Summary

In this 36-lecture course, you'll find an engaging way to explore profound religious questions and the many responses believers, scholars, and theologians have developed over more than 2,000 years. Through this series, Professor Cary reveals the enduring power of the Christian tradition - as both an intellectual discipline and a spiritual path.
These lectures begin at the very dawn of Christianity, as you examine some of the earliest examples of scripture recorded by the first communities of the faithful. You'll see how, over the centuries, these teachings developed into the orthodox teachings of the mainstream church as well as the divergent doctrines taught by splinter groups branded as "heretics." You'll explore the causes and outcomes of the split between the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church during the Middle Ages and examine the explosion of the many Protestant groups that resulted from the Reformation in the 16th century. And finally, you'll come to the modern era, with a survey of the evolution of Christian thought in today's society - the ongoing story of how faith persists in an increasingly secularized world.
Each lecture illuminates the conceptual structure of Christian theology as it connects to spiritual practices such as prayer, worship, the use of sacraments, and the contemplation of religious icons. Through lucid and engaging explanations, they provide intriguing analyses of theological ideas in their unique historical, social, and biographical contexts to help you understand the power of each tradition within its particular time and place. The result is a sweeping survey that probes some of the most common questions about Christian faith over the centuries.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.
©2008 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2008 The Great Courses
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5 out of 5 stars
By Mark on 25-01-15

An excellent and enjoyable overview

What made the experience of listening to The History of Christian Theology the most enjoyable?

The lecturer obviously knows his subject and delivers the material clearly and enthusiastically.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Well obviously there aren't characters in this sort of book. I found the section on the different strands of protestant theology during the reformation most informative but the information on the Catholic response most thought provoking. Prof Cary was remarkably even handed throughout.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It's far too long for that and you need to take it in chunks to let the material settle into your memory. After I finished it I went straight back too replay some of the more important lectures.

Any additional comments?

I know quite a lot about this stuff so some of it was, for me, a little Theology 101, but still worth listening to. I think it only really suitable for those sympathetic to Christianity. An atheist listener may well find it all rather too bizarre to persevere with. For those who have an understanding of faith, particularly if they wish to know more about where other denominations than their own are coming from I highly reccomend it.

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4 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Dcl Bester on 14-03-18

Simply fantastic

Great scholarship and fascinating insights in an easy to listen to style. Highly recommended for those interested in history or theology.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Slinksterchic on 25-09-13

Been Waiting for This

This is a great course with a great professor. He covered a wide range of deep topics in an easy to understand way. I would definitely look for other courses by him. I also thought that he offered a number of fascinating insights about why these theological issues matter. My only criticism is that the course would be better titled History of Protestant Theology orbsomething- it does not cover Eastern Orthodox or Catholic theology past the point where Protestant history splits off, which was a little disappointing. Overall a GREAT course.

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14 of 14 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Brendan Copley on 28-11-13

Christian Theology through Protestant Eyes.

Where does The History of Christian Theology rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I would have to rate it quite high for it`s clarity, listenability and overall informative-balance.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The History of Christian Theology?

There were many insightful moments but my most memorable was the ending with reference to Hans Ur Von Balthasar.

What does Professor Phillip Cary bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

A warm human, informed and balanced connection.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

On one level yes, but on another level one sitting would not have enabled me to take it all in. I will definitely relisten to this book.

Any additional comments?

This is an excellent book for neophyte Protestants or for non-protestants interested in Protestantism and their view of Christian theology.

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