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The Christian Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrine, Volume…

by Jaroslav Pelikan

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This is the fifth and final installment in Pelikan's magisterial series on the history of Christian doctrine.

This volume as all previous volumes is well-researched and masterfully written. The author clearly has a broad understanding of the issues which he discusses.

Unfortunately the last volume is a bit disappointing. Pelikan does well with the topics he chooses to discuss-- matters of unity over the past century, issues of belief in God, the value of tradition, and so on and so forth, but in so doing almost entirely abandons discussion of many of the previous lines of thought that were put forth in previous volumes. Furthermore, American doctrinal developments are passed over in almost complete silence.

It is recognized that the amount of ground to cover over the past 300 years is vast, yet in the end, I was hoping for more about what was already discussed. Regardless, still an excellent work that is worthy of consideration. ( )
  deusvitae | Jan 8, 2009 |
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This fifth and final volume of The Christian Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrine chronicles the development of Christian doctrine from 1700 to the Second Vatican Council (1962-65).
Like its predecessors, this volume narrates the history of the development of church doctrine—of "what the church has believed, taught, and confessed on the basis of the word of God." Pelikan begins this volume with the crisis of orthodoxy that confronted all the Christian denominations by the beginning of the eighteenth century. He then proceeds to examine the challenges by the Enlightenment and by Pietism to the authority of the church and its dogma, and the twentieth-century preoccupation with ecumenism.
Pelikan characterizes the modern period in the history of Christian doctrine as the time when the 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. It was also a time when the relation among the three terms "confess, believe, and teach," with which the first volume of this work defined Christian doctrine, was basically revised: theologians often "confessed" more than they "believed," perhaps more than they "taught."
The history of Western philosophy, political thought, literature, and art during the past two millennia is incomprehensible without an awareness of the evolution of the principal themes of Christian doctrine. With the completion of this monumental work, Jaroslav Pelikan makes a significant and lasting contribution to our understanding of Western culture.
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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

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