Dan Stiver has crafted an engaging one-volume introduction to Christian beliefs, based on his experience teaching introductory theology courses. While describing how traditional theology came to be, he explains for both undergraduates and graduate students how theology is already a part of their life of faith. As he examines traditional theological issues and such current topics as globalization and ecology, Stiver treats theology as a living, dynamic activity. Employing useful case studies, his groundbreaking approach helps students understand what theology is--and shows them that they are participants in creating an ongoing, vigorous theology that will remain at the center of their faith for the rest of their lives.
Dan R. Stiver (Ph.D. Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the Cook-Derrick Professor of Theology at Logsdon School of Theology, Hardin-Simmons University. Stiver is the author of: The Philosophy of Religious Language: Sign, Symbol, and Story (1996) and Theology After Ricoeur: New Directions in Hermeneutical Theology (2001).
Preface Chapter 1. Introduction: Beginning the Journey 2. Prolegomena: Mapping the Journey 3. The Doctrine of Revelation: Lighting the Way 4. The Doctrine of God: The Beginning and the End 5. The Doctrine of Creation: The Beginning 6. The Doctrines of Humanity and Sin: Rising and Falling 7. The Doctrine of Christ: The Light of the Way 8. The Doctrine of Salvation: The Way 9. The Doctrine of the Church: Walking Together 10. The Doctrine of the Last Things: The End Bibliography