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Thinking with the Churchoffers twelve meaty essays from a renowned historian, theologian, and Calvin scholar. In this volume B. A. Gerrish focuses on the progression of the Calvinist tradition and examines historical theology as a critical engagement with past leaders of Christian thought and their opponents.

In the first two parts the essays focus on philosophical theology, considering such questions asWhat is religion?andWhat is revelation?Part three turns directly to historical interpretation of the Calvinist tradition, viewed in the very diverse work of three of its foremost representatives -- Calvin himself, Friedrich Schleiermacher, and Charles Hodge. Finally, in the fourth and fifth sections, Gerrish deals with particular Christian doctrines in which the diversity of the Calvinist tradition is apparent -- the atonement, the Eucharist, and grace. Historical interpretation is the foundation throughout, but Gerrish does not exclude the critical engagement that belongs to the task of historical theology.

Three of these essays are completely new; the others were previously published in a variety of places -- journals, symposia, an encyclopedia -- but have been extensively revised.

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Title
Thinking with the church - essays in historical theology
Author
B. A. Gerrish
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20100421

Thinking with the Churchoffers twelve meaty essays from a renowned historian, theologian, and Calvin scholar. In this volume B. A. Gerrish focuses on the progression of the Calvinist tradition and examines historical theology as a critical engagement with past leaders of Christian thought and their opponents.

In the first two parts the essays focus on philosophical theology, considering such questions asWhat is religion?andWhat is revelation?Part three turns directly to historical interpretation of the Calvinist tradition, viewed in the very diverse work of three of its foremost representatives -- Calvin himself, Friedrich Schleiermacher, and Charles Hodge. Finally, in the fourth and fifth sections, Gerrish deals with particular Christian doctrines in which the diversity of the Calvinist tradition is apparent -- the atonement, the Eucharist, and grace. Historical interpretation is the foundation throughout, but Gerrish does not exclude the critical engagement that belongs to the task of historical theology.

Three of these essays are completely new; the others were previously published in a variety of places -- journals, symposia, an encyclopedia -- but have been extensively revised.

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B. A. Gerrish is John Nuveen Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago Divinity School. His other books include Tradition and the Modern World: Reformed Theology in the Nineteenth Century and Grace and Gratitude: The Eucharistic Theology of John Cal


Schubert M. Ogden
- Southern Methodist University
"Brian Gerrish's work as a historical theologian always anticipating the systematic theological task continues unsurpassed. In essay after essay, his 'thinking with the church' takes the gerund as seriously as the preposition, by appropriating the church's witness critically, and so advancing both of the disciplines in which he labors so fruitfully. Of particular value in this book is its further, thought-provoking illumination of 'tradition' as ever the duty of - in his mentor John Calvin's words -faithfully handing ononly by firstformingas best we can."

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Theology - History.
Country of Publication
Michigan
Number of Pages
287

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