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Placher, William C. (William Carl) 1948-2008

Overview
Works: 54 works in 138 publications in 2 languages and 9,293 library holdings
Genres: History  Popular works  Commentaries  Creeds 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: BT21.2, 230
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Most widely held works by William C Placher
A history of Christian theology : an introduction by William C Placher( Book )

10 editions published between 1983 and 2013 in English and held by 1,130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A History of Christian Theology offers a concise yet complete chronicle of the whole history of Christian theology, from its background in the history of Israel to the various modes of liberation theology in the late 20th century [Publisher's website]
Types of Christian theology by Hans W Frei( Book )

9 editions published between 1992 and 2011 in English and held by 604 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Hans W. Frei (1922-88) was one of the most important American theologians of his generation. This book makes available the work in which he was engaged during the last decade of his life. Based on his 1983 Shaffer Lectures at Yale University and his 1987 Cadbury Lectures at the University of Birmingham, it presents Frei's reflections on issues and options in contemporary Christian theology, especially on the relation of theology to biblical interpretation and on the place of theology as an academic tradition." "In this book, Frei proposes classifying theologians according to whether they see Christian theology primarily as an academic discipline or as an internal activity of Christian communities. He describes five variations of these views. The first, represented by Immanuel Kant and Gordon Kaufman, regards theology as a philosophical discipline within the academy. The second, represented by theologians as diverse as Wolfhart Pannenberg, David Tracy, and Carl Henry, correlates specifically Christian cultural structures of meaning with general ones. The third type, represented by Friedrich Schleiermacher and Paul Tillich, occupies the middle of the spectrum. The fourth type, represented by Karl Barth, emphasizes the internal descriptive task of theology but remains open to ad hoc correlations with concerns of the wider culture. The fifth, which includes D.Z. Phillips and other Wittgensteinian fideists, opts for pure self description, though this group defends its position with philosophical arguments that, oddly enough, connect it with the other end of the spectrum. Frei argues in favor of the third and fourth options. In his view, theologians like Schleiermacher, and even more, Barth--although often seen as polar opposites--enable theology to remain most faithful to the priority of the ecumenically attested literal sense in biblical interpretation."--Jacket
Readings in the history of Christian theology( Book )

2 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 545 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Volume 1: William C. Placher compiles significant passages written by the most important Christian thinkers through the early sixteenth century. It contains excerpts preceded by the author's illuminating introductions so that the book can stand alone as a coherent history. Rather than institutional history, the book focuses on ideas presented from an ecumenical perspective
Unapologetic theology : a Christian voice in a pluralistic conversation by William C Placher( Book )

10 editions published between 1989 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 528 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The domestication of transcendence : how modern thinking about God went wrong by William C Placher( Book )

6 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 471 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William Placher looks at "classical" Christian theology (Thomas Aquinas, John Calvin, Martin Luther) and contrasts it with the Christian discourse about God that evolved in the seventeenth century. In particular, he deals with the notion of transcendence that gained prominence in this era and its impact on modern theology and modern thinking today. He persuasively argues that useful lessons can be drawn from premodern thinking about God, especially when viewed within the context of contemporary objections to it. This reexamination, according to Placher, has practical and profound implications for modern theology
Essentials of Christian theology( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 376 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Presenting two dialoguing essays on each of nine foremost theological questions, William Placher has provided an introductory reader in theology, giving a discussion of the history and current state of each doctrinal issue, he allows the essays to explore and raise questions about their key elements - and the contemporary issues confronting them."--Jacket
Theology and narrative : selected essays by Hans W Frei( Book )

11 editions published in 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 351 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a collection of essays by the late Protestant theologian Hans Frei, on the subject of biblical interpretation. The volume includes notes and comments in the hope of making Frei's views more accessible to theological students and scholars
Jesus the Savior : the meaning of Jesus Christ for Christian faith by William C Placher( Book )

5 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Narratives of a vulnerable God : Christ, theology, and scripture by William C Placher( Book )

8 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in English and held by 335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Callings : twenty centuries of Christian wisdom on vocation( Book )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Callings gathers select passages on work and vocation from the greatest writers in Christian history. William Placher has written introductions to accompany the selections - an introduction to each of the four main historical sections and a brief introduction to each reading. While the vocational questions faced by Christians have changed through the centuries, this book demonstrates how the distilled wisdom of these saints, preachers, theologians, and teachers remains relevant to Christians today."--BOOK JACKET
Struggling with scripture by Walter Brueggemann( Book )

4 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why are we here? : everyday questions and the Christian life( Book )

4 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in English and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A one-of-a-kind book in which several outstanding theologians use their expertise to examine everyday questions that Christians ask. Christians do not just believe; they think about what they believe. Moreover, they are not content with simple answers
The Triune God : an essay in postliberal theology by William C Placher( Book )

6 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mark by William C Placher( Book )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Belonging to God : a commentary on A brief statement of faith by William C Placher( Book )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Readings in the history of Christian theology( Book )

in English and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William Placher and Derek Nelson compile significant passages written by the most important Christian thinkers, from the Reformers of the sixteenth century through the major participants in the contemporary theological conversation. Illustrating the major theologians, controversies, and schools of thought, Readings in the History of Christian Theology is an essential companion to the study of church history and historical theology. Excerpts are preceded by the editors' introductions, allowing the book to stand alone as a coherent history. This revised edition expands the work's scope, drawing throughout on more female voices and expanding to include the most important twenty-first-century theological contributions. This valuable resource brings together the writings of major theologians from the church's history for a new generation of students
History and faith in the theology of Wolfhart Pannenberg by William C Placher( )

7 editions published between 1975 and 1977 in English and Undetermined and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essentials of Christian theology( Book )

5 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Presenting two dialoguing essays on each of nine foremost theological questions, William Placher has provided an introductory reader in theology, giving a discussion of the history and current state of each doctrinal issue, he allows the essays to explore and raise questions about their key elements - and the contemporary issues confronting them."--Jacket
Readings in the history of Christian theology( Book )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Unapologetic theology : a Christian voice in a pluralistic conversation by William C Placher( )

1 edition published in 1989 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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A history of Christian theology : an introduction
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Placher, William 1948-2008

Placher, William Carl 1948-2008

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Types of Christian theologyReadings in the history of Christian theologyUnapologetic theology : a Christian voice in a pluralistic conversationThe domestication of transcendence : how modern thinking about God went wrongEssentials of Christian theologyTheology and narrative : selected essaysJesus the Savior : the meaning of Jesus Christ for Christian faithNarratives of a vulnerable God : Christ, theology, and scripture