Roger Olson provides us with a concise, lively and readable history of evangelical theology.
Finding its antecedents in early Pietism of the late seventeenth century, Olson traces its development through the revivalism in Great Britain and America in the eighteenth century from its roots within Puritanism, Wesleyanism and the Great Awakening.
Olson then takes us forward in time as he considers evangelicalism in its connection with the Old Princeton theology, Holiness-Pentecostalism and fundamentalism, tracing its course to our contemporary context.
Great as a reference book, a refresher course or for use in introductory theology classes.
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Part I. Introduction
1. Toward a Definition of Evangelicalism
Part II. The Roots of Evangelical Theology
2. The Roots of Evangelical Theology in Pietism
3. The Revivalist Roots of Evangelical Theology
4. The Puritan Roots of Evangelical Theology
5. The Wesleyan Roots of Evangelical Theology
6. The Crucible of Modern Evangelical Theology in the Great Awakenings
7. Old Princeton Theology and Evangelical Theology
8. Holiness Pentecostalism and Evangelical Theology
9. Fundamentalism and Evangelical Theology
Part III. Postfundamentalist Evangelical Theology
10. Introducing Postfundamentalist Evangelical Theology
11. Carl F. H. Henry: Dean of Evangelical Theologians
12. E. J. Carnell: Apologist for Evangelical Theology
13. Bernard Ramm: Moderate Evangelical Theologian
14. Donald Bloesch: Progressive Evangelical Theologian
15. Postconservative Evangelical Theology
Part IV. Conclusion
16. Tensions in Evangelical Theology