Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

The Student's Companion to the Theologians

Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

The Student's Companion to the Theologians

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The Student's Companion to the Theologians. Edited by Ian Markham. (Malden, Massachusetts: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013, Pp. xx, 556. $51.95, paper.)

In this work, Ian S. Markham, dean and president of Virginia Theological Seminary, seeks to introduce students taking an introductory class in theology to "all of the key people in our discipline" (xiii). Conceding that his seventy-seven choices will be hody contested, he acknowledges he has of necessity excluded many important figures. The book is divided into five sections: Early Centuries; Middle Ages; Reformation; Enlightenment and Modern Period; and Twentieth Century to Present. In addition to covering prominent individuals, the book offers articles on special topics: the Reformation, Vatican II, and liberal, black, and process theologies. Contributors are primarily drawn from American and British institutions. Anglicans have no cause to feel neglected, for articles are devoted to Richard Hooker, Austin Farrer, Donald MacKinnon, John Milbank, Charles Philip Price, James Packer, and Keith Ward. Some articles are primarily biographical (e.g., Martyn Percy on Richard Hooker) while others delve into the theology of their subjects at considerable length (e.g., David R. Law on Gottfried Thomasuis). Similarly, some entries are lucid enough to be understood by an able college student (e.g., Christy Lohr on Martin Luther), but others assume a theological literacy that most novice seminarians do not possess (e.g., Andrew Louth on Máximos the Confessor, a figure given just one sentence in Kenneth Scott Latourette's classic History of Christianity (New York: Harper 8c Brothers, 1953.)

Markham has wisely included articles on Paul, the Apocalypse of John, the Gospel of John, and the synoptics. Efrain Agosto notes that despite Paul's high Christology, there is no consensus as to whether he believed Christ was God. …

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