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Christian Theology: The Basics

ISBN 9780415814942
Published April 23, 2015 by Routledge
188 Pages

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Book Description

Christian Theology: The Basics is a concise introduction to the nature, tasks and central concerns of theology – the study of God within the Christian tradition. Providing a broad overview of the story that Christianity tells us about our human situation before God, this book will also seek to provide encouragement and a solid foundation for the reader’s further explorations within the subject. With debates surrounding the relation between faith and reason in theology, the book opens with a consideration of the basis of theology and goes on to explore key topics including:

  • The identity of Jesus and debates in Christology
  • The role of the Bible in shaping theological inquiry
  • The centrality of the Trinity for all forms of Christian thinking
  • The promise of salvation and how it is achieved.

With suggestions for further reading at the end of each chapter along with a glossary Christian Theology: The Basics, is the ideal starting point for those new to study of theology.

Table of Contents

1. Speaking of God  2. Creation and Covenant  3. Jesus and the Spirit  4. The Triune God  5. Salvation  6. A New Community  7. Christian Life  8. The Christian Hope

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Murray Rae is Professor of Theology at the University of Otago, New Zealand.


"Rae (Univ. of Otago, New Zealand) provides a concise, fair, and accurate overview of the basics of Christian theology. (...) The glossary will be helpful for those looking at Christian theology for the first time and those who want succinct definitions of key terms.  Readers looking for an interesting, accessible, and balanced introduction to main features of Christian theology will find this a most helpful guide. Summing Up: Recommended."

- D. K. McKim, Memphis Theological Seminary in CHOICE

"Murray Rae has offered teachers and interested readers a robust (occasionally even literary), yet concise, introduction to the most difficult and debated issues in Christian theology. His efforts will richly reward those who are willing to “pick up and read!”

 - Christopher McMahon, Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania