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Makers of Christian Theology in America

Makers of Christian Theology in America

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This important reference work presents critical, analytical, and interpretive essays on more than ninety figures who have been particularly important in shaping and influencing the development of Christian theology in America. The work is organized into four major sections: The Colonial Period (1607-1789); The National Period (1789-1865); The Post Civil War Period (1865-1918); and The Modern Period (1918-1970). Each section has a separate introduction by the editors tracing major theological developments in that historical period. A substantial concluding article by Martin Marty traces theological developments, trends and movements in American theology since 1965. Each essay includes: (1) basic biographical data regarding the life, career, and major writings of the figure (2) an analysis of the key theological issues and/or concepts to which the figure responded (3) a critical discussion of the major theological themes developed in the course of the figure's career (4) an assessment of the immediate influence of the figure's thought and its significance for subsequent theological developments. Brief bibliographies at the end of each essay point readers to the most important and useful primary and secondary literature for each figure. Makers of Christian Theology is a welcome and long-needed addition to reference and textbook possibilities for courses on Religion in North America. . . . It is dramatically more inclusive and even-handed in its selection of figures for an historical orientation to theological developments in North American Christianity than any previous attempt. . . . Both the design of the book and the content of the individual essays reflect the fruit of the best current work on Christian theology in America. I recommend it highly! --Randy L. Maddox, Professor of Religion and Philosophy

Author: James O. Duke, Mark G. Toulouse
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Published: 09/01/1997
Pages: 560
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 1.83lbs
Size: 9.04h x 6.04w x 1.41d
ISBN: 9780687007660

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 09/29/1997 pg. 84

About the Author
Toulouse, Mark G.: - Mark G. Toulouse is Professor of History of Christianity and Dean of Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University.Duke, James O.: - James Duke, Professor of the History of Christianity and the History of Christian Thought at Brite Divinity School, received his B.A. from the University of Maryland and his M.Div. and Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. He has taught at the University of Montana and Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California, where he was a member of the Doctoral Faculty in Historical Studies at the Graduate Theological Union. He is recipient of the TCU Deans' Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Catherine Saylor Hill Award for Faculty Excellence. His publications include translations of German theologian Friedrich Schleiermacher as well as studies in the history of theology in North America, history and doctrine of the Stone-Campbell movement, and theological methodology. He has served as editor of American Academy of Religion publications and at present is on the editorial team preparing The New Westminster Dictionary of Church History. He is an ordained minister of the Christian Church (D

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