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Divine Teaching: An Introduction to Christian Theology (Blackwell Guides to Theology) [Paperback]

By Mark A. McIntosh (Author)
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"Divine Teaching: An Introduction to Christian Theology" is an imaginative and lively analysis of the Christian way of thinking, offering vivid and informing insight into the history and practice of Christian theology.
An innovative textbook offering a complete and dedicated guide to understanding Christian theology
Offers a lively exploration of the fundamentals of Christian belief, but also shows how and why these beliefs arose, providing the reader with an understanding of theological reflection which enables them to think theologically themselves
Questions how the major thinkers in the Christian tradition and faith communities shaped theology through a wide variety of thoughts and experiences of the world
Designed to make the study of theology exciting and interactive; not necessarily requiring a faith commitment but allowing the reader a thinking involvement in the subject.

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Studio: Wiley-Blackwell
Pages   252
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.6" Width: 6.6" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   1.06 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 28, 2007
Publisher   Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN  1405102713  
ISBN13  9781405102711  

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More About Mark A. McIntosh

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Mark A. McIntosh is Professor of Systematic Theology and Spirituality at Loyola University, Chicago, where he has taught undergraduates and doctoral students for fifteen years. His publications include Christology from Within: Spirituality and the Incarnation in Hans Urs von Balthasar (1996), Mystical Theology: The Integrity of Spirituality and Theology (Blackwell, 1998), Mysteries of Faith (2000), and Discernment and Truth (2004). A priest in the Episcopal Church, he has served as canon theologian to the Presiding Bishop and Primate.

Mark A. McIntosh has an academic affiliation as follows - Loyola University Chicago.

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Excellent Resource for Teachers, Scholars, and/or the Theologically Curious  Jan 6, 2008
Let me say at the outset: I am using this as the main secondary text in the university class I am teaching. It's a helpful text for students to read alongside the primary readings from the Christian tradition. It is an ecumenical text, drawing from Eastern and Western tradition (Origen, Athanasius, Augustine, Maximus, Aquinas, Bonaventure, Barth, Rahner, von Balthasar, and a number of feminist theologians, including Elizabeth Johnson).
This book comes from the mind of a scholar who devotes much of his work to exploring the intersection between theology and spirituality, a major motif in DIVINE TEACHING. I am currently doing my Ph.D. under Dr. McIntosh at Loyola University Chicago, which means that I get to observe the classroom environment from which DIVINE TEACHING emerged. This is a refreshing text, written by someone who loves theology, teaching, and inspiring others to seek truth. [The following is a piece from my complete review of DIVINE TEACHING in Anglican Theological Review, Spring 2008].
The premise of McIntosh's Divine Teaching is that God, the Creator of all things, is the real teacher of Christian theology. He asserts that the goal of this text (of two-hundred and twenty-eight pages) is not to retrace a brief history of Christian theology, but rather to introduce the reader to various approaches to theology so that he/she might be better equipped to do some theologizing. McIntosh says that he intends for this text to be "a sort of explorer's guidebook," something I will explain more fully below (pp. ix, x).
Divine Teaching unfolds in two parts. The first section, "Becoming a Theologian," looks at the way theologians are fashioned, the manner in which God teaches them, and how this divine teaching shapes their thinking and talking about God. The common thread running through this section is, in McIntosh's words, how "theologians are formed by their encounter with God" (7). In the second part, "Theology's Search for Understanding," McIntosh takes the reader on a journey into what he calls the "strangely beautiful world of Christian belief " (p. x). In this section McIntosh offers the reader more details on how this text is to function as an explorer's guidebook. The first thing he does is to take the reader to a vantage where they look out over the vast stretches of three theological vistas: the mystery of God's life, the mystery of creaturely life, and the mystery of salvation. McIntosh divides each of these three sections into what he calls "Orientation," "Landmarks," and "Pathfinding." In "Orientation" he helps the reader discern the salient features within the vista they are viewing, pointing out the big picture questions and issues that need to be addressed. In "Landmarks" McIntosh considers some of the theological maps and portraits that influential theologians have devised over the centuries. In "Pathfinding" he leads the reader deep into the theological terrain, where they can explore further and discover other paths for future, constructive investigation (such as salvation and the paschal mystery, thinking about and mystically participating in the Trinity, and the human calling in creation) (p. x).
In short, this is a helpful resource for theological veterans and novices, as well as those interested in checking out Christian theology. Please see my complete review in ANGLICAN THEOLOGICAL REVIEW, Spring 2008.

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