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The Christian Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrine, Vol. 3: The Growth of Medieval Theology (600-1300) [Paperback]

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Pages   364
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.05" Width: 5.89" Height: 0.79"
Weight:   1.05 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 15, 1980
Publisher   University Of Chicago Press
ISBN  0226653757  
EAN  9780226653754  

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Volume 3 continues Pelikan's splendid work as part of his five-volume history of the development of Christian doctrine. This volume is based on a most meticulous examination of medieval authorities and the growth of medieval theology covering the years 600-1300. Designed for the academic scholar. 333 pages in softcover by The University of Chicago Press, 1978.

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"A magnificent history of doctrine."--"New York Review of Books"
"In this volume Jaroslav Pelikan continues the splendid work he has done thus far in his projected five-volume history of the development of Christian doctrine, defined as 'what the Church believes, teaches, and confesses on the basis of the word of God.' The entire work will become an indispensable resource not only for the history of doctrine but also for its reformulation today. Copious documentation in the margins and careful indexing add to its immense usefulness."--E. Glenn Hinson, "Christian Century"
"This book is based on a most meticulous examination of medieval authorities and the growth of medieval theology is essentially told in their own words. What is more important, however, then the astounding number of primary sources the author has consulted or his sovereign familiarity with modern studies on his subject, is his ability to discern form and direction in the bewildering growth of medieval Christian doctrine, and, by thoughtful emphasis and selection, to show the pattern of that development in a lucid and persuasive narrative. No one interested in the history of Christianity or theology and no medievalist, whatever the field of specialization, will be able to ignore this magnificent synthesis."--Bernhard W. Scholz, "History"
"The series is obviously the indispensable text for graduate theological study in the development of doctrine, and an important reference for scholars of religious and intellectual history as well. . . . Professor Pelikan's series marks a significant departure, and in him we have at last a master teacher."--Marjorie O'Rourke Boyle, "Commonweal

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Why can't I just rate the 5 volumes together.  Jan 10, 2007
All of them get 5 stars. You wanna know why? Read the books.
A tapestry of medieval theology  Jan 6, 2007
This third volume of Dr. Pelikan's history of the Christian Tradition is, as expected, yet another treasure-trove of knowledge and scholarship. It is full of surprises and detailed analysis of the various theological controversies of the years between 600 and 1300 in the West. However, this volume wasn't as apprehensible or as satisfying for me as the first volume dealing with the Early Church. Since I would be more willing to question my own understanding than Pelikan's exposition, I believe this work merits a second reading. Still, for me, the real significance of medieval theology remains a mystery.

I suppose the greatest surprise of this volume was the theological diversity of an age that is usually mislabeled as monolithic and intellectually stagnant. Pelikan details the various controversies over such things as grace/free will, the Real Presence, church authority, Mary, salvation, etc. that took place during the darkest of the Dark Ages. However, because of the lacunae of historical context, it is unclear to me whether the theological dissidents actually had any influence or following in the church as a whole or were merely lone cranks whose theories were debated and discarded in the isolation of the monasteries or universities. We are given the various sides of a debate without being told how they were resolved by the Church. Perhaps a reading of the volume on the Reformation will reveal what influence, if any, these medieval controversies had on future religious developments, but because Pelikan rarely informs us about what the church- as an authority- actually_taught_during this period, I am left ignorant about what effect these debates actually had on the medieval church and the development of doctrine. Though he does mention one or two councils that condemned a certain theologian's theories, it seems like this book is more of a survey of questions raised than questions resolved and doctrines defined. I wanted to know what gospel the church- under the authority of Popes and bishops- was promulgating as truth during the Middle Ages, but I didn't get it. Still, this volume is a fascinating overview of intellectual ferment in the medieval church.
Very comprehensive reference  Jul 24, 2001
Jaroslav Pelikan, once again, provides readers with a thorough, pluralistic view of the major theological thoughts and innovations of the period. The work, which thankfully does not ignore the Eastern church and therefore gives a truly comprehensive picture, is based on quotations from major theologians, and neither is speculative nor dilutes the writings by trying to fit them into a modern mold.

This book is a superb reference for students of theology and history, and definitely "fills in the blanks" for anyone with a limited view of medieval theology. Pelikan's writing is surprisingly readable, though it is sometimes cumbersome to have to keep checking the "marginalia" and separate listing of sources to ascertain who wrote what. It is purely a scholarly work, and not likely to please those looking for engaging narratives, but is invaluable for those with a serious interest in the subjects.

Both the "What" and the "Why" of Christian Doctrine  Aug 31, 2000
Pelikan's "The Christian Tradition" is a remarkable series that describes the manner in which Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox christians have interpreted the teaching of Jesus and the manner in which the doctrines of this "one, holy, catholic and apostolic" faith developed and diverged over twenty centuries. Thus, one learns not only what the various christian churches teach today but how and why these teachings differ. While scholarly, "The Christian Tradition" is clearly written and readable. Highly recommended.

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