Completely updated and expanded, this third edition from one of the world’s leading theologians introduces students to key theological issues. Alister E. McGrath is the author of numerous popular theology textbooks, including Christian Theology 3rd edition and The Christian Theology Reader 2nd . Written by one of the world’s leading Protestant theologians, Theology: The Basics is designed for students taking a first short course in Christian theology or for.
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Accessible and lively, this introductory textbook: Introduces readers to key theological issues, such as God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, faith, cre Written by one of the world’s leading Protestant theologians, Theology: Introduces readers to key theological issues, such as God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, faith, creation, salvation, atonement, religious history and thw Includes within each chapter an overview of one mcbrath these themes, presents relevant biblical passages, and summarizes the contribution of one major theologian Uses the Apostle’s Creed as a framework in order to provide a user-friendly structure Features a concluding section which explains how readers can take their study further, giving examples of the kind of detailed discussion that is possible.
McGrath is the author theolohy numerous popular theology textbooks, including Christian Theology 3rd edition and The Christian Theology Reader 2nd edition.
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Theology: The Basics – By Alister E. McGrath | Reno Lauro –
Solid, mostly middle of the road introduction to theology. The “Engaging with a Text” section at the end of each chapter is particularly helpful and allows for interaction with a number of sources and traditions. I’ll be using it as a base text for an adult education course on theology at my church.
This book is basically a really short version of McGrath’s longer textbook Christian Theology: It is structured around the Apostle’s Creed, giving a brief introduction to each of the concepts along with a study in a primary theological text.
It’s not bad, but McGrath has still not gone very far in repairing his woefully poor take on eschatology. The very fact that the last chapter is titled ‘Heaven’ rather than ‘Eschatology’ to explain those phrases ‘the resurrection of the body This book is basically a really short version of McGrath’s longer textbook Christian Theology: The very fact that the last chapter is titled ‘Heaven’ rather than ‘Eschatology’ to explain those phrases ‘the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting’ at the end of the creed, illustrates the problem.
Bodily resurrection is mentioned almost as a historical oddity rather than the primary belief of historic Christianity. McGrath just can’t seem to get out of his mindset of conceiving of Christian hope as no more than ‘going to heaven when you die’.
Given the depth of his understanding of other areas in Christian theology, this continued shortcoming is utterly baffling.
Jun 25, Corey rated it liked it. McGrath’s work is very straightforward and an excellent introduction to theology. I’m interested in reading his full outline in theology as this was only a brief introduction. The chapters on the Holy Spirit and the Trinity were worth the price of the book alone. Jul 06, Ren rated it liked it Shelves: I thought this class may never end. Now to go take my final. I recommend this book to All Christian to read!! Aug 05, Don Bryant added it. I want to begin by saying I am a fan of Alister McGrath.
He speaks as a standard bearer for that brand of Evangelicalism with which I am most comfortable. He is featured in the video series, The Apostles Creed, and demonstrates clarity, conviction and intellectual credibility and soberness.
I have read his “In the Beginning: The Story of the King James Bible. I at some point will read his new biography on CS Lewis, “C. Lewis – A Life: Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet. It is a companion volume to his “Theology: The Basic Readings,” and a shorter version of his “Christian Theology: There is only pages of text so brevity is critical and much is left out.
But he sets the jib of the sail, as it were, and the alert reader will be sent in a direction that will yield much value along the way. Each chapter ends with engaging a specific original source and then gives the reader some follow up questions that would be useful for personal and group exercises.
There is a glossary, very helpful for students. McGrath is a British Evangelical. That means he has fewer axes to grind than American Evangelicals who struggle with a Fundamentalist heritage with its inherent “urge to purge” instincts. He is clearly an Evangelical who speaks for supernatural Christianity while maintaining as large a consensus as is intellectually feasible.
In his book, “Theology: The Basic Readings,” he gives the reader exposure to original sources without culling out those who do not cross t’s and dot i’s. He will refer to some of these in his Christian theology book but he refers to these scholars less, since, I am supposing, much of it is liberal, skeptical of supernaturalism, and at the far edges of the Christian tradition. This is particularly true of modern theology.
This is a book that I would like Sunday School teachers to read for their own continuing education as well as church leaders in general. For those who seek a deeper exposure, McGrath’s “Theology: Alixter Basics” will be, well, basic, and leave a taste for more. Alister McGrath does a quality job throughout this concise volume to stay as close to the middle of the theological road as possible. He deals with and refers to both Protestant and Catholic viewpoints, utilizing creeds, doctrinal statements, and quotes from thinkers on both sides of the aisle.
The Apostle’s Creed is his pathway as he moves from topic to topic, devoting a chapter to each major idea in the Creed. If I had one complaint about the book it would be it’s painstaking neutrality. In McGrath’s effort to keep from putting too fine a point on certain debated doctrines and beliefs he inadvertently leaves a couple of issue on a fine line between orthodox belief and false doctrine. None of these instances are blatant, nor do they have to do with any major, soul-shaking topics – it is almost nitpicking to point them out, but they are noticeable enough to be caught with only a little scrutiny.
That being said, I would recommend this book highly to anyone with a desire to weave through the history of the church, at an elementary level, to see how our core beliefs have been shaped, and who helped shape them. It’s an excellent introduction and McGrath is a helpful and engaging writer. I close with a quote from the theilogy by Karl Barth that is a wonderful support of the qlister as theologians: Nor is it a private subject for professors.
Fortunately, there have always been pastors who have understood more about theology than most professors. Nor is theology a private subject of study for pastors.
Fortunately, there have repeatedly been congregation members, and often whole congregations, who have pursued theology energetically while their pastors were theological infants or barbarians. Theology is a matter for the Church.
At pages, this introductory text manages to cover all the expected topics. It is structured around the Apostle’s Creed. Accordingly, the conceptualization of the three consubstantial persons in the Trinity and their relationships are explained.
This is followed by chapters on ecclesiology, sacraments and eschatology. The beginning chapters are on the whole systematic.
The last chapters however are significantly more on dogmatics. Historical contexts are not fully presented and ostensibly not At pages, this introductory text manages to cover all the expected topics. Historical contexts are not fully presented and ostensibly not deemed obligatory. However aliser background theoloby surely will help and arguably is required.
Each chapter ends with short theological excerpts which the author guides the reader to dissect. The overall view is traditional but ecumenical.
Theology: The Basics
Do not expect any in-depth deliberation. Rather, it serves as an introduction and its clarity is exemplary. Sep 01, John Martindale rated it liked it Shelves: McGrath very briefly expounds upon the theology expressed in the Apostles Creed, so of course there are many fascinating theological matters that were not even touched on.
McGrath’s intention was to wet ones appetite for future study, and it did that in a few areas like the Atonement, but to be honest, many of the great concerns of the theologians of the early church and the middle mcfrath, seem as relevant to me as “How many angels can dance on the head of a pen.
I imagine the theological areas that are of great importance to me seem this way to anyone who is not a Christian. Sep 19, Tim rated it liked it Shelves: The best thing about this book would have to be it’s neutrality. It’s from the perspective of a “mere” Christian, drawing upon the ideas of some of the major Protestant and Catholic theologians alieter the past Augustine, Calvin, Barth etcwithout an appreciable denominational bias.