustrations of Ron Hill. "Heretics for Armchair Theologians" is an enjoyable way to learn about the church's early life and beliefs.

Written by experts but designed for the novice, the Armchair series provides accurate, concise, and witty overviews of some of the most profound moments and theologians in Christian history. These books are essential supplements for first-time encounters with primary texts, lucid refreshers for scholars and clergy, and enjoyable reads for the theologically curious.

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  • Booklist - 10/01/2008 page 15

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Pages   166
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.98" Width: 5.04" Height: 0.42"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 31, 2008
Publisher   Westminster John Knox Press
Edition  New  
Series  Armchair Theologians  
ISBN  0664232051  
ISBN13  9780664232054  

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More About Justo L. Gonzalez, Catherine Gunsalus Gonzalez & Catherine Gunsalus Gonz Lez

Justo L. Gonzalez Justo L. González, a retired member of the Río Grande Conference of the United Methodist Church, went to college and seminary in Cuba before receiving postgraduate degrees from Yale University. He taught at the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico and Candler School of Theology in Atlanta. He played a key part in the founding of the Asociación para la Educación Teológica Hispana and of the Hispanic Summer Program. He was also the first executive director of the Hispanic Theological Initiative. Justo has published more than one hundred books, as well as hundreds of articles, and edited the journal Apuntes for twenty years.

Justo L. Gonzalez currently resides in Decatur, in the state of Georgia.

Justo L. Gonzalez has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Abingdon Essential Guides
  2. Armchair Theologians
  3. Belief: A Theological Commentary on the Bible
  4. Good News for the Millennium
  5. History of Christian Thought
  6. Know Your Bible (Spanish)
  7. Three Months
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Good overview and pleasing style  Mar 3, 2009
I am presently taking a course in Church History and this book helped to put many of our early Church Fathers into context. So many were considered heretics in their day and not in ours, while others continue to be. I recommend this book to those who want to bone up on Church history without reading heavy theological tomes. Dr. and Mrs Gonzalez have done a service to all of us.
delightful  Feb 2, 2009
Heretics For Armchair Theologians is a delightful little book. The authors seem to treat their material fairly. They do it in a serious manner, but inject humor into the matter, too. They write in such a manner as to gain, and keep , one's attention.

"Heretics" is indeed written for the armchair theologian and not the ivory tower academician. That is a good thing. People need to know the history of their faith. Whether is is Arius, Athanasius, Augustine, Pelagius, or someother controversies, this book covers the early years of controversy in the Christian church. These issues are explained in plain language without theological jargon.

Scattered throughout the text are relevant cartoons that inject a little humor into the subject matter.

One thing that is admirable about the way the Gonzalez treated this subject is that they often remind the reader that the heretic was not always someone who was hell-bent on tearing up the church. They were often people who were sincere, had good points, but over-emphasized their good points to the exclusion and denial of other equally good points. That is what made them divisive. That is what made them heretics.

This is definitely a recommended read.
A great intro to the early church and its controversies  Oct 25, 2008
"Heretics for Armchair Theologians" is a great addition to a great series. It is easy to understand and has a light tone, even though it explores some very technical ideas that stump many people.

Perfect for church groups, seminarians, and true "armchair theologians" looking to learn about the great figures in the history of the faith, this particular volume focuses on some of the great debates among the early Christians about what was faithful...and what wasn't.

Strange as it may seem to some, it took centuries to work out the core beliefs of Christian faith, particularly surrounding the "personhood"/divinity of Jesus, and the doctrine of the Trinity. Many different perspectives competed with one another, and all had thoughtful, devout adherents with sincere and well-intentioned motives.

This book gives a window into some of the "alternative" perspectives that, in time, or through intense church politics came to be seen as wrong.

Some readers will see that some of these alternatives are still very much around. Others will gain a historical perspective on how basic Christian doctrine came to be.

If you're someone who wonders WHY Christians believe some of the thing we believe, this book will give some answers without preaching or guilt-tactics.

A great resource for thinking Christians and just generally curious people.

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