This comprehensive survey is the ideal introduction to the thinkers and writers who have shaped Christian history and Western Culture - as well as to the major works and movements they generated. From the first century to the 20th, from Palestine via Europe to Asia and Africa, the book covers over 125 people, documents and councils. Each thinker is introduced with a brief summary, and key quotations are included from their work. This completely revised edition has been expanded to include introductions to more recent theologians such as John Hick, George Lindbeck and John Milbank.
"Praise for the first edition: 'This is a book which will prove exceptionally useful, not only to students, but to all those Christians...who know many of the names of the great Christian thinkers of past and present, but, in many cases, have only the vaguest impression of what they actually thought.... Each period has a brief scene-setting introduction, and each thinker is not only described but also quoted - a valuable feature because even a brief paragraph gives the reader something of the 'flavour' of the man's work' Richard Bauckham, Professor of New Testament, St Andrews University, in Third Way."