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Daniel Migliore's Faith Seeking Understanding has been a standard introduction to Christian theology for more than a decade. The book's presentation of traditional doctrine in freshly contemporary ways, its concern to hear and critically engage new voices in theology, and its creative and accessible style have kept it one of the most stimulating, balanced, and readable gui Daniel Migliore's Faith Seeking Understanding has been a standard introduction to Christian theology for more than a decade. The book's presentation of traditional doctrine in freshly contemporary ways, its concern to hear and critically engage new voices in theology, and its creative and accessible style have kept it one of the most stimulating, balanced, and readable guides to theology available. This second edition of Faith Seeking Understanding features improvements from cover to cover. Besides updating and expanding the entire text of the book, Migliore has added two completely new chapters. The first, "Confessing Jesus Christ in Context," explores the unique contributions to Christian theology made by recent theologians working in the African American, Asian American, Latin American, Hispanic, feminist, womanist, and mujerista traditions. The second new chapter, "The Finality of Jesus Christ and Religious Pluralism," addresses the growing interest in the relationship of Christianity to other religions and their adherents. Migliore's three delightful theological dialogues are followed by a new appendix, an extensive glossary of theological terms, making the book even more useful to students seeking to understand the history, themes, and challenges of Christian belief.


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Daniel Migliore's Faith Seeking Understanding has been a standard introduction to Christian theology for more than a decade. The book's presentation of traditional doctrine in freshly contemporary ways, its concern to hear and critically engage new voices in theology, and its creative and accessible style have kept it one of the most stimulating, balanced, and readable gui Daniel Migliore's Faith Seeking Understanding has been a standard introduction to Christian theology for more than a decade. The book's presentation of traditional doctrine in freshly contemporary ways, its concern to hear and critically engage new voices in theology, and its creative and accessible style have kept it one of the most stimulating, balanced, and readable guides to theology available. This second edition of Faith Seeking Understanding features improvements from cover to cover. Besides updating and expanding the entire text of the book, Migliore has added two completely new chapters. The first, "Confessing Jesus Christ in Context," explores the unique contributions to Christian theology made by recent theologians working in the African American, Asian American, Latin American, Hispanic, feminist, womanist, and mujerista traditions. The second new chapter, "The Finality of Jesus Christ and Religious Pluralism," addresses the growing interest in the relationship of Christianity to other religions and their adherents. Migliore's three delightful theological dialogues are followed by a new appendix, an extensive glossary of theological terms, making the book even more useful to students seeking to understand the history, themes, and challenges of Christian belief.

30 review for Faith Seeking Understanding: An Introduction to Christian Theology

  1. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Frye

    This book is a good read for those who want to understand some of the basic principles and beliefs of Christianity. Many major topics are covered, examining multiple approaches to those topics, and giving criticism. The focus of the book, rightly describing Christianity, is on a Christ centered belief system, where the causes for the poor, the discriminated, and alienated are held at high importance. Reading and understanding the material was easy, as it was organized and presented in a user-fri This book is a good read for those who want to understand some of the basic principles and beliefs of Christianity. Many major topics are covered, examining multiple approaches to those topics, and giving criticism. The focus of the book, rightly describing Christianity, is on a Christ centered belief system, where the causes for the poor, the discriminated, and alienated are held at high importance. Reading and understanding the material was easy, as it was organized and presented in a user-friendly format. There was a nice mixture of common words along with religious terminology, which again, aids in understanding. With this said, it is not a quick read as the material is hefty. All in all, I learned a lot from this book, and the author did not seem to present too much bias, that is, until the last chapter. I cannot make up my mind concerning the chapter of eschatology. I liked the unique approach that was taken, which went beyond defining views such as amillenillism, post-tribulational, and such. The main focus of the chapter was a discussion on the basic, universal Christian hopes and reaction to those hopes. But I am also really troubled with this last chapter, as he readily dismisses those who believe in the Rapture, but does not give any explanation to defend his argument. Then, he talks about essential symbols of Christianity, such as hell, questions them, and states that they are only symbolic, and should not be taken literal. I was very discerned by this. I almost knocked the book down to a four-star rating on this one rough chapter. Ultimately, if you want to learn, through unbiased explanation, the basic beliefs behind Christianity, and how it should be conducted, this is a good book. But if you are looking to expand you knowledge about specific books of the Bible, or about apocalyptic beliefs, this book does not aid in these areas.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    What an amazing theological entry point. Migliore’s language for and exploration of God is beautiful and refreshing whether one is just beginning or needs a “reset” on the tenets of Christian faith. We just completed a spiritual journey through FSU as a church and oh, how enriching it was to locate ourselves within a theological framework in community.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

