Historical Theology presents the key pillars of the contemporary church and the development of those doctrines as they evolved from the history of Christian thought.
Most historical theology texts follow Christian beliefs in a strict chronological manner with the classic theological loci scattered throughout various time periods, movements, and controversies—making for good history but confusing theology.
This companion to the classic bestseller Systematic Theology is unique among historical theologies. Gregg Allison sets out the history of Christian doctrine according to a topical-chronological arrangement—one theological element at a time instead of committing to a discussion of theological thought according to its historical appearance alone.
This method allows you to:
- Contemplate one tenet of Christianity at a time, along with its formulation in the early church—through the Middle Ages, Reformation, and post-Reformation era, and into the modern period.
- Become familiar with the primary source material of Christian history's most important contributors, such as Cyprian, Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, Calvin, Barth, and others.
- Understand the development of evangelical doctrine with a focus on the centrality of the gospel.
- Discern a sense of urgent need for greater doctrinal understanding in the whole church.
Historical Theology is an easy-to-read textbook for any Christian who wants to know how the church has come to believe what it believes today. Gregg Allison's clear and concise structure make this resource an ideal introduction to Christian doctrine.
About the Author
Gregg Allison (PhD) is Professor of Christian Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky where he teaches systematic theology. Previously he served on Cru staff at the University of Notre Dame and overseas in Italy and the Italian-speaking region of Switzerland. He is a pastor of Sojourn Community Church, and is the theological strategist for Sojourn Network, a church planting network of about thirty churches. He is the author of Historical Theology: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine; Sojourners and Strangers: The Doctrine of the Church; and Roman Catholic Theology and Practice: An Evangelical Assessment.
Table of Contents
Introduction to Historical Theology
Part 1: The Doctrine of the Word of God
Part 2: The Doctrine of God
Part 3: The Doctrine of Humanity
Part 4: The Doctrines of Christ and the Holy Spirit
Part 5: The Doctrine of the Application of Redemption
Part 6: The Doctrine of the Church
Part 7: The Doctrine of the Future
Chapter 1 - Introduction to Historical Theology
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- Chapter 2 - The Canon of Scripture
- Chapter 3 - The Inspiration of Scripture
- Chapter 4 - The Authority of Scripture
- Chapter 5 - The Inerrancy of Scripture
Chapter 6 - The Clarity of Scripture
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Chapter 7 - The Sufficiency and Necessity of Scripture
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Chapter 8 - The Interpretation of Scripture
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Chapter 9 - The Existence and Knowability of God
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Chapter 10 - The Character of God
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Chapter 11 - God in Three Persons—The Trinity
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Chapter 12 - Creation
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- Chapter 13 - Providence
Chapter 14 - Angels, Satan, and Demons
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- Chapter 15 - The Creation and Nature of Humanity
- Chapter 16 - Sin
- Chapter 17 - The Person of Jesus Christ
Chapter 18 - The Atonement
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- Chapter 19 - Resurrection and Ascension
- Chapter 20 - The Holy Spirit
Chapter 21 - Election and Reprobation
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Chapter 22 - Regeneration, Conversion, and Effective Calling
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- Chapter 23 - Justification (Legal Right Standing Before God)
Chapter 24 - Sanctification (Growth in Likeness to Christ)
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- Chapter 25 - The Perseverance of the Saints (Remaining a Christian)
Chapter 26 - The Church—Its Nature, Its Marks, and Its Purposes
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Chapter 27 - Church Government
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Chapter 28 - Baptism
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- Chapter 29 - The Lord's Supper
Chapter 30 - Worship
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- Chapter 31 - Christ's Return and the Millennium
- Chapter 32 - The Final Judgment and Eternal Punishment
Chapter 33 - The New Heavens and New Earth
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Rather than following the history of Christianity and presenting various doctrines as they arise, Gregg Allison’s Historical Theology course traces the development of vital Christian theology topic by topic.
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