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Exploring Christian Heritage
A Reader in History and Theology
Edited by C. Douglas Weaver, Rady Roldán-Figueroa and Brandon Frick
Exploring Christian Heritage provides students and teachers with a rich and substantial introduction to the texts that have shaped the Christian faith. Including significant works penned by Augustine, Aquinas, Martin Luther, John Wesley, John Calvin, and Karl Barth, among others, this collection also highlights essential movements—from the second to the twentieth centuries—often glossed over in primary sources readers. From Pentecostalism and the Baptists to feminism and religious liberty movements, Exploring Christian Heritage succinctly integrates the most influential voices throughout Christian history and theology into one invaluable and accessible resource.
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"The long and varied history of the church presents a dilemma for professors and students alike; the former wish to display the riches of the Christian tradition while the latter want to get to the point. Exploring Christian Heritage ably accomplishes both tasks by presenting the key ideas in primary documents from a broad representation of leading thinkers. Outside of the classroom, this book provides pastors with a wealth of sermon illustrations and laypersons with a greater sense of belonging to the larger family of God."
—Anthony Chute, Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Church History, California Baptist University, Riverside, California
"The greatest strength of this excellent resource is the diversity of its sources. Not only are the standards included, but Exploring Christian Heritage provides a great variety of lesser known but necessary voices from the margin. The more voices, the better the history."
—Loyd Allen, McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University
"Exploring Christian Heritage meets a vital need for those who teach and study church history and theology. I highly recommend this book."
—W. Glenn Jonas, Charles B. Howard Professor of Religion and Chair of the Department of Religion, Campbell University
C. Douglas Weaver is Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Religion and Associate Professor of Religion at Baylor University. He is the author or editor of several books, including The Acts of the Apostles: Four Centuries of Baptist Interpretation.
Rady Roldán-Figueroa is Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity at the Boston University School of Theology and the author of The Ascetic Spirituality of Juan de Ávila (1499–1569).
Brandon Frick is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Religion at Baylor University.