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Makers of Christian Theology in America: A Handbook [Paperback]

By Mark G. Toulouse (Editor), James O. Duke (Editor) & Mark G. Toulouse (Author)
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This important reference work presents critical, analytical, and interpretive essays on more than ninety figures who have been particularly important in shaping and influencing the development of Christian theology in America. The work is organized into four major sections: The Colonial Period (1607-1789); The National Period (1789-1865); The Post Civil War Period (1865-1918); and The Modern Period (1918-1970). Each section has a separate introduction by the editors tracing major theological developments in that historical period. A substantial concluding article by Martin Marty traces theological developments, trends and movements in American theology since 1965. Each essay includes: (1) basic biographical data regarding the life, career, and major writings of the figure; (2) an analysis of the key theological issues and/or concepts to which the figure responded; (3) a critical discussion of the major theological themes developed in the course of the figure's career; and (4) an assessment of the immediate influence of the figure's thought and its significance for subsequent theological developments. Brief bibliographies at the end of each essay point readers to the most important and useful primary and secondary literature for each figure. "Makers of Christian Theology is a welcome and long-needed addition to reference and textbook possibilities for courses on Religion in North America. . . . It is dramatically more inclusive and even-handed in its selection of figures for an historical orientation to theological developments in North American Christianity than any previous attempt. . . . Both the design of the book and the content of the individual essays reflect the fruit of the best current work on Christian theology in America. I recommend it highly!" --Randy L. Maddox, Professor of Religion and Philosophy

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This important reference work presents critical, analytical, and interpretive essays on more than ninety figures who have been particularly important in shaping and influencing the development of Christian theology in America. The work is organized into four major sections: The Colonial Period (1607-1789); The National Period (1789-1865); The Post Civil War Period (1865-1918); and The Modern Period (1918-1970). Each section hasa separate introduction by the editors tracing major theological developments in that historical period. A substantial concludingarticle by Martin Marty traces theological developments, trends and movements in American theology since 1965.

Each essay includes: (1) basic biographical data regarding the life, career, and major writings of the figure (2) an analysis of the key theological issues and/or concepts to which the figure responded (3) a critical discussion of the major theological themes developed in the course of the figure's career (4) an assessment of the immediate influence of the figure's thought and its significance for subsequent theological developments. Brief bibliographies at the end of each essay point readers to the most important and useful primary and secondary literature for each figure.

"Makers of Christian Theology is a welcome and long-needed addition to reference and textbook possibilities for courses on Religion in North America. . . . It is dramatically more inclusive and even-handed in its selection of figures for an historical orientation to theological developments in North American Christianity than any previous attempt. . . . Both the design of the book and the content of the individual essays reflect the fruit of the best current work on Christian theology in America. I recommend it highly " --Randy L. Maddox, Professor of Religion and Philosophy"

From Publishers Weekly
Not a portrait gallery so much as a sketchbook, this extensive collection of vignettes drawn by an array of authorities offers a taste of the dizzying variety of thinkers who have shaped theology in America since the earliest days of European colonization. Behind the variety, according to the contributors, lie some important patterns in the making of American Christian theology: Reformed theology looms as a major influence even in thinkers who do not associate with that tradition; a significant number of figures gathered here are not theologians so much as preachers or activists; "commonsense realism," imported from Scotland, surfaces repeatedly in pragmatic forms among both "conservatives" and "liberals"; and English-speaking traditions dominate, even where German theology or philosophy is acknowledged. As is so often the case in contemporary histories of American religion, Martin Marty, the dean of American church historians, gets the last word. Marty points out the "particularistic" character of American religion in recent times, and he demonstrates that such particularism is consistent with the local, congregational character of American churches and American theology. Marty's explication, together with the bibliographic pointers at the end of each vignette and the editors' introductions at the beginning of each section, will give readers some intriguing threads to follow as they pursue their own investigations. (Oct.)

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Makers of Christian Theology in America: A Handbook by Mark G. Toulouse & James O. Duke has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Publishers Weekly - 09/29/1997 page 84


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Item Specifications...


Studio: Abingdon Press
Pages   572
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.04" Width: 6.04" Height: 1.41"
Weight:   1.83 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 1997
Publisher   Abingdon Church Supplies
Edition  New  
ISBN  0687007666  
ISBN13  9780687007660  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! MARK G. TOULOUSE is principal and professor of the History of Christianity at Emmanuel College of Victoria University in the University of Toronto. His two most recent books are "God in Public: Four Ways American Christianity and Public Life Relate," named one of the top ten books published in 2006 by the Academy of Parish Clergy, and "Renewing Christian Unity: A Concise History of the Christian Church" (Disciples of Christ).
JEFFREY WILLIAMS is associate dean for Academic Affairs and assistant professor of American Religious History at Brite Divinity School. He is the author of "Religion and Violence in Early American Methodism: Taking the Kingdom by Force."
DYAN M. DIETZ is a PhD student in Biblical Interpretation at Brite Divinity School. She received a masters in divinity at Brite and is a pastor in the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. She is currently serving an appointment as associate pastor at Lake Cities United Methodist Church in Lake Dallas, Texas.




Mark G. Toulouse was born in 1952.

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