Understanding Christian Doctrine introduces Christian theology in an accessible, informed, and systematic way. * A lively introduction to the central beliefs of Christianity, assuming no prior knowledge of theology and Christian doctrine * Explores doctrines such as incarnation, the Trinity, sin, life after death, and the end of the world, and growth areas such as spirituality * Encourages and shows readers how to take a position on these theological issues * Tackles questions that newcomers find particularly perplexing about the Christian worldview, including religion and science, religious pluralism, and the problem of evil * Includes numerous student-friendly features, including useful timelines, brief vignettes of major theologians, and a glossary * Written by internationally-regarded theologian, Ian S. Markham, who is the author of a number of textbooks in religion and theology.
Ian S. Markham is the Dean and President of Virginia Theological Seminary. He is also a Visiting Professor at Leeds Metropolitan University. Awards include the Robertson Fellow 2006, Teape Lecturer in India 2004, Claggett Fellow attached to Washington National Cathedral in 2000, and Frank Woods Fellow at Trinity College, Melbourne in 1997. He is the author and editor of twelve books, including A World Religions Reader, 2nd edition (Blackwell, 2000) and Do Morals Matter (Blackwell, 2006).