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A Concise History of Christian Thought

A Concise History of Christian Thought A Concise History of Christian Thought offers a succinct readable survey of key Christian thinkers and significant theological developments from the church s inception to the present In addition to s

  • Title: A Concise History of Christian Thought
  • Author: Tony Lane
  • ISBN: 9780801031595
  • Page: 283
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Concise History of Christian Thought offers a succinct, readable survey of key Christian thinkers and significant theological developments from the church s inception to the present In addition to surveying over one hundred important Christian thinkers from Justin Martyr to Joseph Ratzinger now Pope Benedict XVI , the book also covers major creeds, councils, and documeA Concise History of Christian Thought offers a succinct, readable survey of key Christian thinkers and significant theological developments from the church s inception to the present In addition to surveying over one hundred important Christian thinkers from Justin Martyr to Joseph Ratzinger now Pope Benedict XVI , the book also covers major creeds, councils, and documents Representative extracts allow the reader to hear from each of the key thinkers in his or her own words After having sold than 50,000 copies in its earlier editions, the current edition has been refined and updated throughout and includes new material on key contemporary thinkers It will appeal to church leaders, interested laity, and students.

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    1. A great resource. Has nearly every major movement, creed, confession, person in the history of Christianity with a short little section introducing the topic. Remarkably, Lane is able to do that in a slim book (comparatively speaking).

    2. This is a very readable history of ideas in the New Testament church. In less than 300 pages we are chronologically given brief articles about influential people, councils, or developments within the church. Very enjoyable and easy to remember format. .

    3. I thought this truly excellent; a very useful read, a broad and yet also thorough review of the history of Christian ideas about God, from the early fathers (up to 500 AD), through the medieval times (500-1500 AD), the reformation (1500-1800), and the post-reformation period (1800-current); it also includes viewpoints from the Eastern Orthodox (as oppposed to the Western/Roman Catholic) tradition for the medieval period, and, for the modern era, a discussion of the Protestant vs Catholic dichoto [...]

    4. Oh my gosh. I loved this book.I've always enjoyed history, but this book took it to a new level, for me. One of my university classes used this as a textbook; it felt, somehow, nicer than your usual, average textbook. Tony Lane's writing is so smooth!This takes the reader from the very beginning of Christian thought--with it's basis immersed in Greek Philosophy--all the way to the present day, in which all sorts of denominations are hashing out their issues and searching for truthful Theology. T [...]

    5. This is one of the most influential books I ever read.I learn better through history, intellectual concepts, and short epigrams. This is the perfect combination of all three.The history in the modern era is a bit trendy, and so over-emphaizes the people who made main-line Protestantism a dying proposition, even if they were not all Protestants, but the history of the Church Fathers, the Church Councils (and creeds) and the Reformation and Counter-Reformation is top notch, with perhaps a smidge t [...]

    6. This completes my required reading for Church History II. The work is definately concise and definately filled with a ton of frustrating stuff. It does not include figures such as Billy Graham or Charles Spurgeon. It covers a great deal of liberal theology and neo orthodoxy but very little in regards to pivotal missions thinking. I found the work to be extremely limiting and not a good introduction to a study of actual church history. It is definately a good addition to other works. Left on its [...]

    7. Substantial and succinct treatment that works directly from the primary sources. Lane sees the issues and clarifies the controversies better than any historical theologian I've read.

    8. Excellent historical summation of the past two millenia. This should be required thinking for christians, it would clear up a ton of infighting.

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