    The first theology text I read all the way through and enjoyed while I learned, and I am not saying that because I am friends with the author. I read it before the Presbyterian ordination exams in 1991ish, and really loved it. And it helped.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Spencer

    I teach Introduction to Christian Theology at Thorneloe University. I have often said that this subject needs two courses. There are a lot of great later systematic theologies like Stanley Grenz's Theology for the Community of God, Joe Jones' Grammar of Christian Faith, Robert Jenson's Systematic Theology, or McClendon's Systematic Theology. But those are too large for single courses. But in the case of a single course introduction, one is really strapped to find good smaller introductions. Thoma I teach Introduction to Christian Theology at Thorneloe University. I have often said that this subject needs two courses. There are a lot of great later systematic theologies like Stanley Grenz's Theology for the Community of God, Joe Jones' Grammar of Christian Faith, Robert Jenson's Systematic Theology, or McClendon's Systematic Theology. But those are too large for single courses. But in the case of a single course introduction, one is really strapped to find good smaller introductions. Thomas and Wondra's Introduction to Christian Theology, a more liberal Anglican introduction, which the course I teach currently uses, is well researched, but often skips right into very abstract topics without giving a simple overview of the doctrinal basics. Similarly, Alister McGrath's Christian Theology: An Introduction is good, but it is like sipping wine through a fire house, cramming so much in such a small space. Finding Daniel Migliore's Faith Seeking Understanding, especially this newer addition, has deeply impressed me. Migliore is able to present topics in a succinct yet comprehensive manner. He is ecumenically minded and global-minded. His theology displays a sensitivity to Black and South American liberation theology, feminism, and Asian theological conversations that are often ignored by mainstream western, male-dominated theology. His chapter on dialogue with other religions, notably Judaism and Islam, is just the thing that needs to be in an introduction. Migliore is a good writer that gives a certain richness to topics that are often very dry. I don't know what I would have done differently. I am not the master Migliore clearly is. I thought his section on the atonement was a bit too short for how important the topic is. On every chapter, there was, of course, much more he could have gone into, but A good introduction delivers substance but does not overload. It wets the proverbial whistle, which Migliore definitely does. Each chapter informs the reader, but also invites them in deeper.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    Easily the best 'introduction to theology' that I've ever read. Having taught the class myself once or twice in years past, I would unquestionably use this book again -- even in an environment where English is a second language. Easily the best 'introduction to theology' that I've ever read. Having taught the class myself once or twice in years past, I would unquestionably use this book again -- even in an environment where English is a second language.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ray

    I have to wonder if the folks who wrote the first reviews read the same text that I did! This was my basic text for an intro. theology course I took at Princeton, where Dr. Migliore was teaching. He is classically trained, very disiplined, and a real gentleman. But, as this book demonstrates, he can't be termed a great theologian. While he claims to be a Barthian, and he does use Barth's categories, he would not be recognized as such by Barth. He might be described as more a "string of pearls" t I have to wonder if the folks who wrote the first reviews read the same text that I did! This was my basic text for an intro. theology course I took at Princeton, where Dr. Migliore was teaching. He is classically trained, very disiplined, and a real gentleman. But, as this book demonstrates, he can't be termed a great theologian. While he claims to be a Barthian, and he does use Barth's categories, he would not be recognized as such by Barth. He might be described as more a "string of pearls" thinker -- he takes things he likes from a variety of contradictory sources, with no apparent anchor or controling principle. What you get is more of a "mood" than a tangible response to God's voice in Scripture. This is a very weak, very inconsistent, very frustrating work. I hardly ever score things poorly on Amazon, but I had to comment on this when I saw the other glowing reviews. There are all kinds of good theology texts, both to the "left" and to the "right" of Migliore. Louis Berkof, for example, is a classic that is clear and helpful.

