Introduction to Christian Theology

Introduction to Christian Theology

Introduction to Christian Theology

Introduction to Christian Theology

Synopsis

Students often find introductions to systematic theology too daunting or boring to wade through. Here author and teacher Bradley Hanson offers an attractive, accessible alternative for undergraduates. Hanson draws on 16 years of successful teaching to create exciting and pertinent presentations of major topics, illuminate options on key issues, and nudge students to formulate a personal stance.

Excerpt

One of the most important questions to ask about a book is, What audience does the book address? Most introductions to theology are written for seminary students who are assumed to have some knowledge of the Bible and the history of Christian theology. This book is especially for those college and seminary students who do not have much background in the study of Christian theology, and thus may not know biblical figures such as Sarah and Paul, when a theologian such as Augustine lived, or what technical terms such as hermeneutics and eschatology mean. If you are a student who already understands these references, all the better; you will find more than enough to think about here. The point is that the intended audience of this book is neither the professor nor the advanced theological student, but the beginning student of Christian systematic theology. This does not mean the text is simplistic or unchallenging, but the book does not assume a student comes to it with a considerable fund of knowledge in Christian beliefs and history. Consideration of this audience has also meant that the book does not begin with an extensive prolegomena or foreword on theological method and context.

My primary concern in this book is to engage the student's interest in the great issues of Christian theology. I have not written it in order to convince you that my personal views are the best. I shall certainly express my own position on a number of issues and let you know when I am doing so, but the student does not have to agree with me. What matters most is becoming personally involved in thinking through the fundamental issues of Christian theology. The book is designed to acquaint students with some of the important options in dealing with an issue and then to nudge them toward formu-

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