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Inter-Varsity Press The Story of Christian Theology: Twenty Centuries of Tradition & Reform

In This panoramic work of historical theology, Roger Olson vividly recounts the deeds and words of the apostolic fathers of the second century, the clash between the theological schools of Alexandria and Antioch, the epochal division between East and West, the revolutionary advent of the Reformation and much more -- right on up to the dazzling, sometimes dismaying fallout that has continued to shake Christians through the twentieth century. Through it all he highlights a common thread: a concern for salvation -- God's redemptive activity in forgiving and transforming sinful human beings.
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Consider Olson's Book for a Bible Study Group

Date:September 11, 2012
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Lachlan Galbraith
Location:Scottsdale, AZ
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Professor Roger Olson's book may be considered by some appropriate only for collegiate and seminary study; however, his narrative format and lucid style has made this book a very successful study text for a men's bible study group at our church. We had grown tired of simplistic guides for bible studies. The men have been meeting for several years and wanted a more challenging experience but one that was, in its conceptual load, manageable for all participants as some do not have any college experience. We particularly appreciated, as this is a Lutheran bible study group, the author's objective, fair assessments of theological traditions that depart from his own doctrinal commitments (Classical Arminian; Baptist). We also were able to use a web site, not affiliated with the author, called the Good Egg Bible Study that has correlated questions for every chapter in his book. Based on our experience, we would encourage adult educators in a church setting to offer short courses based on consecutive segments of the text in conjunction with the class discussion questions available at the Good Egg site. We went through the entire book, but we spent several months accomplishing this.
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Readable and relevant - insightful and inspiring.

Date:March 3, 2012
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Brenda
Location:Lakewood, WA
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This book is readable and relevant, inspiring and insightful - a worthwhile journey. It flows through history, introducing intriguing individuals who God used to shape and shield His revelations into the theology that we often take for granted today. It is a testimony to God’s presence throughout history, revealing Himself in profound ways at strategic junctures and in historically significant events in church history. I found comfort and confirmation that while God involves people in the implementation of His plans – He doesn’t rely on them. In the annals of our Church history, we discover his truth endures and is promulgated not because of our success, piety or skill – but despite it. God truly gets the glory as we see His truth prevail despite human failings and frailties amidst the onslaught of a determined and merciless demonic attack. I savored each chapter, appreciating the efforts of those who boldly wrestled with weighty issues and sought clarification of difficult theological concepts – with a true understanding of what is at stake. The enemy has not slackened his efforts to deceive and destroy and we are not unaware of his snares, as revealed in this book we see the heretical imposters that continue to reinvent themselves even as God utilizes men and events to defend His plan for salvation and declare the truth that unifies the Body of Christ.
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Review 3 for The Story of Christian Theology: Twenty Centuries of Tradition & Reform
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Date:August 12, 2010
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Rick
Olson provides an extensive and engaging treatment of the subject by connecting the significant developments of the past with the modern consequences that they engendered or with qualitatively similar movements today. He omits tedious particulars but retains just enough anecdotes to make the numerous characters in this story both real and accessible. At times, he appears to contradict (or modify) his own explanations when revisiting a topic, and occasionally, I disagreed with his conclusions (e.g., female apostles in the early church!?), but overall, he provides a unique perspective that is much appreciated and worth considering.
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Date:December 1, 2009
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James Fisher
As one who has studied Church History and theology for years, this book is right on. I love how the book moves through the different time periods in order. This way, one can get a real understanding as how we got to where we are today. A must for all personal liberies.
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Date:August 11, 2007
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Greg W.
A phenomenal intro to the subject. The author lays out both the "what" and the "why" behind every major development in Christian theology.
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Date:August 6, 2007
Likely the best book I've found on this subject. Here you will be given a inside view at our Christian heritage - from its most humble beginnings, through is ecclesiastical power to the Reformation and nearly into our present century. You may be surprised at the many twists and turns that provide you today with the detailed doctrines you hold. You may be surprised at how quickly one theologian could turn from Orthodox doctrine to Heresy. But mostly, you may find how little you knew about the Christian history, of its theology, its doctrines, its church government - and all this written with all readers in mind.Without our history, we are naught!
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Date:May 10, 2007
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Douglas K Dryden
I have an abiding interest in the subject that Dr Olson covers so extensively, & I have taught a course on this topic for several years. This is without a doubt the best book on the development of Christian theology that I have ever read, & I just finished my fourth reading of the book. Dr Olson deals with not just the history but the rationale of the developments, including modern parallels that show that practically all the theological development, orthodox or otherwise, is still with us in various guises. This is very readable yet thoroughly researched work, & I most strongly recommend it.
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Review 8 for The Story of Christian Theology: Twenty Centuries of Tradition & Reform
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Date:October 16, 2001
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Bob
Perhaps the clearest treatment available in modern English. A clear and concise narrative (given the breath of material covered) that provides a satisfying level of detail.
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Review 9 for The Story of Christian Theology: Twenty Centuries of Tradition & Reform
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Date:September 22, 2001
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Randy Connett
Not a book to pick up & fly through, but one I've really enjoyed. Very thorough discussion of church history from a different perspective. This book has really made me think & examine my own beliefs. Excellent resource for systematic theology & Bible study classes who may want to understand how and why mainline doctrines are as they are, and gives a new appreciation to the depth of thought which has been devoted to Biblical issues over the centuries.
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