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Overview A growing number of nonprofessional readers of theology, whether as individuals, in study groups, or in college courses, treat religion as the subject of disciplined study. Some acquaintance with the technical and traditional vocab- ulary is an asset to them. This guide to the meaning and use of nearly 350 theological terms provides something of the history and background of the terms it deals with. Copious cross-references add to the resources available for every entry. In the choice of terms to be explained, the primary emphasis is on those from systematic and philosophical the ology. The text gives particular attention both to con temporary theology and to the historical differences between Protestants and Roman Catholics, and among Protestants. Van A. Harvey is a professor in the Department of Re ligious Thought at the University of Pennsylvania.
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Professor Van A. Harvey is George Edwin Burnell Professor of Religious Studies Emeritus at Stanford University. He is the author of Handbook of Theological Terms (1964) and The Historian and the Believer (1966). Feuerbach and the Interpretation of Religion won the American Academy of Religion Award for Excellence in Constructive-Reflective Studies.
Van A. Harvey has an academic affiliation as follows - Stanford University, California.
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Handy-dandy Mar 10, 2007
This is a good book to have on hand, although you won't want it to be your ONLY theological dictionary/handbook. It's VERY portable, and the definitions are concise and readable. I used it a lot my first year of seminary, keeping it in my bag so that I could look things up on the sly in classes when I didn't know what the professor was talking about. It also helped immensely when I was studying for my systematics final exam.
Indispensable Oct 31, 2005
This book is a "must have" for all theology students (or the interested layperson). Harvey covers a lot of ground--from church history, to attributes of G-d, to issues in philosophy.
In short, this book is a good primer to topics you'll encounter in class. If a lecture was boring or the professor was unclear, turn to this little gem and get a good summary of what you missed (at times this book will be all you'll need to consult--that's how comprehensive it is).
I don't keep many books on my shelf; most go back to the used bookstore. But Harvey's book is a keeper. It's loaded with need-to-know information and the writing is divine.
Also recommended: The Gospel of Arnie
Still useful after all these years Apr 9, 2004
This is a book that has been around for a while, but it is not dated at all.
There are over 300 theological terms explained here, selected from systematic and philosophical theology. Each article gives attention to modern theology and to the historical differences between Protestant and Roman Catholics, and sometimes to the differences among Protestant groups.
Easily understood by seminary student and Sunday School student alike.
The good book... Jan 23, 2004
This book, first published in 1964, is a handy little guide for theological terms. It is not the most complete available, nor is it the most authoritative, but in terms of ease of use (and of purchase) it is one of the better volumes. It is a little blue book (making it easy to spot on the shelf), small enough to be portable, and contains over 300 articles on the key terms in theology.
While it is true there has been a lot of theological development in the past 35 years, it is also true that theology has a centuries-old tradition and development, all of which underpins, in one way or another, the current context of theology. Thus, while one might not find the definition of 'womanist theology' contained herein, one will find the most standard terms for the greater portion of Christian history.
The choice of terminology is deliberately limited to systematic and philosophical theological language -- thus, terminology related to or specific to other disciplines (biblical studies, practical ministry, etc.) will not be found here. There are extended discussions on lengthier topics, such as the Trinity, Christology, doctrine of God, etc. There are many Latin and Greek terms, but not too many. There are also general discussions on major historical ideas (Arianism, Pelagianism, etc.) while leaving out other, larger systematic theological schools of thought (Thomism, Lutheranism, etc.).
This is a worthwhile book for Catholics or Protestants, and it is an very good, affordable option for a theological dictionary.
Essential Aug 29, 2001
Don't start seminary without this. Before you master Greek & Hebrew, you have the language of theology to conquer. Profs only have so much time, and if half the words they use are flying over your head, this book is your new best friend. Don't try to take an Early Church History or Theology class without it!