Taking the Long View: Christian Theology in Historical Perspective

Paperback | October 19, 2011

byDavid Steinmetz

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Taking the Long View argues in a series of engagingly written essays that remembering the past is essential for men and women who want to function effectively in the present - for without some knowledge of their own past, neither individuals nor institutions know where they have been or wherethey are going. The book illustrates its thesis with tough-minded examples from the Church's life and thought, ranging from more abstract problems like the theoretical role of historical criticism to such painfully concrete issues as the commandment of Jesus to forgive unforgivable wrongs.

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Taking the Long View argues in a series of engagingly written essays that remembering the past is essential for men and women who want to function effectively in the present - for without some knowledge of their own past, neither individuals nor institutions know where they have been or wherethey are going. The book illustrates its the...

David C. Steinmetz taught for nearly 40 years at the Divinity School of Duke University and as a Visiting Professor at Harvard, Emory, and Notre Dame. He is the founding editor of Oxford Studies in Historical Theology and has published widely in late medieval and Reformation theology, including several pioneering studies in the histor...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 5.98 × 9.02 × 0.39 inPublished:October 19, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. The Superiority of Pre-critical Exegesis2. Miss Marple Reads the Bible3. Inclusive Language and the Trinity4. Creator God5. Mary Reconsidered6. The Catholic Luther7. Starting Over: Reformation and Conversion8. Forgiving the Unforgivable Wrong9. The Domestication of Prophecy10. The Learned Ministry Revisited11. Marriage, Celibacy, and Ordination12. Christ and the Eucharist13. World Christianity under New Management14. Religion in the Public Square15. The Necessity of the Past16. Taking the Long View17. Concluding Notes for a Pilgrim People18. Appendix - Footnotes to an Old Complaint