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Issues in Contemporary Christian Thought: A Fortress Introduction

Author: 
Duane Olson (Author)
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Description

Duane Olson's new textbook uniquely focuses on the central points at issue in contemporary Christian reflection. Olson's clear and concise overview roots contemporary questions firmly in Christian responses to the Enlightenment. This allows Olson to unfold those questions as bequeathed by modernity and to show how the radical reframing of the current period actually builds on the diversity of those lingering concerns.

Olson discusses the range of contemporary opinions, their rationales, and what's at stake. He illustrates these alternate frameworks as they play out in central concerns over the being of God in relation to the universe, how to understand the figure of Christ today, and the distinctively new notions of being human. Olson's text includes reflection and research questions, suggestions for further reading, and a glossary.

ISBN: 
9780800696658
Price: 
$25.00
Release date: 
April 1, 2011
Pages: 
312
Width: 
5.50
Height: 
8.50

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Endorsements

"For anyone interested in how Christianity got to where it is today and where it might be going in the future, Duane Olson provides a well–written and compelling roadmap through the labyrinth of competing theological perspectives. Beginning with how the Enlightenment shaped modern consciousness and ending with some of the most intractable contemporary problems and concerns, Olson offers an account of modern Christianity that shows with admirable clarity the fault lines and tensions found in Christian faith today."
—Jeffrey C. Pugh
Maude Sharpe Powell Professor of Religious Studies
Elon University


"To write a broadly accessible book covering all the bases of systematic theology and attending to the problems of the Enlightenment takes more than good intentions—it takes deep insight and a strong aversion to jargon and non–essentials. Olson shows healthy doses of both in this welcome addition to a valuable series."
—Derek R. Nelson
Associate Professor of Religion
Thiel College