Biographical Dictionary of Christian Theologians

by Patrick W. Carey, ed., Joseph T. Lienhard, ed.

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February 2000


Pages 608
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Religion/History

The last 20 centuries of Christian history have witnessed the emergence of numerous theological traditions. Many of these traditions today have relatively minor significance, while others remain a vibrant part of contemporary religious culture. And while some theologians, such as Martin Luther, Thomas Aquinas, and John Calvin, are relatively well known, others have become more obscure. This reference provides alphabetically arranged entries for more than 450 Christian theologians from antiquity to the close of the twentieth century. Entries are restricted to theologians who died before 1994, when this project was begun. Included are profiles for the most important and representative theologians from the Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant traditions, with special attention to theologians of the English-speaking world.

The volume covers those individuals whose work was primarily in systematic and spiritual theology, or church historians whose work was chiefly theological. Whenever possible, each entry provides basic biographical information, a brief account of the person's education and career, and a summary of the individual's most important contributions to theology. The entries range in length from 250 to 2,000 words, depending on the significance of the theologian's work. Each entry closes with a bibliography of primary and secondary sources, while the volume concludes with a selected, general bibliography.

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The learned authors recruited to write these articles treat their subjects succinctly, clearly, and fairly. It is hard to imagine a better place to begin serious study of Christendom's serious students of God.—Mark A. Noll^LMcManis Professor of Christian Thought^LWheaton College

The ^IDictionary of Christian Theologians^R should quickly become essential reading for theology students in need of an orientation to the life and thought of the great theologians of the CHristian tradition. It also will be a welcome addition to the bookshelf of the established scholar in need of a quick refresher course in an unfamiliar field. Whether for novice or for expert, the ^IDictionary^R will be a sure guide in virtually every area of Christian theology.—John H. Erickson^LProfessor of Canon Law and Church History^LSt. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary

The ^IBiographical Dictionary of Christian Theologians^R will prove to be a vital resource for anyone engaged in the study of theology....Clear, concise articles and well-focused bibliographies give both the beginning student and the specialist the essential tools to pursue further study. This text can be especially useful in helping graduate students to create a mental map of the terrain of critical figures and texts in the field. The expert contributors combine first-rate scholarship with reliable clarity to produce a text that belongs on the thological reference shelf of every library.—Dennis M. Doyle^LAssociate Professor^LReligious Studies^LUniversity of Dayton

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