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An Introduction to Christian Theology


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INTRODUCTION AND TANAK 1. THEOLOGY - Thoughtful Conversation about God 2. GENESIS - God, Creation and Humanity 3. TORAH - Covenant, Exodus and the Law 4. NEB'IM - Prophets, Kings & Exile 5. KETUBIM - Priests, Poets & Wisdom NEW TESTAMENT 6. GOSPELS - Jesus as Messiah 7. GOSPELS - Theology of the Kingdom 8. GOSPELS - Death & Resurrection 9. ACTS - The Way of the Lord 10. PAUL - Religious Revolutionary 11. JOHN - Theology & Witness CLASSICAL 12. CANON - Scriptures & Theology 13. CREED - Kerygma to Creed 14. COUNCILS - Councils & Controversy 15. ECCLESIOLOGY - New Israel, New Church, New Empire? 16. CLASSICAL - Augustine, Anselm, Aquinas 17. SACRAMENTS - Biblical & Scholastic Synthesis 18. REFORMATION - Ecclesiology in Three Dimensions MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY 19. THEOLOGY 'versus' PHILOSOPHY 20. THEOLOGY 'versus' SCIENCE 21. THEOLOGY 'versus' ANTHROPOLOGY 22. DIALOGUES in Different Voices 23. DIALOGUES in Ethics 24. DIALOGUES in Faith 25. DIALOGUE & the Future 26. Spirituality Index Bibliography

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An introductory, single authored textbook in theology, introducing the reader to biblical, doctrinal and historical dimensions of Christianity.

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Anthony Towey has spent over 20 years teaching and lecturing in theology at every level. He is a former Academic Tutor of the English College, Rome, and currently Head of the School of Theology, Philosophy and History at St Mary's University College, London.


Towey is clearly a very gifted writer, and able to take his readers through dense and complex theological issues with assurance and clarity. In the highways and byways of Christian history, and the maze of doctrines, and theological and moral issues, he is as sure a guide as one could hope for. * Martyn Percy, Christ Church, Oxford, UK *
Look no further, students of Christian theology. In one volume Anthony Towey offers a masterful guide to Christianity from its biblical beginnings to its postmodern present. Prepare to encounter people, events and ideas that have sealed fates, shaped history, and stirred the hearts and minds of generations. With erudition, enthusiasm and humour, he has produced that rare thing: a compendium of Christian theology to make the brain hum and the heart sing. * Julie Clague, University of Glasgow, UK *
Towey writes engagingly. He refreshingly takes the student of theology into areas that will allow them to sense the richness, complexity, problems and wonders of the Christian tradition. * Gavin D'Costa, University of Bristol, UK *
This is a faithful, intelligent, accessible and witty introduction to theology. Its biblical, historical approach lets students know where theology came from and what data it must deal with. * Gerald O'Collins, Gregorian University, Rome, Italy *
The greatest challenge when teaching theology to undergraduate students is that of translating what is, for so many today, a new language and alien concepts into something that is accessible and which can be understood. Towey achieves this without ever over-simplifying or diminishing the content. * Eamonn Fitzgibbon Director of The Irish Institute for Pastoral Studies, Ireland *

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