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A Cloud of Witnesses: An Introductory History of the Development of Christian Doctrine to 500 AD, New Revised Edition (Cistercian Studies series) [Paperback]

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Pages   235
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.7" Width: 5.79" Height: 0.52"
Weight:   0.63 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 2007
Publisher   Cistercian Publications
ISBN  0879072180  
EAN  9780879072186  

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First published in 1989, A Cloud of Witnesses has been completely rewritten to incorporate a multitude of minor amendments and a considerable amount of additional information. Like the first edition, it is intended as an introduction to the formative first five hundred years of the Christian theological tradition. In these pages the opinions and personalities of the Fathers of the Church that emerge are presented against the intellectual, social, and political world of their times, but since the book is only an introduction, the author presents the development of Christian doctrine in a rather more logical and cohesive manner than was the case in reality.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! David N. Bell is University Research Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at The Memorial University of Newfoundland. A graduate of the Universities of Leeds and Oxford, he has written on diverse subjects from the desert monastic tradition to the libraries of medieval and seventeenth century abbeys, taught courses in Asian as well as European religious traditions, and has translated works from Coptic, Greek, and Latin.

David N. Bell was born in 1943.

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A Good Text Gets Even Better!  Oct 12, 2008
By revising and republishing this text, the Cistercian Studies series has done a great favor for those who need a solid yet understandable introductory text. It it used in all of the introductory theology courses as Spring Hill College, and students usually admit that the chapters are interesting and easily digested. The style is predominantly narrative, and periods of great theological consternation are highlighted with accounts of interpersonal conflict and even a touch of intrigue (a la Nestorius vs Cyprian). David Bell does a good job of maintaining objectivity in these debates, opening the murky world of what we would now call "heterodoxy," but which earlier antagonists referred to as nothing short of "heresy." Entering the details with enough depth to preserve accuracy yet still maintaining the level of an introductory text, the author demonstrates that all theological fighting is not necessarily fair, nor is it always accurately remembered. It is, after all, questionable whether Nestorius was actually a Nestorian. And the Arianism of Arius didn't always match the Arianism of the Arians! From this text your students will get a richer understanding of the historical, social, and theologial process by way of which the great Christian doctrines emerged. A brief caveat: if you're in search of detailed footnotes to assist you in deeper research, this is not the text you need. Bell avoids footnotes in order to keep the chapters "short and sweet." That's why I prefer it for an introductory course on Christian theology. It's best understood as a starting point, but for the college freshman or freshlady, it's a great place to begin. It's also a terrific text for clergy or religious educators who wish to introduce the topic of doctrinal development to the good folks in the pews. I recommend it often to friends who work in pastoral or educational settings and they have confirmed my positive opinion of the text.

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