Christian Theology

Christian Theology : A Brief Introduction

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Christian Theology: A Brief Introduction is an incisive and engaging textbook that shows students how to think theologically D how they can respond both creatively and intelligently to the issues and challenges that face them today. Gareth Jone
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  • Paperback | 184 pages
  • 167 x 231 x 10mm | 302g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745610633
  • 9780745610634
  • 557,380

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Christian Theology: A Brief Introduction is an incisive andengaging textbook that shows students how to think theologically -how they can respond both creatively and intelligently to theissues and challenges that face them today. Gareth Jones achievesthis by providing four key stages:

highlighting the basic characteristics of theology and itsrelationship with faith.
describing theology's resources and key elements.
examining theology as doctrine and interpretation.
analysing theology's classic themes and today's newchallenges.

By moving through these four stages, students are provided with asolid foundation in theology and equipped with the skills toaddress, from a theological perspective, a range of importantsocial and political issues.

A lively, accessible and well-informed guide to the discipline, Christian Theology will be widely used as an introductorytextbook for students in theology and religious studies atuniversities and other institutions of further and highereducation.
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Table of contents

Introduction: What is Christian Theology?. Part 1: Mapping the Terrain:. 1. Christian Theology and Christian Faith. 2. Christian Theology: Some Important Qualities. Part II: Handling the Building Blocks:. 3. Language and Experience. 4. The Bible. 5. History and Tradition. 6. Society and Culture. Part III: Developing Necessary Skills:. 7. Doctrine: The Shape of Christian Theology. 8. Interpretation: The Task of Christian Theology. Part IV: Looking Around, Past and Present:. 9. Recurrent Themes in Christian Theology. 10. Contemporary Issues. Conclusion: The Ever--widening Ripple. Glossary. Suggestions for Further Reading. Index.
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"The task of a book like this is demanding: to act as matchmaker between the new student and the hoary old queen of the sciences, in the hope that things will progress further than a disappointing first date. Jonesa s method is wisely chosen. He does not pretend to give an exhaustive description of the history of Christian theology or the forms it has taken. Instead, he sets out to equip the novice with the skills needed to survive and flourish in this enticing world...It may not be the most exciting tryst in town, but an evening with this book just might help the inexperienced theologian find some confidence for future engagements." Steven Shakespeare, Modern Believing
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About Gareth Jones

Gareth Jones is Lecturer in Systematic Theology at Birmingham University, and Theological Consultant to the House of Bishops.
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