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Christopher Ben Simpson tells the story of modern Christian theology against the backdrop of the history of modernity itself. Modern Christian Theology examines the many ways that theology became modern while seeing how modernity arose in no small part from theology. These intertwined stories progress through four parts, spanning from the beginnings of modernity in the late Middle Ages and progressing through the Protestant Reformation, the Enlightenments and awakenings of the eighteenth-century, the nineteenth-century, and through the twentieth-century’s crisis—covering each key personalities or movements from Karl Barth to the nouvelle théologie, liberation theology, and conservative Protestantism in America.
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This is a splendid survey: judicious, precise and generous; marvelously comprehensive and yet concise. Students of modern theology will be deeply indebted to Simpson.
—David Bentley Hart, contributing editor, First Things and fellow, Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Studies
This is the best, most up-to-date, attractive, incisive and well-informed elementary guide to modern theology now available. It has no current rivals.
—John Milbank, professor, University of Nottingham
Christopher Ben Simpson's book skilfully weaves together the manifold strands of modern Christian theology in a lively and readable manner that makes the subject approachable for the non-specialist. His broad, non-partisan approach shows how the story of Christian theology has always involved a range of often conflicting approaches and that this is likely to continue into the future - a good warning to those specialists insisting too loudly on the exclusiveness of their own claims.
—George Pattison, professor, University of Glasgow
Christopher Ben Simpson is professor of philosophical theology at Lincoln Christian University. Simpson is the author of Religion, Metaphysics and Postmodern, The Truth is the Way: Kierkegaard's Theologia Viatorum, Deleuze and Theology, and Merleau-Ponty and Theology.