“The aim of this book is to make the history of Christian theology comprehensible to nonspecialists while at the same time providing a useful resource for those who want to take the subject further.”
I think the author’s aim was accomplished. The reading is easy to follow and not bogged down yet it is comprehensive and detailed.
This is an interesting read. A history of theology and how it developed throughout church history, this was a much more detailed picture than anything I’ve read up to this point. Most histories of theology or church history jump into the early church fathers and the councils without going into a lot of detail about the early church. In this book, the author gives detailed information on the relationship between the early Christians and the Jewish faith. Comparing how much they had in common and how the early Christians used the same Scriptures as the Jewish people in their new faith, it shows how similar they were and the heritage that the Jews gave to Christianity. Part One details the connections between Christianity and Judaism and details some of the same beliefs they held, such as monotheism and God creating the world.
Parts Two and Three then go into great detail regarding God the Father. Parts Four and Five address the person of Christ as the Son and His work. Parts Six and Seven are regarding the Holy Spirit. This book is an extensive look at the development of theology since the dawn of Christianity. Originally it wasn’t called theology but rather doctrine or teachings.
If you are interested in the history of theology and how it developed from the beginning of Christianity until now, this book is the book!
*I received a copy of this book free from the publisher Crossway in exchange for my review.