has long been a need for a comprehensive but truly introductory single-authored
textbook in theology. By introducing the reader to the biblical, doctrinal and
contemporary dimensions of Christianity with the help of illustrated examples
from selected primary texts, the book provides an excellent grounding in
theology for both students of the discipline and the general reader. The work
explores key 'tools' for the scientific study of theology, endeavoring both to
affirm the rationale behind Christian thinking, and also to familiarize the
reader with significant contrary positions. The solid foundations in biblical
theology and hermeneutics given in the book will enable students to read
Judeo-Christian scripture intelligently. Key testimonies regarding Jesus Christ
are scrutinized and the nature of the New Testament discussed. As well as the
emergence of doctrinal orthodoxy and the later disagreements which have shaped
contemporary Christianity, the reader will become familiar with the dimensions
of current Christian thinking in its dialogue with post-modernity.
This new edition will include an additional chapter examining Spirituality, and a series of podcasts for each chapter.