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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Early Modern Theology

As I have often noted on here, we are living in a happy period when major publishers of "handbooks of" or "companions to" or other comparable anthologies treating some Christian theme, period, or topic, can no longer blithely overlook the East. Today inclusion of chapters treating Eastern Christianity are de rigueur, and rightly so.

This is true of another such collection released a few months ago: The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Theology, 1600-1800, eds.Ulrich L. Lehner, Richard A. Muller, and A.G. Roeber (Oxford UP, 2016), 688pp.

One of the editors, A.G. Roeber, is himself Orthodox and was interviewed on here several years ago. He contributes one of several chapters treating the East or themes closely connected to the East, as here:

30) Western Theologies and Judaism in the Early Modern World - Stephen G. Burnett
31) Western Theologies and Islam in the Early Modern World - Emanuele Colombo
32) The Churches of the East and the Enlightenment - Dimitrios Moschos
33) Orthodox Influences on Early Modern Western Theologies - A.G. Roeber

About this book the publisher further tells us:
The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Theology, 1600-1800 offers a comprehensive and reliable introduction to Christian theological literature originating in Western Europe from, roughly, the end of the French Wars of Religion (1598) to the Congress of Vienna (1815). 
Using a variety of approaches, the contributors examine theology spanning from Bossuet to Jonathan Edwards. They review the major forms of early modern theology, such as Cartesian scholasticism, Enlightenment, and early Romanticism; sketch the teachings of major theological concepts, along with important historical developments; introduce the principal practitioners of each kind of theology and delineate their particular theological contributions and stresses; and depict the engagement by early modern theologians with other religions or churches, such Judaism, Islam, and the eastern Church. 
Combining contributions from top scholars in the field, this will be an invaluable resource for understanding a complex and varied body of research

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