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In this fully expanded and updated new edition, leading theologian Alister E. McGrath brings together key theological readings to provide a concise and balanced introduction to the Christian faith. Readings are drawn from a broad theological spectrum and includes both historical and contemporary, mainstream and cutting-edge approaches.

Provides an introduction and analysis of each reading, along with a helpful glossary.

Uses the Apostle's Creed as a framework to introduce readers to writings on key issues, such as faith, God, Jesus, creation, and salvation ?Includes a new section on the Holy Spirit and increased coverage of contemporary theology.

Encourages readers to interact with each text and to engage with primary sources.

Serves as an ideal companion to the bestselling textbook, Theology: The Basics, but can also be used as a concise, stand-alone reader.

Theology: The Basic Readings is an essential guide to the major topics in Christian theology.

©2012 Alister E. McGrath (P)2013 Audible Ltd

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  • 15-05-20

Curious reading

Distracted by the curious pronunciations of the reader - lititurgy? Hierararchical? Some names and theological words too. Distracting. Good overview by McGrath though.

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Dreadful theory, nonsensical logic and awful narration

This was dreadful, from start to finish. I bought this book hoping to find understanding about theology and Christianity, as someone who was educated under a loose family association with the Protestant Church, but who has since subjected the teachings to adult-level academic and philosophical challenge and found them to be nonsensical, fabricated, and without any logical or sensible arguments to defend the theories. The narrator of this book (American) is both dull and annoying, and I found it so very hard to persist. I did, however, as I wanted to push myself and my feelings on the topic/s. But honestly this person should not narrate anything. As for the content, well I was led to McGrath as the person who fought back against Dawkins... but I’ve found nothing of any substance.. whatsoever. The ongoing arguments for the main topics just seem to be made up to fit the particular problem presented, and become ever more fantastical. They are sometimes insulting in nature for those who are not only non-believers, but also for others who believe in different deities (the staring at the sun theory is, quite frankly, ridiculous). The whole book seems to rest on us just believing some texts and scripts, without question, and for justification/proof we are told to subscribe to the thoughts of later theologians.. just because we should. At no point is it addressed that these theologians may also have just simply made up their thoughts (with no evidence whatsoever) and been delighted to find that people believe them. I hoped for actual, proper, genuine levels of deep thought, especially from someone in such a prestigious academic institution in the UK. However, all I have found have been long ramblings, with no evidence, and no serious answers to the ‘big’ questions about evil, pain, heartache, loss and suffering.. nor the creation of life or matter divinely, aka ‘by magic’. I am disappointed by this book, as I was seeking a reintroduction to the religion from what I thought would be the UK expert.. but instead I’m left even further away than when I started. Avoid this dreadful text unless you are blind to other opinions, and are happy to believe things just because someone ‘influential’ wrote them.

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  • 24-07-13

An excellent book for introducing basic theology

An excellent book based upon the Apostle's Creed and explaining how Christians understood their beliefs. It is a book that explains how faith is built on understanding.

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  • 05-10-20

Thorough and orthodox

I liked that this was a comprehensive, historically relevant look at Christian theology. The author is certainly an expert and took on the most important topics. I didn’t like that the massive variety of perspective in the church was not displayed, although this may have been beyond the scope. The author gives questions for students to ponder throughout so anyone interested in engaging with theology as a student may find this useful.

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  • kyle miller
  • 12-09-20

Not quite what I hoped for.

The audio quality of this book is fine, the reader speaks clearly. I wish the content of the book spent more time on defining and introducing Theology as it suggests, instead of trying to disprove an atheistic or naturalist view of the world.

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  • Targuman
  • 09-09-20

Excellent work, distracting pronunciations.

McGrath is one of the four most theologians and historians of our time. This work is an excellent distillation of the major issues in Christian theology. The reader has an excellent voice, however she does not seem to be familiar with how to pronounce the relevant terms and names. She frequently mispronounces even very common phrases for those dealing in theology. And contrary to another reviewer, saying “Two Corinthians” is not an error but is the common practice in England.

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  • Kurtis Karr
  • 04-09-20

OK but has some issues

First off, when writing a professional book or article about philosophy or theology, one should not use the phrase, "begs the question", to mean anything other than a circular argument. It diminishes one's credibility. Second, eschatological is not pronounced, "eh-scatological", as funny as that may be. The narrator uses many 'creative' pronunciations of words throughout the book. While entertaining, it can be distracting. "Two" Corinthians is a classic.

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  • Timothy G Solomon
  • 15-07-20

wonderful introduction

Good reading Performance. Got the paper back for writing notes. Looking forward to McGrath Christian Theology: An Introduction, 6th Edition

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  • David Ecklund
  • 30-08-19

Unfortunate choice of reader for a good book

The reader does not have any tangible sense of reverence in her reading. She would, perhaps, do a great job in other genres, but it was very distracting when speaking of holy things. Four stars for the book. For the audiobook -- two or three.

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  • Evenson Household
  • 18-03-15

Great primer!

Excellent introduction to theology! I cannot wait to read the full "Christian Theology", and the companion reader. Thank you regards