God Has Spoken

Gregg Allison | November 12, 2014

Gerald Bray. God Has Spoken: A History of Christian Theology. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2014. 1,260 pp. $55.00.

As one who has undertaken the writing of a historical theology that follows a topical-chronological structure, I am intrigued by and appreciative of Gerald Bray’s distinctive approach to this discipline. Noting the recent renewal of trinitarian theology and underscoring the church’s common confession of belief in the triune God, the research professor at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama, thoroughly addresses all the topics expected in a substantive historical theology volume, and does so according to a trinitarian framework. This unique approach in and of itself is enough to attract great attention to God Has Spoken: A History of Christian Theology.

Bray’s headings, along with the timeframe to which they roughly correspond, are eight in number. Part One, “The Israelite Legacy,” establishes the early foundation of the church through a discussion of Christianity and Judaism, specifically how the former parted from the latter yet inherited much from it (e.g., its Scripture and its beliefs in the oneness of God and divine creation). Parts Two and Three treat “The Person of the Father” and “The Work of the Father,” the church’s theological…

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