Cambridge Companion to Christian Doctrine Cambridge Companion to Christian Doctrine

Colin E. Gunton (Editor)
ISBN 9780521476959 (052147695X)
Cambridge University Press, 1997

Category: Doctrine and Theology

The times they are a-changin' for Christian thinkers: a believing Christian theology has come back into the mainstream. Representing the union of the believer, the inquirer and the scholar, this is an epoch-making book from within academic theology that signals the end of the dry, meaningless and atheistic tendencies that have plagued the discipline. Here is faith seeking understanding and relevance for the late 20th century.

This selection of articles by some of today's best theological minds covers the different areas of Christian Doctrine: what Christians believe about life, death and the meaning of the universe. The essays have been organized into two sections: one describing the historical and intellectual context in which the 20th-century theologian works, the other focusing on elements of the actual content of Christian Doctrine. Readers are taken through the different dimensions of Christian belief by practitioners who have done the hard thinking in order to write it out in relatively user-friendly language. A glossary is provided for those remaining stubborn '-ology' words that just won't go away.

The articles are so uniformly good it is hard to pick out highlights, but the opening essay by Colin Gunton describing the whole enterprise of doing theology is the clearest and most helpful introduction that a newcomer to the field could hope to find. It is not possible for a single book of essays to cover every topic, but the sweep is impressive, with articles on subjects from the Christian attitude to Matter and Creation all the way to the Endtimes. There are articles on non-Christian culture and on art as well as on 'sacraments' and Trinity. There is much that will challenge and provoke, along with that which will inspire and encourage.

This is a truly great book, a rich and diverse set of examples of what good theology is all about. If Christian Doctrine could have a masterclass, this would be it.

Graham McFarlane, February 1998

Dr Graham McFarlane is Senior Lecturer in Systematic Theology at London School of Theology. He says, "I have a passion for getting people to think about what they believe rather than just believing. I also believe that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the only antidote to the problems I see around me but in order for that Gospel to get out and do its stuff there need to be biblically and theologically informed thinking people who don't mind getting their hands dirty in the process."

Previously published by London School of Theology. Reused here by kind permission.

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