Christian Theology Reader 4e
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This bestselling volume is now available in a fully updated and expanded fourth edition, bringing together 378 readings, drawn from over 230 sources, and charting 2,000 years of Christian history. Each reading is accompanied by its own introduction, commentary and study questions, and illustrates a key doctrine, point of view, intellectual development, or theological landmarkIncludes several new readings on religion and science, an expanded coverage of feminist theological voices, extracts from radical Protestant perspectives, and more contemporary theologyFeatures additional writers, including: Pope Benedict XVI, John Polkinghorne, John Milbank, Elizabeth A. Johnson, and John YoderMay be used as a stand-alone volume, or alongside Christian Theology: An Introduction, 5th edition for a complete overview of the subjectAccompanied by a fully revised and expanded website, available on publication, featuring useful instructor and student resources, including study questions and answers, quizzes, podcast lecturers from Alister McGrath, and multiple choice questions; visit for more details



Alister E. McGrath is Head of the Centre for Theology, Religion & Culture, and Professor of Theology, Ministry, and Education at King's College, London. A world-acclaimed theologian, he is the author of numerous books including Christian Theology: An Introduction 5th edition (2011), Science and Religion, 2nd edition (2010), Theology: The Basics, 2nd edition (2007), and Dawkins' God: Genes, Memes and the Meaning of Life (2004), all published by Wiley-Blackwell.



Approaching the Readings.

To the Student: How to Use this Work.

To the Teacher: How to Use this Book.

The Development of Christian Theology: An Historical Overview.


Approaching the Readings.

To the Student: How to Use this Work.

To the Teacher: How to Use this Book.

The Development of Christian Theology: An Historical Overview


1. Getting Started: Preliminaries.

5. Salvation in Christ.

6. Human Nature, Sin, and Grace.

7. The Church.

8. The Sacraments.

9. Christianity and World Religions.

10. The Last Things.

Details of Theologians.

A Glossary of Theological Terms.

Sources of Readings.

For Further Study: Additional Collections of Readings.



"Exquisitely crafted by a true master of the discipline, this inspired book is a theological and pedagogical treasure trove for students and teachers alike, and demonstrates once again why Alister McGrath is so widely trusted and revered as one of the most sagacious and gracefully discerning theologians writing today."
Paul D. Janz, King's College London

"Alister McGrath’s anthology is a treasure trove of theological texts, the best such reader currently available. His brief introduction, comment, and questions for each reading make this a very handy resource for teachers and students alike. Through voices past and present, students will gain a seat at the dining table for a veritable feast of theology."
Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Wheaton College Graduate School