God Has Spoken: A History of Christian Theology

By Gerald Bray

God Has Spoken

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God Has Spoken: A History of Christian Theology

By Gerald Bray

Christian theology didn’t develop in a vacuum. 

Understanding the story behind the doctrines that have been debated, defined, and defended throughout history is crucial for truly understanding the doctrines themselves.

In this groundbreaking resource, professor Gerald Bray traces the history of Christian theology from the early church to the modern era. Structured to parallel the order in which orthodoxy gradually matured in response to challenges from both inside and outside the church, this volume outlines how Christians have struggled to understand, confess, and worship the triune God through the centuries.


Author:

Gerald Bray (DLitt, University of Paris-Sorbonne) is research professor at Beeson Divinity School and director of research for the Latimer Trust. He is a prolific writer and has authored or edited numerous books, including The Doctrine of GodBiblical Interpretation, God Is Love, and God Has Spoken.


Endorsements:

“A remarkably learned, wise, and substantial study of the history of Christian doctrine. Written by an Anglican who is also an evangelical, this volume interacts with the entire scope of Christian theology in all of its major ecclesial trajectories. This book will stand the test of time—in the best tradition of Newman, Harnack, and Pelikan.”
Timothy George, Dean, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University; general editor, Reformation Commentary on Scripture

“Despite its breadth, one that covers the centuries, God Has Spoken also plumbs the depths of numerous doctrines throughout the church’s last two thousand years. This volume is an excellent resource for students, pastors, and scholars, and for anyone who wants to study the organic development of the church’s theology. This will prove to be an invaluable resource for generations to come.”
J. V. Fesko, Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, Westminster Seminary California

“Under Gerald Bray’s able pen, the history of Christian thought comes to life. Bray’s Trinitarian way of framing the story of Christian doctrine is a creative and helpful contribution to the discipline. His familiarity with the sources from every branch of the Christian tree is refreshing—and enviable! His evenhanded narrative—mixed with periodic personal commentary that is often witty, always insightful, and occasionally provocative—makes this book a delight to read. God Has Spoken will be essential reading for scholars and students for years to come. Highly recommended.”
Nathan A. Finn, Dean, School of Theology and Missions, Union University


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Table of Contents:

Part 1: The Israelite Legacy

  1. Christianity and Judaism
  2. A Shared Inheritance

Part 2: The Person of the Father

  1. God as Father
  2. The Father and His Children

Part 3: The Work of the Father

  1. The Reconciliation of the World
  2. Providence and Predestination
  3. The Work of the Father and the Trinity

Part 4: The Person of the Son

  1. The Challenge of the Incarnation
  2. The Son of God
  3. The Christian Theological Vocabulary
  4. The Son of Man

Part 5: The Work of the Son

  1. The Body of Christ
  2. The Death of Christ
  3. The Coming of Christ’s Kingdom

Part 6: The Person of the Holy Spirit

  1. The Forgotten Person of the Trinity?
  2. Spirit of the Father, Spirit of the Son

Part 7: The Work of the Holy Spirit

  1. The Presence of God
  2. The Inspiration of Holy Scripture
  3. The Preservation of the Church
  4. The Pathway to Heaven
  5. The Mystical Body of Christ

Part 8: One God in Three Persons

  1. The Classical Doctrine of God
  2. The Eclipse of Theology
  3. The Trinitarian Revival
  4. The Challenge of God Today

Specifications:

Category: Theology
Format: Printed Caseside
Page Count: 1264
ISBN-10: 1-4335-2694-8
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-2694-7
Size: 6.0 in x 9.0 in
Weight: 55.3 ounces
Published: October 31, 2014