Dan Stiver has crafted an engaging one-volume introduction to Christian beliefs, based on his experience teaching introductory theology courses. While describing how traditional theology came to be, he explains for both undergraduates and graduate students how theology is already a part of their life of faith.
As he examines traditional theological issues and such current topics as globalization and ecology, Stiver treats theology as a living, dynamic activity. Employing useful case studies, his groundbreaking approach helps students understand what theology is--and shows them that they are participants in creating an ongoing, vigorous theology that will remain at the center of their faith for the rest of their lives.
1. Introduction: Beginning the Journey
2. Prolegomena: Mapping the Journey
3. The Doctrine of Revelation: Lighting the Way
4. The Doctrine of God: The Beginning and the End
5. The Doctrine of Creation: The Beginning
6. The Doctrines of Humanity and Sin: Rising and Falling
7. The Doctrine of Christ: The Light of the Way
8. The Doctrine of Salvation: The Way
9. The Doctrine of the Church: Walking Together
10. The Doctrine of the Last Things: The End
Stiver's work is worthy to weigh down the bookshelves, backpacks, and hard drives of the emerging generation of theological students.~Charles J. Scalise, Professor of Church History, Fuller Theological Seminary
Stiver’s overarching image of theology as a journey is provocative and insightful.~Beth Newman, Professor of Theology and Ethics, Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond
This is an up-to-date introduction to theology fully aware of recent developments in hermeneutics and postmodernity, which is to say: language, meaning, knowledge, truth. Stiver not only provides a survey of the tradition but responds to present concerns, striking a good balance between communicating the heart of the classic tradition and addressing contemporary problems.~Kevin Vanhoozer, Research Professor of Systematic Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School