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The Christian Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrine, Volume 5: Christian Doctrine and Modern Culture (since 1700)
by Jaroslav Pelikan
University of Chicago Press, 1989
Cloth: 978-0-226-65378-5 | Paper: 978-0-226-65380-8 | eISBN: 978-0-226-02878-1

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Jaroslav Pelikan begins this volume with the crisis of orthodoxy that confronted all Christian denominations by the beginning of the eighteenth century and continues through the twentieth century in its particular concerns with ecumenism. The modern period in the history of Christian doctrine, Pelikan demonstrates, may be defined as the time when doctrines that had been assumed more than debated for most of Christian history were themselves called into question: the idea of revelation, the uniqueness of Christ, the authority of Scripture, the expectation of life after death, even the very transcendence of God.

"Knowledge of the immense intellectual effort invested in the construction of the edifice of Christian doctrine by the best minds of each successive generation is worth having. And there can hardly be a more lucid, readable and genial guide to it than this marvellous work."—Economist

"This volume, like the series which it brings to a triumphant conclusion, may be unreservedly recommended as the best one-stop introduction currently available to its subject."—Alister E. McGrath, Times Higher Education Supplement

"Professor Pelikan's series marks a significant departure, and in him we have at last a master teacher."—Marjorie O'Rourke Boyle, Commonweal

"Pelikan's book marks not only the end of a dazzling scholarly effort but the end of an era as well. There is reason to suppose that nothing quite like it will be tried again."—Harvey Cox, Washington Post Book World
AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY
Jaroslav Pelikan is Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
    Preface
    Primary Sources
    "Alas, Theology, Too"
    1. The Crisis of Orthodoxy East and West
    Apologia for the Church
    Investigations into Christian Doctrine
    The Doctrine of the Law and Grace
    A Devout and Holy Life
    2. The Objectivity of Transcendent Revelation
    Miracle, Mystery, and Authority
    The Contingent Truths of History
    Christological Dogma and the Historical Jesus
    The Essence of True Religion
    3. The Theology of the Heart
    The Affectional Transposition of Doctrine
    God and the Soul
    Evangelical Perfection
    The Experience of the Holy Spirit
    4. Foundations of the Christian World View
    The Reality of God
    Maker of Heaven and Earth
    The Divine Image
    The Progress of the Kingdom
    5. The Definition of Doctrine
    The Principle of Historical Mediation
    Inspiration and Infallibility
    The Consensus of Christian Tradition
    Dogma and Its Development
    6. The Sobornost of the Body of Christ
    The Renewal of Ecclesiology
    Theological Resources for Unity
    The Redemption of Society
    Lumen Gentium
    Selected Secondary Works
    Index: Biblical
    Index: General
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