Biographical Dictionary of Christian Theologians

Biographical Dictionary of Christian Theologians

Biographical Dictionary of Christian Theologians

Biographical Dictionary of Christian Theologians

Synopsis

The last 20 centuries of Christian history have witnessed the emergence of numerous theological traditions. This reference provides alphabetically arranged entries for more than 450 Christian theologians. Included are entries for those individuals whose work was primarily in systematic and spiritual theology, or who were church historians chiefly concerned with theological matters. Whenever possible, each entry provides basic biographical information, a brief account of the theologian's education and career, and a summary of the person's most important contributions to theology. The entries end with bibliographies of primary and secondary sources, while the volume concludes with a selected, general bibliography.

Excerpt

The Biographical Dictionary of Christian Theologians is meant to be a practical work of reference. Its goal is to provide readers with a concise introduction to the lives and thought of more than 450 Christian theologians. Whenever possible, articles first sketch the theologian's education and career and then provide a concise summary of that theologian's major works and contributions to theology. A short bibliography of primary and secondary works concludes each article. The articles are meant to be descriptive, rather than argumentative or polemical, in their presentations of the theological traditions that have emerged in almost 2,000 years of Christian history.

Articles follow a format first used in Henry Warner Bowden Dictionary of American Religious Biography (Greenwood Press, 1977; 2d ed. 1993). A standard format was the goal for each entry; but in some cases, limited information made uniformity impossible. Accuracy was, of course, the primary goal of authors and editors; but limitations of space made it impossible to deal with subtle problems of dating or complexities of interpretation. Whenever possible, each entry supplies the theologian's date and place of birth and death, and a brief account of his or her education and career. There follows a summary of the theologian's most important contributions to theology. The entry ends with a short bibliography, divided into two parts. Part A lists the most important editions of primary works -- that is, the theologian's own writings. Part B lists secondary works, which are modern studies of the theologian's thought and influence. For most articles, Part B of the bibliography is restricted to about six entries, which are biographies or systematic interpretative studies. Each article also has the author's name supplied. A list of contributors, with their academic positions, is found at the end of the volume.

Entries are restricted to Christian theologians who died before 1994, when . . .

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