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SCM Studyguide: Christian Doctrine

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Publisher: SCM Press
ISBN-13: 9780334043249
Published: 01/04/2010
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The SCM Studyguide Christian Doctrine engages readers by developing theological conversations between his or her own 'ordinary theology', on the one hand, and the theological resources of ecclesiastical and academic theology, on the other. Students get a clear view of the wide canvas of Christian doctrine, including a range of different theological positions. This study of doctrine helps those who are seeking a form of Christian thinking and spirituality - and possibly ministry - that is true to their own lives, and takes their own hesitations and doubts seriously. Each chapter is broken up into sections and interspersed with boxes which introduce pertinent extracts from classical and contemporary theologians, together with short exercises or aids to reading these texts, or provide explanations of technical theological terms. Each chapter has questions for reflection and/or discussion, together with suggestions for further reading.

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" I've just read Jeff Astley's new book on Doctrine in the SCM Studyguide series (aimed at undergraduate level 1). I wish it had been around when I was starting out! It is clearly the fruit of someone practiced at teaching doctrine.
It aspires to encourage the reader to engage in "theological conversations between their more 'ordinary theology', on the one hand, and the varied resources of ecclesiastical and academic theology". I believe that it will succeed in this aim. Its combination of deceptively simple exercises, which enable reflection on profound theological themes without going near academic theological jargon, and bite sized nuggets of clearly explained academic theology should lead to many fruitful conversations between tutors and students (and may be appropriated outside the classroom)."
Tim Ling, Friday Mailing, May 2010

Astley's introductory text to theology is a masterpiece of clarity and an excellent contribution to the SCM ‘Studyguide’ series. This book will make an excellent beginners' text – the purpose for which it was designed – but also a useful basis for more advanced discussion groups of what Astley is pleased to call ‘ordinary theologians’, being the non-specialist Christian thinker whether lay or ordained. And, for many ordained, this book provides a helpful refresher and a useful reference. Well done SCM.

Douglas Pratt, University of Bern, Switzerland & University of Waikato, New Zealand

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Jeff Astley

Jeff Astley is Director of the North of England Institute for Christian Education, and an honorary professor in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University.

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