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Overview William Placher has chronicled the whole history of Christian theology, from its background in the history of Israel to the various modes of liberation theology in the late 20th century. Moreover, this book has touched almost all of the important bases and has dealt with significant figures, is sues and movements in an incisive and illuminating manner. This intellectual history, a story of people and their ideas, is a delight to read, and could be widely used in colleges, seminaries, and even by lay institutes or study groups.
Publishers Description "A History of Christian Theology" offers a consice yet complete chronicle of the whole history of Christian theology, from its background in the history of Israel to the various modes of liberation theology in the late 20th century. This book is an intellectual history, a story of people and their ideas. It will be valuable for college and seminary students as well as lay study groups.
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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.8" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 1983
Publisher Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN 0664244963 ISBN13 9780664244965
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More About William C. Placher
William C. Placher was Charles D. and Elizabeth S. LaFollette Distinguished Professor in the Humanities and Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana. He was the author or editor of a number of books including "Essentials of Christian Theology", published by WJK.
William C. Placher lived in the state of Indiana. William C. Placher was born in 1948 and died in 2008.
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Essence of Christian Theology May 30, 2007
Placher's book served as primary text in two of my undergrad courses, helping make theology both accessible and affordable. As he goes through the eras, one can find evidence of his sense of humor throughout the pages (i.e. "an iota of difference" when discussing Greek translations) while seriously addressing the major points throughout the history of Christianity. As a religion minor, this book was invaluable in starting my deeper investigation into Christian theology and an excellent "index of the ages" for finding primary resources on topics for higher-level classes. For those wanting to get more in-depth, Placher also has two collections of readings that correspond to various topics covered in this book, which are designed to complement this text. They're definitely worth the investment for the serious scholar or the budding theologian and have been used as textbook in both preparatory and collegiate courses due to their accessibility and comprehensiveness.
One A Very Few Readable Books In This Field Apr 25, 2006
This book was an absolute lifesaver as I prepared for my graduate school exams. As I read more detailed works of theology, I would constantly return to this book for context. Placher deals with the most complex points of theology and makes them crystal clear. The chapters are short and to the point. I think I have read the chapters on the Trinitarian and Christological controversies 10 times. This book is highly recommended.
An Excellent Overview of Historical Theology Oct 25, 2002
Placher offers an excellent overview of the History of Christian Theology in this volume. His writing is lively, and he offers concrete examples for abstract philosophical and theological concepts. This is an excellent text to use for an undergraduate level survey course in historical theology.
Clear concise and interesting Oct 26, 2000
Placher has done a wonderful job of delivering on a whole host of ideas. He has made some very complicated ideas much more accessible than many authors. He writes in a captivating way that is almost like reading a story than a textbook presenting ideas.
From the influence of Greek philosophy to the "End of Christendom", he touches on many key ideas in a way that makes you want to read more. He is clear and at times puts in a bit of his own opinion in an educated manner.
This is still just an introduction, since you cannot be comprehansive in so few pages. But he brilliantly solves this problem by giving a very good bibliography at the end of each chapter. Moreover, he has a basic and advanced bibliography for each which helps you decide how "deep" you want to get into a subject. It is unfortuante that some of the books are out of date.
I highly recommend this for any theological student.
Sharp and clear ... great for new students of theology. Jan 14, 2000
In A History of Christian Theology, Placher dispenses a very clear picture of the Christian story--chronicling every major and truly significant point from Yahweh to the Christ, from the fathers to the Reformation, and from early modernism to today.
Whether one uses this book as a classroom text or studies it merely for pleasure, it is a good and easy read, especially for students who are just coming into the realm of Christian theology. The information is clear and understandable, and Placher has a gift for illustrating--without getting off task--the events that have made Christians who they are today.