Theology: Introduction

A Pattern in the Chaos
Christian thought in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries goes in many directions:
sacramentalist, fundamentalist, revisionist, radical, secular, traditional, missionary, indigenous, syncretist, isolationist, multicultural, patriotic, high-tech, low-tech, modern, premodern, postmodern, and more.
Yet a stable theological core ('the great tradition', 'orthodoxy', etc.) and longstanding debates characterize worldwide Christian faith.
Analysts lend coherence to any era by sorting, generalizing, and typifying;
but this environment resists generalities (and does not uniformly deserve our full attention anyway).
We will concentrate on highlights of classic and contemporary Christian theology, focusing on matters of particular concern to evangelicals.