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The Story of Christian Theology: Twenty Centuries of Tradition & Reform [Hardcover]

By Roger E. Olson (Author)
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2000 GOLD MEDALLION WINNER Olson offers an engaging perspective of historical theology, presenting it in vivid narrative form. His panoramic work recounts the deeds of cultists and apostolic fathers of the second century, the clash between the theological schools of Alexandria and Antioch, the revolutionary advent of the Reformation, and more. Throughout, Olson traces a common thread: a concern for salvation.

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Voted a 2000 Book of the Year by Christianity Today Winner of a year 2000 ECPA Gold Medallion Award History is made up of stories--narratives that recount the events, movements, ideas and lives that have shaped religions and nations. Theologian Roger Olson believes that the history of Christian theology should be told as such a story, one replete with thick plots, exciting twists, interesting people and fascinating ideas. In this panoramic work of historical theology Olson vividly recounts the deeds and words of the cultists and apostolic fathers of the second century, the clash between the theological schools of Alexandria and Antioch, the epochal division between East and West, the revolutionary advent of the Reformation and much more, right on up to the dazzling, sometimes dismaying fallout that has continued to shake Christians through the twentieth century. Through it all Olson detects and traces a common thread: a concern for salvation--God's redemptive activity in forgiving and transforming sinful human beings. Evenhanded, refreshingly readable, impressive in its breadth and depth, The Story of Christian Theology is poised to become a standard historical theology text.

Awards and Recognitions
The Story of Christian Theology: Twenty Centuries of Tradition & Reform by Roger E. Olson has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Christianity Today Book Award - 2000 Winner - Theology/Ethics category
  • Gold Medallion Book Awards - 2000 Winner - Theology/Doctrine category

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Item Specifications...

Studio: IVP Academic
Pages   652
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.21" Width: 6.41" Height: 2.13"
Weight:   2.5 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 1, 1999
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0830815058  
ISBN13  9780830815050  

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More About Roger E. Olson

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Roger E. Olson (PhD, Rice University) is professor of theology at George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University. He is a prolific author whose volumes include The Story of Christian Theology and The Mosaic of Christian Belief. He is also coauthor of 20th-Century Theology.

Roger E. Olson currently resides in the state of Texas.

Roger E. Olson has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Acadia Studies in Bible and Theology
  2. Westminster Handbooks to Christian Theology

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Reviews - What do customers think about The Story of Christian Theology: Twenty Centuries of Tradition & Reform?

a must read  Nov 2, 2007
If you claim to be a Christian or are curious about why Christians believe the way they do than you need to read this book.
Theology  Sep 29, 2007
The book delivered was in excellent condition and it arrived precisely. The content of the book is very intriguing as it makes the mind really dig deep and think!
"A" story of Christian Theology  Jun 18, 2007
Raymond Cannata's review is accurate. The comment left for his review is short of understanding the task of the historian. Though I do recommend this book, be aware that Olson is an Arminian whose bias is clearly evident here. Why I recommend it is because it's clearly written (which makes his bias also clear, thereby allowing the reader to separate his story from historical theology), he isolates key theological moments in the church's history, he points out key players and he covers pivotal points over the course of two thousand years in one volume. The title is mistaken. This is not "The" story because Olson is so blatantly prejudiced. To suggest the Olson is presenting history, "warts and all," is blind trust.
Helps Make Sense of Theology  Feb 7, 2007
Having studied in Bible college, and now teaching in one, it is the experience of many students and I, that theology makes better sense when set in a historical context, and told in a narrative form. Olson ought to be congratulated and highly commended for doing just that in this book.

It is no mean feat to tell the story of twenty centuries of theology in an interesting, insightful, and informative manner: capturing sufficient details of key Christian doctrines, yet without being tedious; presenting and discussing major disagreements, yet without being sectarian.

Olson's genius is shown in both the breadth and depth of the topics covered. All the major theological doctrines and issues through the twenty centuries are covered - from Christology to Trinitarian theology, Socinianism to Calvinism, Liberal to Fundamental. All the major figures were as well: from Athanasius to Luther to Zinzendorf. I enjoyed most his treatment of the rise and decline of liberal theology, where he demonstrated his depth of understanding through linking its pedigree back to Schleiermacher, Kant, and Spinoza.

In his effort to be even and fair, there sure will be some readers who would quibble with perceived lack of clarity in some cherished doctrine or tradition, or particular Christian era. Some may even protest the focus on human action, at the expense it seems of God's. Would these excise the book of Esther from the Bible for its lack of the word "God"?

I commend this book to lecturers and students of theology and church history. I believe this book will greatly open Christian theology to a wider audience, further enquiry, and greater appreciation for Christ.
Great Find  Jan 9, 2007
Roger Olson's The Story of Christian Theology is a well written survey of the development of Christian theology. Theology does not develop in a vaccum. This book is a great work on the movers and shakers of orthodox theology. Olson also does a great job of discussing the controversies that arise between the different sects of Christianity. A very helpful, and useful resource for anyone interested in Christianity.

Aaron Baldridge, MACL

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