Extraordinarily learned yet quite readable, this magisterial five-volume set is really an authoritative encyclopedia of historical theology. There is nothing else like it in English. Every phase in the development of Christian doctrine, both East and West, is here deftly explored. Students of theology will return to this exposition of the history of Christian ideas again and again. Extensively documented by primary source texts. Volume 4, 424 pp.
An Eighth Day View:
This penultimate volume in Pelikan's acclaimed history of Christian doctrine--winner with Volume 3 of the Medieval Academy's prestigious Haskins Medal--encompasses the Reformation and the developments that led to it.
"Only in America, and in this case from a Lutheran scholar, could we expect an examination so lacking in parti pris, a survey so perceptive, so free--and, one must say, the result of so much immense labor, so rewardingly presented."--John M. Todd, "New York Times Book Review"
"Never wasting a word or losing a plot line, Pelikan builds on an array of sources that few in our era have the linguistic skill, genius or ambition to master."--Martin E. Marty, "America"
"The use of both primary materials and secondary sources is impressive, and yet it is not too formidable for the intelligent layman."--William S. Barker, "Eternity "