  7. 4 out of 5

    C.H.E. Sadaphal

    The bottom line: Modernity and theology meet yet ultimately, modernity triumphs over God. From the back cover, Faith Seeking Understanding sets out to present “traditional doctrine in freshly contemporary ways” as well as to “hear and critically engage new voices in theology.” This vision is undergirded by the notion that one of the central themes within theology is that faith and inquiry are inseparable. This is a noble idea and a task that certainly yields greater wisdom, comprehension and insig The bottom line: Modernity and theology meet yet ultimately, modernity triumphs over God. From the back cover, Faith Seeking Understanding sets out to present “traditional doctrine in freshly contemporary ways” as well as to “hear and critically engage new voices in theology.” This vision is undergirded by the notion that one of the central themes within theology is that faith and inquiry are inseparable. This is a noble idea and a task that certainly yields greater wisdom, comprehension and insight. However, in the process of inquiry ... http://www.chesadaphal.com/faith-seek...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Michaelpatrick Keena

    Reading this book is as refreshing as drinking from a muddy river. This neo-orthodox writer is promoted as major defender of the Reformed Church and Christian orthodoxy. Occasionally backing Biblical soundness, Migliore undermines the very Word he is describes and investigates. I have read better from the papers used to line the bottom of parrot cages... after being soiled.

  9. 5 out of 5

    An Te

    A splendid primer on the subject. From Pentecost to liberation theology, most of the key events in Christian theology have been covered by Daniel Migliore in an engaging and memorable account. It is much to get through but Migliore has done a good job of surveying this protean area and making clear the context into which each particular stream of theology is speaking into. The constructed dialogues in the appendices were by far and away the highlight of this book. It was splendid to witness an i A splendid primer on the subject. From Pentecost to liberation theology, most of the key events in Christian theology have been covered by Daniel Migliore in an engaging and memorable account. It is much to get through but Migliore has done a good job of surveying this protean area and making clear the context into which each particular stream of theology is speaking into. The constructed dialogues in the appendices were by far and away the highlight of this book. It was splendid to witness an inspired 'Barthian' take on the likes of Nietzsche on atheism, Niebuhr on political theology and Bultmann, Pannenberg and Moltmann on the status of historical evidence in Christian theology and its witness. The appendices alone are worthy of 4 stars themselves. The only thing to criticise the book was that the main body of the work, within the individual chapters mostly within the middle of the book, appear to develop their own structure which made relating to them and taking stock of the information, at times, more difficult than one would anticipate. But that may well be down to my unfamiliarity with the peculiarities of diverse developments within theology.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Michael Nichols

    An ok introduction into systematic theology. Migliore offers up a kind of Christocentric liberation theology. Like some liberation theology, it occasionally paints in broad brushes and lacks discretion. Migliore definitely wants to have his cake and eat it too. On a given doctrine, he offers up a “thesis” (usually a premodern/traditional position) then an “antithesis” (usually a modern or liberation position) then a “synthesis,” in which he marries the best of both worlds. But this rhetorical mo An ok introduction into systematic theology. Migliore offers up a kind of Christocentric liberation theology. Like some liberation theology, it occasionally paints in broad brushes and lacks discretion. Migliore definitely wants to have his cake and eat it too. On a given doctrine, he offers up a “thesis” (usually a premodern/traditional position) then an “antithesis” (usually a modern or liberation position) then a “synthesis,” in which he marries the best of both worlds. But this rhetorical move gets old after a while; it seems as if he’s able to do what no one else can: marry premodern/traditional theology with modern/liberation theology. In the back of the book he’s included some hypothetical conversations between pioneering theologians that are sort of interesting, as well as a glossary of theological terms that readers will find helpful.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Terri Milstead

    Often I will look to sell books after class, but this one I will keep and I have even jotted some things down that might be good to explore in sermons. In fact, I have quoted from this book in a sermon already. Migliore's writing is quite beautiful and is also well organized. I like the use of numbered points with italicized statements. It makes the book easy to work through and digest. He presents a lot of information on different theologies around key doctrines, discusses weaknesses and streng Often I will look to sell books after class, but this one I will keep and I have even jotted some things down that might be good to explore in sermons. In fact, I have quoted from this book in a sermon already. Migliore's writing is quite beautiful and is also well organized. I like the use of numbered points with italicized statements. It makes the book easy to work through and digest. He presents a lot of information on different theologies around key doctrines, discusses weaknesses and strengths of them, and presents his improvements upon them. Improvements might be a strong term, but I'll leave it there. The underlying theme: it's the Trinity. Always the Trinity.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sparowhawke

