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The dictionary of historical theology
Hart, Trevor A.
Publication Information:
Carlisle, Cumbria, UK ; Waynesboro, GA : Paternoster Press ; Grand Rapids, Mich. : W.B. Eerdmans Pub., 2000.
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xx, 599 pages ; 27 cm

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BT21.2 .D53 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The Dictionary of Historical Theology is a major new reference work designed for everyone with an interest in the history and development of Christian theology.

With 314 entries covering the key figures, theological movements, and significant texts that have shaped Christian thought, The Dictionary of Historical Theology traces the doctrinal development of Christianity from the early church to the present. Varying in length from 500 to 15,000 words, these entries treat the intellectual antecedents and descendents of the figures or schools of thought covered as well as their influence on the wider development of the Christian theological tradition.

The 173 contributors to The Dictionary of Historical Theology are without exception proven experts on the topics they address. Drawn from international and interdenominational circles, they tell the story of Christianity from a wide variety of perspectives, successfully capturing the great diversity of traditions that make up the Christian community today.
-- Traces Christian theology from the early church to the present
-- Covers the key figures, trends, and texts
-- Written by

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Library Journal Review

This very fine dictionary does not treat theological themes such as Christology, salvation, redemption, or grace; rather, it treats the people and the movements responsible for the birth and development of such themes in the history of the Christian church. Each of 314 entries by 173 writers is an essay, written by a topical expert and followed by an up-to-date bibliography on the subject. The entries vary in length and in quality. Notable among them are Paul Molnar's essay on Karl Barth, Max Stackhouse's on Paul Ramsey, and D.W.D Shaw's on process theology. Typically, the essays are free from jargon, presenting readable summaries and ready reference not only for church ministers, teachers, and students but also for general readers. This dictionary will not replace other volumes, such as The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (LJ 5/15/97) or A Handbook of Christian Theologians (1980. o.p.), but it is a welcome addition and may be considered among the better reference books on Christian theology. Recommended not only for academic and seminary libraries but for community libraries whose members have an interest in Christian theology.DDavid I. Fulton, Our Lady of Victories Church, Baptistown, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

The 314 articles, "Abelard" through "Zwingli," in this collection are weighted toward ideas and schools of thought rather than biographical profiles and trace skillfully the historical panorama of Christian theology. Though drawn almost exclusively from the English-speaking world, contributors are diverse theologically and usually very readable. As expected, treatment of big themes and movements from the more distant past is thorough, though attention to more recent streams of thought (e.g., eco-feminism, black theology) provides a welcome balance. Not every entry can be considered definitive (e.g., the essay on postmodernism is not as incisive as that in Blackwell Encyclopedia of Modern Christian Thought, ed. by Alister E. McGrath et al., CH, Jun'94), but a serious attempt has been made to give the 20th century its due, with strong entries on Karl Barth, Hans Frei, Bernard Lonergan, etc. An inordinate number of Scots is included, and not every reader will be pleased that a recent figure like Matthew Fox gets slightly more space than Jonathan Edwards. However, there is sufficient latitude for some creative inclusions (Coleridge), and with serviceable bibliographies accompanying every entry, this work is certain to prove useful both as a quick reference and a point of departure for more extended research. General and academic readers. D. R. Stewart; Princeton Theological Seminary