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In this second volume of "Readings in the History of Christian Theology," William C. Placher begins with a decisive transition, the Reformation of the sixteenth century, and opens with an excerpt from Martin Luther's "The Freedom of a Christian." From the sixteenth century into the twentieth, he presents significant selections from works of the principal Protestant and Cat In this second volume of "Readings in the History of Christian Theology," William C. Placher begins with a decisive transition, the Reformation of the sixteenth century, and opens with an excerpt from Martin Luther's "The Freedom of a Christian." From the sixteenth century into the twentieth, he presents significant selections from works of the principal Protestant and Catholic thinkers, including present-day writers such as Gustavo Gutierrez and Rosemary Radford Ruether.


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In this second volume of "Readings in the History of Christian Theology," William C. Placher begins with a decisive transition, the Reformation of the sixteenth century, and opens with an excerpt from Martin Luther's "The Freedom of a Christian." From the sixteenth century into the twentieth, he presents significant selections from works of the principal Protestant and Cat In this second volume of "Readings in the History of Christian Theology," William C. Placher begins with a decisive transition, the Reformation of the sixteenth century, and opens with an excerpt from Martin Luther's "The Freedom of a Christian." From the sixteenth century into the twentieth, he presents significant selections from works of the principal Protestant and Catholic thinkers, including present-day writers such as Gustavo Gutierrez and Rosemary Radford Ruether.

30 review for Readings in the History of Christian Theology, Volume 2: From the Reformation to the Present

  1. 5 out of 5

    Eric Vogel

    It's a starting place with encountering many Christian theologians and philosophers throughout the years since the reformation. For most, it is only a portion of the work, so you will have to find the source on your own if you want the entire piece. May help you encounter a writer or thought you have not heard about, but not enough to truly understand a person or position.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dartist

    A wonderful collection of highlights from important theological writings from Martin Luther to the late 20th Century. I had this and Placher's first volume as some of my texts for seminary Church history classes. Placher acted as editor, selecting choice nuggets of essential writings with nice, concise essays describing their context and importance. Understand what this book is: an introduction, a survey if you will, of writings every Christian should be familiar with, if they want to grasp the A wonderful collection of highlights from important theological writings from Martin Luther to the late 20th Century. I had this and Placher's first volume as some of my texts for seminary Church history classes. Placher acted as editor, selecting choice nuggets of essential writings with nice, concise essays describing their context and importance. Understand what this book is: an introduction, a survey if you will, of writings every Christian should be familiar with, if they want to grasp the essentials of the development of doctrine and important Christian thinkers and movements. This is not a book to use for a research paper of any length, bec. it only includes highlights (it comes in at just over 200 pages long), but it may help a beginning researcher to know where to begin their search on a particular period or person. I think this book is best for the armchair historian or theologian, who wants to read an accessible and helpful survey of Christian thought. Placher's comments are insightful and gracious, and he includes a wide variety of traditions, albeit mostly Western ones, until the last section, which includes some African and Latin American voices. Other than its Eurocentrism, it is a great introductory text to Christian history and thought. It includes an appendix bibliography of other texts one may want to consult for further study on particular periods, though it is a bit dated, since this book was printed in 1988.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sean

    This is a good survey through some of Western Christianity best known theologians and ideas since the Reformation. This can be a companion to his A History of Christian Theology, but like he states this volume can stand on its own. In focusing on ideas instead of institutional history Placher is able to go across the wide spectrum of Western Christian thinking. For each thinker Placher has included a very brief introduction to the piece along with a substantial excerpt so that his readers can se This is a good survey through some of Western Christianity best known theologians and ideas since the Reformation. This can be a companion to his A History of Christian Theology, but like he states this volume can stand on its own. In focusing on ideas instead of institutional history Placher is able to go across the wide spectrum of Western Christian thinking. For each thinker Placher has included a very brief introduction to the piece along with a substantial excerpt so that his readers can see that theology is not “unsupported assertions” but “arguments”. What is beneficial for readers is that Placher is choosing source texts. You can read about Catholic responses to Luther’s theory of justification from around the time this was all taking place. This is a good way to stop theological stereotyping. There were lots in here that I disagree with, but it’s good to know the thoughts and arguments from different perspectives within the Christian tradition. Since this is my first time through my disagreements might be reactionary. I will have to read again to find out.

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