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    Wiley-Blackwell; 2 edition (September 26, 2011)
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ALISTER E. McGRATH is currently Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at the University of Oxford.

Readings are drawn from a broad theological spectrum and include both historical and contemporary, mainstream, and cutting-edge approaches. ALISTER E.


Includes 56 readings chosen for their balanced portrayal of chronology, denomination, gender, and theological orientation. Provides an introduction and analysis of each reading, along with a helpful glossary. Encourages readers to interact with each text and to engage with primary sources.

Insights from author Alister E. McGrath Author Alister E. McGrath There . There is a companion volume, Theology: The Basic Readings, which is helpful, but not necessary.

Insights from author Alister E. McGrath There are a number of reasons why it’s both important and enriching to study. Having been familiar with Professor McGrath's larger volumes, I thought this volume might be worth a look. McGrath includes a striking number of quotes from "source material"-i. the words of the original authors/thinkers such as Anselm, Augustine, Luther, Calvin, and a number of contemporary writers.

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Theology: The Basic Readings. ISBN: 978-1-118-69782-5 May 2013 Wiley-Blackwell 232 Pages. Includes 56 readings chosen for their balanced portrayal of chronology, denomination, gender, and theological orientation.

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Both authors have tioners. inerrancy should only be promulgated if those bits and This is the third book-following Torture and Eucharist: pieces of historical and biblical data that do not necessarily Theology, Politics and the Body of Christ (Blackwell, 1998) cohere with the inerrancy dogma are considered with integ- and Theopolitical Imagination (T&T Clark, 2002)-by rity and not explained away.

In this fully expanded and updated new edition, leading theologianAlister E. McGrath brings together key theological readings toprovide a concise and balanced introduction to the Christianfaith.  Readings are drawn from a broad theological spectrum andincludes both historical and contemporary, mainstream andcutting-edge approachesProvides an introduction and analysis of each reading, alongwith a helpful glossaryUses the Apostle's Creed as a framework to introduce readers towritings on key issues, such as faith, God, Jesus, creation, andsalvation 
Includes a new section on the Holy Spirit and increasedcoverage of contemporary theologyEncourages readers to interact with each text and to engagewith primary sourcesServes as an ideal companion to the bestselling textbook,Theology: The Basics, but can also be used as a concise,stand-alone reader

 Theology: The Basic Readings is an essential guideto the major topics in Christian theology.

A decent beginners readings for Christian theology.
This is a very good basic book for home scholars. It is organized differently from most books on basic theology, and this is nice because it gives a historical and doctrinal perspective. It is readable and holds one's interest on a subject that is often hard to follow. The author assumes the readers are not scolars and writes accordingly. Be sure to get his book on theological readings to go with it.
Amazing for someone looking for deep theological topics to discuss.
another school book. It is a hard read. I know it says The Basic readings but McGrath is extreamly well spoken and the terminology he uses is meant for academic reading.
We were very pleased!
I recommend this book.
Yesterday I featured Alister McGrath's Theology: The Basics 3rd ed. It is an excellent (I might even say unrivaled) introduction into the study of theology. The only thing it lacks is an equally helpful introduction to the key thinkers and shapers of Christian theology. But, that is precisely what he has provided in Theology: The Basic Readings 2nd ed. As with The Basics this text is meant to be an introduction to important documents in the church's history. McGrath has cut down the over 300 readings in his larger Christian Theology Reader into a shorter and more accessible reading.

He pairs the chapters and readings to correspond to the chapters in The Basics and the organization of each chapter follows historical progression (Patristics, Medieval, Reformation and Modern). Such an organization allows readers to track the refining of doctrine through history. It also humanizes the study of theology by connecting certain ideas with their authors. Historical Theology - as it's known - is of tremendous value to contemporary believers because, like nothing else, it forces us to recognize the hand of God on his people. It is pastors, teachers and lay-people which God uses to lead his people. He has used his people to lead them into truth and protect them from error.

Read alongside The Basics this book is an excellent introduction to theology and church history. The emphasis upon the readings places the focus upon the original authors themselves rather than McGrath's interpretation of those readings.

Just like The Basics it would make a great text to for sunday school or bible study. It would also serve well used as a text for introductory theology, historical theology or church history courses. Because it is a shorter version of McGrath's much longer Christian Theology Reader, it would only serve well as an introductory text. But, a great introductory text nonetheless.

NOTE: In accordance with the regulations of the Federal Trade Commission I would like to state that I received a complementary copy of the aforementioned text for the purposes of review. I was not required to furnish a positive review.