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Dr. Mark Frisius

Project Type

Honors Program project

Scholarship Domain(s)

Scholarship of Discovery, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Scholarship of Faith Integration

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

Historical Theology Survey Critique: Augustine of Hippo evaluates how current historical theology survey texts understand and present the theology of Augustine. The texts will be examined to assess the following: the accuracy of presentation on discussed topics, the specific theological topics which Augustine addressed which are excluded in the surveys, and if there is any discernible theological bias on the part of the authors. The historical theology surveys that are focused on within this research paper include Greg Allison’s Historical Theology: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine, Justo González’s A History of Christian Thought, and Alister McGrath’s Historical Theology: An Introduction to the History of Christian Thought. The three major topics that the study is oriented around are Augustine’s Trinitarian thought, The Donatist Controversy, and the Pelagian Controversy. The findings of this research present all traditions as favoring either Augustine’s biblical hermeneutic or his cultural context as more insightful in understanding and presenting his thought.

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Augustine of Hippo: A Historical Theology Evaluation

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Historical Theology Survey Critique: Augustine of Hippo evaluates how current historical theology survey texts understand and present the theology of Augustine. The texts will be examined to assess the following: the accuracy of presentation on discussed topics, the specific theological topics which Augustine addressed which are excluded in the surveys, and if there is any discernible theological bias on the part of the authors. The historical theology surveys that are focused on within this research paper include Greg Allison’s Historical Theology: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine, Justo González’s A History of Christian Thought, and Alister McGrath’s Historical Theology: An Introduction to the History of Christian Thought. The three major topics that the study is oriented around are Augustine’s Trinitarian thought, The Donatist Controversy, and the Pelagian Controversy. The findings of this research present all traditions as favoring either Augustine’s biblical hermeneutic or his cultural context as more insightful in understanding and presenting his thought.