ometimes an instructor has to become a textbook writer: the right text is not available for the course, so the instructor has to write it. Teacher/author David Bell doesn't assume previous knowledge on the part of his readers, and he emphasizes the word 'introductory.' Many Mansions
, as Bell describes it, examines 'selected themes of medieval Church doctrine as they were developed' in the Latin West and Byzantine East, from the eighth century to the fourteenth centuries, so that we are taken up through the development of scholastic theology in the West and the synthesis of Palamas in the East. As an introductory text, this book is excellent: if you haven't studied the history of doctrine before, or if you are teaching people who haven't, or if you simply want a fresh perspective on ground well-trodden-Many Mansions
deserves your attention.
An Eighth Day View:
An overview of how religious thinking developed in the thousand years between the end of the Roma...