“Historical Theology” by Gregg R. Allison

Gregg Allison’s Historical Theology: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011) was released last week. I tweeted almost immediately after my pre-ordered copy (I ordered it in January) finally arrived in a cardboard box with the ‘smiley’ face on the side.

(Yes, I get very excited when a 700-plus page historical theology arrives at the house…just ask my wife! Its embarrassing.)

I have flipped through and have read a couple of the chapters. Very readable. Allison organizes his material around traditional doctrines, whereas most historical theologies trace the development of doctrine chronologically. Allison’s approach is helpful as a “go-to” resource for searching the history of a particular doctrine (e.g. the Trinity, the doctrine of scripture, final judgment, etc.). For a very accessible chronological presentation of historical Christian beliefs I recommend, The Story of Christian Theology, by Roger E. Olson.

Andy Naselli today posted an outline of the first chapter of Allison’s tome with the “Eight Benefits of Historical Theology.”

You can download a 17-page pdf of the first chapter, “Introduction to Historical Theology” here.


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