    The impetus for reading this book came after listening to a thought-provoking sermon, one that drew on a more contemporary view of Reformed theology. I was curious to learn more and asked the preacher for suggested readings. He lent me his copy of this book (the 1991 version), which he had read while in seminary. The cover quotes a review that describes the book as "[a]n ideal primer," but the author presupposes that the reader already has a primary knowledge of the subject. The discussions, ther The impetus for reading this book came after listening to a thought-provoking sermon, one that drew on a more contemporary view of Reformed theology. I was curious to learn more and asked the preacher for suggested readings. He lent me his copy of this book (the 1991 version), which he had read while in seminary. The cover quotes a review that describes the book as "[a]n ideal primer," but the author presupposes that the reader already has a primary knowledge of the subject. The discussions, therefore, too often come across as more conclusory than foundational. Perhaps that is inevitable in a textbook intended to survey in one semester a subject about which other writers discuss in voluminous treatises, but the evident gaps and unsupported assertions made this less than a fully satisfying read. That is not to say, however, that the book failed to serve the purpose for which I read it. Troubled by the religious right's embrace of a seemingly antithetical president, I wanted to try to assess whether that embrace was justifiable on religious, rather than solely on political, grounds. After reading this book, I conclude that the answer is no. The pursuit of political power by these religionists, and their attempts to create or preserve a privileged place for their views, is inconsistent with the irreducible core of the scriptures they profess to believe. Their conflation of the religious with the political weakens both religion and politics.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey Couch

    10 outta 10 would recommend. Being the slight theology nerd that I am, I would say this is a great book for someone to start off with. It is easy to understand, extremely engaging, and will cause you to delve more into what you believe and why. This book will also give you a good foundation to lead into many other theology books that may strike your fancy in the future.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    Read for an Intro to Christian Theology Seminary class. Succinctly outlines the major doctrines and theologies of the Christian faith. Wasn't as hard to read as I thought it would be (because it was organized so well). Lots of good information that explains and clarifies the main theologies of the Christian faith. Read for an Intro to Christian Theology Seminary class. Succinctly outlines the major doctrines and theologies of the Christian faith. Wasn't as hard to read as I thought it would be (because it was organized so well). Lots of good information that explains and clarifies the main theologies of the Christian faith.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Wayne Kwok

    A required text for Theology Overview class. Provide a good overview of the various doctrine beliefs in Christianity.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    This is an excellent academic resource. I used it for preparation for an essay on The Trinity.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lilly Pittman

    A good overview of Christian history.

  18. 5 out of 5

    ashley seng

    Excellent book for beginners studying Systematic Theology. Easy to follow and understand, and extremely well written. I'll go back to this for years to come. Excellent book for beginners studying Systematic Theology. Easy to follow and understand, and extremely well written. I'll go back to this for years to come.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rick

    Very readable theology book. Reframes theology in an interesting way. I have a few disagreements, but overall very good.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    Faith Seeking Understanding is an introduction to systematic Christian theology, which is the practice of understanding God according to the structure of the Apostles Creed. I had read parts of this book while in seminary, but years ago I wanted to read it all the way through because I thought it was a great resource. But it's sat (dusty) on my currently-reading shelf for a long time because I abandoned it part way through. Turns out it's a tough book to read all at once. Last fall I decided I w Faith Seeking Understanding is an introduction to systematic Christian theology, which is the practice of understanding God according to the structure of the Apostles Creed. I had read parts of this book while in seminary, but years ago I wanted to read it all the way through because I thought it was a great resource. But it's sat (dusty) on my currently-reading shelf for a long time because I abandoned it part way through. Turns out it's a tough book to read all at once. Last fall I decided I wanted to take it up again, but this time I decided to read one chapter between other books. That format worked much better. The writing for this book is good and sharp, but very academic. For someone almost 10 years out of seminary (or for a lay person, I would guess), sometimes the text can feel inaccessible. However, I would say this book is rich with insight into theological concepts and would be a good primer for someone beginning the task of theology. ------review 2008------ I have already read substantial parts of this book during seminary, but really desire to read it all the way through.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sean

