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  • Publisher: Crossway Books
  • Publication Date: October 2019
  • ISBN: FORTLUGA____THEOLOGICALRETRIEVAL9781433565267

Theological Retrieval for Evangelicals: Why We Need Our Past to Have a Future

Ortlund, Gavin

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Evangelicalism is not commonly known for mining the rich theological heritage handed down from previous generations. Instead, it tends to follow what, in the worst cases, can look like a "me and my Bible" approach to theology. But lately there has been a restlessness among evangelicals--an aching for theological rootedness that has led some to abandon Protestantism altogether. This book aims to set forth a vision for how engaging historical theology can enrich and strengthen the church today--and highlight how it can be done without abandoning a Protestant identity. By addressing two key doctrines--the doctrines of God and the atonement--and drawing from neglected theologians--Boethius, Gregory the Great, and John of Damascus--this book charts a course for evangelicals eager to draw from the past to meet the challenges of the present.

What Happens When Doctrine Suffers from Historical Amnesia

Why You Should Read This Obscure Old Book about Pastors

Why Modern Christians Should Stay Hitched to Church History

Why Protestantism Didn’t Start with the Reformation

History: Stranger than Fiction

 

Table of Contents:

Preface

Part 1: A Manifesto for Theological Retrieval

1. Can Evangelicals Retrieve Patristic and Medieval Theology?

2. Why Evangelicals Need Theological Retrieval

3. Benefits and Perils of Theological Retrieval

Part 2: Case Studies in Theological Retrieval

4. Explorations in a Theological Metaphor: Boethius, Calvin, and Torrance on the Creator/Creation Distinction

5. God Is Not a Thing: Divine Simplicity in Patristic and Medieval Perspective

6. Substitution as Both Satisfaction and Recapitulation: Atonement Themes in Convergence in Irenaeus, Anselm, and Athanasius

7. Cultivating Skill in the “Art of Arts”: Gregory the Great on Pastoral Balance

General Index
Scripture Index

Gavin Ortlund (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) serves as senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Ojai in Ojai, California. He is the author of Anselm's Pursuit of Joy and Retrieving Augustine's Doctrine of Creation.
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Evangelicalism is not commonly known for mining the rich theological heritage handed down from previous generations. Instead, it tends to follow what, in the worst cases, can look like a "me and my Bible" approach to theology. But lately there has been a restlessness among evangelicals--an aching for theological rootedness that has led some to abandon Protestantism altogether. This book aims to set forth a vision for how engaging historical theology can enrich and strengthen the church today--and highlight how it can be done without abandoning a Protestant identity. By addressing two key doctrines--the doctrines of God and the atonement--and drawing from neglected theologians--Boethius, Gregory the Great, and John of Damascus--this book charts a course for evangelicals eager to draw from the past to meet the challenges of the present.

What Happens When Doctrine Suffers from Historical Amnesia

Why You Should Read This Obscure Old Book about Pastors

Why Modern Christians Should Stay Hitched to Church History

Why Protestantism Didn’t Start with the Reformation

History: Stranger than Fiction

 

Table of Contents:

Preface

Part 1: A Manifesto for Theological Retrieval

1. Can Evangelicals Retrieve Patristic and Medieval Theology?

2. Why Evangelicals Need Theological Retrieval

3. Benefits and Perils of Theological Retrieval

Part 2: Case Studies in Theological Retrieval

4. Explorations in a Theological Metaphor: Boethius, Calvin, and Torrance on the Creator/Creation Distinction

5. God Is Not a Thing: Divine Simplicity in Patristic and Medieval Perspective

6. Substitution as Both Satisfaction and Recapitulation: Atonement Themes in Convergence in Irenaeus, Anselm, and Athanasius

7. Cultivating Skill in the “Art of Arts”: Gregory the Great on Pastoral Balance

General Index
Scripture Index

Gavin Ortlund (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) serves as senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Ojai in Ojai, California. He is the author of Anselm's Pursuit of Joy and Retrieving Augustine's Doctrine of Creation.
  • Cover Type:
  • 224 Pages
  • Publisher: Crossway Books
  • Publication Date: October 2019
  • ISBN: FORTLUGA____THEOLOGICALRETRIEVAL9781433565267