Historical Theology Made Easy – by C. Matthew McMahon


Everyone needs to understand where their beliefs came from in the history of the church. This work in the “made easy” series, covers all you need to know about Historical Theology in an easy to understand format!


Historical Theology Made Easy, by C. Matthew McMahon

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C. Matthew McMahon, Ph.D., Th.D., is a Reformed theologian, and pastor of Grace Chapel in Crossville, TN. He is the founder and chairman of A Puritan’s Mind, the largest Reformed website on the internet for students of the Bible concerning Reformed Theology, the Puritans and Covenant Theology. He is the founder of Puritan Publications which publishes rare Reformed and Puritan works from the 17th century, specializing in the Westminster Assembly. He is also a managing partner at Reformed.org, and the Center for Reformed Theology and Apologetics.

This work on historical theology follows key Christian beliefs chronologically discussing the most important movements and doctrinal developments for theology according to their historical appearance. Historical Theology Made Easy offers students of the Bible the opportunity to study the historical development of theology according to God’s providence throughout the history of the Christian church. This approach allows readers to concentrate practically on the development of Christian teachings and their formulation in the early church, through the Middle Ages, Reformation, post-Reformation and into the modern period. This book includes key primary sources citing quotes from Irenaeus, Augustine, Aquinas, Jonathan Edwards, Martin Luther, John Calvin, the godly Puritans, the Westminster divines, and many others. It makes historical theology, which is often overwhelming, easy to follow.

Table of Contents:

Introduction 8
Chapter 1: Truth 13
Chapter 2: Heresy 21
Chapter 3: The Setting of Christianity 46
Chapter 4: The Patristic Period and Apostolic Fathers 52
Chapter 5: The Greek Apologists 64
Chapter 6: Early Heresies of the Church 67
Chapter 7: Irenaeus 72
Chapter 8: Tertullian 76
Chapter 9: The School of Alexandria – Clement and Origin 78
Chapter 10: Western Theology 82
Chapter 11: Eastern Theology After Origen 86
Chapter 12: The Arian Controversy and the Council of Nicaea 88
Chapter 13: The Theology of Athanasius 92
Chapter 14: The Great Cappadocians 95
Chapter 15: Trinitarian Doctrine and Augustine 99
Chapter 16: The Beginnings of the Christological Controversies 104
Chapter 17: The Nestorian Controversy and the Council of Ephesus 108
Chapter 18: The Council of Chalcedon 110
Chapter 19: Truth or Error? 112
Chapter 20: The Theology of Augustine 115
Chapter 21: Theology Post-Augustine 123
Chapter 22: Side Study: Justification in the Early Church 125
Chapter 23: Canon and Creeds in the Patristic Period 145
Chapter 24: Side Study: The Pelagian Captivity of the Church 147
The History of Pelagianism and Semi-Pelagianism 148
Pelagian and Semi-Pelagian Theology 158
The Pelagian and Semi-Pelagian Captivity of the Evangelical Church 168
Conclusion 175
Chapter 25: The Middle Ages and the Renaissance: c. 500-1500 178
Chapter 26: Eastern Theology Between the 4th and 6th Ecumenical Councils 180
Chapter 27: The Carolingian Renaissance 182
Chapter 28: Monasticism in the Dark Ages 187
Chapter 29: The Renaissance of the Twelfth Century 196
Chapter 30: Eastern Theology until the 4th Crusade 200
Chapter 31: Theological Ideas During the Middle Ages 202
Some Notes on Ideas about God 202
Chapter 32: Introduction to the 13th Century 207
Chapter 33: The Dominican School and Thomas Aquinas 210
Chapter 34: Extreme Aristotelianism 213
Chapter 35: Eastern Theology to the Fall of Constantinople 214
Chapter 36: Theology in the later Middle Ages 216
Chapter 37: The Beginning of Reform 221
Chapter 38: The End and the Beginning 223
Chapter 39: The Theology of Martin Luther 226
Chapter 40: Ulrich Zwingli and the beginning of the Reformed Tradition 236
Chapter 41: Anabaptism and the Radical Reformation 241
Chapter 42: Lutheran Theology to the Formula of Concord 245
Chapter 43: The Reformed Theology of John Calvin 248
Chapter 44: The Continued Reformation in Great Britain 261
Chapter 45: Theology in the Roman Catholic Reformation 263
Chapter 46: Key Points of Theology Concerning the Reformation 267
Chapter 47: The Theology of Lutheranism 281
Chapter 48: Reformed Theology after Calvin to Puritanism 283
Chapter 49: Pietism 301
Chapter 50: A Change in Philosophy 306
Chapter 51: Princeton Theology 311
Chapter 52: Theology in the 19th Century 317
Chapter 53: Roman Catholic Theology to the First World War 324
Chapter 54: Eastern Theology and the 20th Century 326
Chapter 55: 20th Century Theological Ideas 327
Chapter 56: Fundamentalism 330
Chapter 57: Neo-orthodoxy 332
Chapter 58: Pentecostalism 334
Chapter 59: Evangelicalism 336
Chapter 60: Neo-liberalism 337
Chapter 61: Post-Vatican II Catholicism 339
Chapter 62: Eastern Orthodox Theology 341
Chapter 63: The Charismatic Movement 342
Chapter 64: The Theology of Hope 343
Chapter 65: Process Theology 349
Chapter 66: Secular Theology 351
Chapter 67: Theologies of Success 352
Chapter 68: The Vineyard Movement 354
Chapter 69: Feminist Theology 356
Chapter 70: Reconstructionist (Dominion) Theology 358
Chapter 71: The New Age Movement 360
Chapter 72: Creation Spirituality 362
Chapter 73: Recapping Modern Theology 364
Chapter 74: Theology Over the Last 150 Years 373
Chapter 75: Please Don’t Call Me an Evangelical 390
Chapter 76: A Resurgence of Reformation and Puritan Theology 397
Post Script 400