    Will have to go over it again when I have more time. Two things I took away from the book are: 1) He should have focused on how the 'basic' doctrines of the Church look through the eyes of a Trinitarian theology. I say this because he brings this up multiple times and so he probably should have gone that route. 2) He falls back too much on what Luther, Calvin, and Barth have to say. He goes out here and there to other theologians from various Protestant traditions and from the Catholic tradition Will have to go over it again when I have more time. Two things I took away from the book are: 1) He should have focused on how the 'basic' doctrines of the Church look through the eyes of a Trinitarian theology. I say this because he brings this up multiple times and so he probably should have gone that route. 2) He falls back too much on what Luther, Calvin, and Barth have to say. He goes out here and there to other theologians from various Protestant traditions and from the Catholic tradition, but it would be nice to have a more rounded view for an Intro book. Otherwise have the name 'Reformed' in the title.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    This was one of the textbooks in my Introduction to Theology class in seminary. I don't think we read the whole thing in that class, just selected sections/chapters, so I decided to go back and read it cover to cover. Overall, I think the book presents a good survey of theological disciplines (theology, Christology, pneumatology, ecclesiology, eschatology, etc.), always making a balanced and thoughtful presentation and often using an unabashed trinitarian focus to find a middle way between extre This was one of the textbooks in my Introduction to Theology class in seminary. I don't think we read the whole thing in that class, just selected sections/chapters, so I decided to go back and read it cover to cover. Overall, I think the book presents a good survey of theological disciplines (theology, Christology, pneumatology, ecclesiology, eschatology, etc.), always making a balanced and thoughtful presentation and often using an unabashed trinitarian focus to find a middle way between extreme positions. This book seems like a good introduction to theology.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    I really liked this basic theology book. It deals with many different views on many different topics such as newer cultural and ethnic views of Christology, just to take one example. I think that given the amount of material that it is trying to deal with and the voices and views it is trying to include, Migliore does a great job.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Robyn

    This is a general introductory book to Christian theology. Really great 'sampler' that addresses a number of core topics in an accessible way. If that's what you're after, this book is the best. If you're after something more detailed, or deeper, or something that wrestles with the big issues.... this is not going to satisfy you. This is a general introductory book to Christian theology. Really great 'sampler' that addresses a number of core topics in an accessible way. If that's what you're after, this book is the best. If you're after something more detailed, or deeper, or something that wrestles with the big issues.... this is not going to satisfy you.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Marco Ambriz

    This is one of the best introductions to Christian Doctrine that I have read yet! It somehow amazingly serves as both an introduction for beginners and also as a challenge for long time Christians to reaffirm the central goals in pursuing doctrinal convictions. I have used it for a college course on Christianity and for my own personal growth and understanding. I highly recommend it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tory

    I already "read" this book for my Christian Theology class in college. Now I'm "re"-reading it because I find it very useful in addressing important elements in theology. This book covers a lot of areas thoroughly and is fairly informational. I already "read" this book for my Christian Theology class in college. Now I'm "re"-reading it because I find it very useful in addressing important elements in theology. This book covers a lot of areas thoroughly and is fairly informational.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Larry Taylor

    an excellent introduction to Christian theology written so the average person who cares more about knowing God and loving others than she does about theology can appreciate. parts of it deeply moved me.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Royce

    About 30% of it was a good introduction to theology, which doesn't end up being a lot of pages. 10% of it is just the author talking about his biases. The other 60% was filler. A lot of saying the same thing over and over. Overall, a lot of pages to say a couple of things. About 30% of it was a good introduction to theology, which doesn't end up being a lot of pages. 10% of it is just the author talking about his biases. The other 60% was filler. A lot of saying the same thing over and over. Overall, a lot of pages to say a couple of things.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ben Talbot

    Very, very good. I enjoyed her style of writing and self reflection very much. Also I agreed with almost everything she was saying and all of her points as it reflected largely what I was going through in my life as I read, which certainly affected my response and opinion towards the book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Matt Dean

    Wonderful intro to systematic text! Wonderful intro to systematic text! This and Cone's Black Liberation were by far my favorite texts of the multitude my classmates and I were assigned. Wonderful intro to systematic text! Wonderful intro to systematic text! This and Cone's Black Liberation were by far my favorite texts of the multitude my classmates and I were assigned.

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