Saturday, November 07, 2009

The Breeze of the Centuries: Introducing Great Theologians - From the Apostolic Fathers to Aquinas (Mike Reeves, January 2010)


Mike Reeves lets slip some information about his next book in his interview with Martin Downes, out in January I can't wait to get my hands on: The Breeze of the Centuries: Introducing Great Theologians - From the Apostolic Fathers to Aquinas

"...it’s moronic to cut ourselves off from the wisdom and lessons of the bulk of the church. If we forget church history, we just leave ourselves victim to our zeitgeist... I’m hoping it can do something to rescue us from being prisoners of our age."


I know what I'll be spending my Christmas money on! Here's the blurb:

Is ‘newer’ really ‘better’? We often assume so, but if we do treat the past as inferior we will ignore the legacy of history, and thus will find ourselves stranded on the tiny desert island of our own moment in time. In particular, this applies to Christian theology, which should be thought, and lived, corporately by the church down through the ages.
The remedy to ‘chronological snobbery’ is, as C. S. Lewis put it, ‘to keep the clean sea breeze of the centuries blowing through our minds’. Such is the motivation behind Michael Reeves’ introduction to a selection of influential or significant Christian theologians.
This accessible and informative volume covers the Apostolic Fathers, Justin Martyr and Irenaeus, Athanasius, Augustine, Anselm and Aquinas. Each chapter begins with a brief biography and some background, then surveys each theologian’s major work or works, gives a timeline for historical context, and ends with guidance for further reading.


This is going to be a major help with the church history lectures I'm preparing to teach in March.

4 comments:

  1. Mike needs to be stronger with IVP about the cover designs they give his books!

    Content looks like it will be great though.

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  2. Cover probably could be better, but the content should triumph.

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  3. looking forward to getting this

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  4. Having heard some of it as UCCF staff conferences (mp3s at theology network) and read The Unquenchable Flame its a must read for 2010.

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