Learning Theology with the Church Fathers: The Clarity of Scripture

The early church fathers were great theologians though they did not think of themselves as such They were working pastors, involved in the daily life and leadership of their congregations Yet they were wrestling with many of the great and formative questions of the Christian faith, such as the Trinity, the incarnation, the providence of God and the nature of the church.The early church fathers were great theologians though they did not think of themselves as such They were working pastors, involved in the daily life and leadership of their congregations Yet they were wrestling with many of the great and formative questions of the Christian faith, such as the Trinity, the incarnation, the providence of God and the nature of the church These beliefs were defined in the crucible of spiritual leadership, pastoral care and theological conflict, all set against the background of the great cultural movements and events of their day For the church fathers, theology was a spiritual exercise woven into the texture of life What would it be like to sit under the preaching and instruction of these great men, to look over their shoulders as they thought and wrote, or to hear them debate theological issues Learning Theology with the Church Fathers offers us that experience With the same insight and love of his subject that he brought to Reading Scripture with the Church Fathers, Christopher A Hall opens the door on patristic theology Focusing on the great questions, we view these issues in their settings and find greater appreciation for the foundations and architecture of our Christian faith.
Learning Theology with the Church Fathers The Clarity of Scripture The early church fathers were great theologians though they did not think of themselves as such They were working pastors involved in the daily life and leadership of their congregations Yet they wer

  • Title: Learning Theology with the Church Fathers: The Clarity of Scripture
  • Author: Christopher A. Hall
  • ISBN: 9780830826865
  • Page: 147
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. In this work, Hall is attempting to trace the history of orthodox theology through the Church Fathers. His purpose is threefold: to broaden the reader’s perspective thereby guarding against extremes in theology, to introduce the reader to the deep thought processes of the Church Fathers creating an appreciation for their legacy, and to encourage the reader to contemplate and focus on the heart of Christian truth. Hall does this by first introducing a definition of a Church Father. He defines a [...]

    2. This is an excellent overview of key doctrines in Systematic Theology from an Early Church Fathers/Patristics view. As one who has only dabbled in the Early Church Fathers, this resource better acquainted with me on how to deepen my theological research utilizing the Church Fathers. While not intended to be a replacement for mainline Systematic Theology textbooks, for those advancing into higher degrees in Systematic Theology will benefit from reading this book to better discern how to go deeper [...]

    3. Hundreds of years and thousands of miles separate the twenty-first century American Christian from the world of the early church. This distance can leave one with a feeling of estrangement from the early church fathers, wondering if these men have any relevance for life today. Christopher A. Hall (Th.M. Regent College, Ph.D. Drew University) hopes to lead his readers to overcome that disconnectedness in a trilogy concerning the church Fathers . In the second volume, Learning Theology with the Ch [...]

    4. Excellent introduction for Western/evangelicals Christians. The author allows the fathers plenty of room to speak and offers a very good selection of fathers for his book. I would definitely suggest this for anyone completely oblivious as to who the Church Fathers were or for someone just being introduced to patristics and looking for a starter before diving into the actual patristic literature. The fathers offer us their wisdom and their experience from following Christ so we don't have to rein [...]

    5. This book is an overview of the theological insights of the early church fathers, written by an evangelical. The authors covers topics related to the Trinity and the Divinity of Christ and shows how various Church fathers approached each topic. He also provides an interesting overview of the controversies surrounding each topic at the time.

    6. A great, and clear, introduction to the central theological teachings of the Church fathers, covering all the major bases. The book is very well written and helpfully shows in many cases how understanding what the Fathers wrote can help us apply theology to the practical living of our current age.

    7. Good introduction to the fathers and encouraging to see them working out bedrock issues for the church--the Trinity, Scripture, sin, resurrection.

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