This is a unique reference resource for study of the theological ideas developed in the early church period. Patristic theology is the theology of Christian writers up to the ninth century which became formative for succeeding centuries of Christianity. This handbook provides easy access to these leading theological understandings.
The Westminster Handbook to Christian Theology series provides a set of resources for the study of historic and contemporary theological movements and Christian theologians. These books are intended to help students and scholars find concise and accurate treatments of important theological terms.
Ecclesiastical History (Vol. 56, No. 3, July 2005) "Given its range, this single volume should be included in any library but given its convenience and cost, students and scholars of patristics can fortunately have one within easy reach."
Catholic Books Review (1/18/2006) "The text is crisply and charmingly written and demonstrates not only the extraordinary breadth of McGuckin's erudition, but also his infectious enthusiasm for his subject matter....Highly recommended!"
Calvin Theological Journal (Vol. 40, No. 2, Nov. 2005) "McGuckin has again put patristic scholarship in his debt with the publication of this handbook." "[A]n outstanding contribution to patristic scholarship." --James R. Payton Jr.
Curled Up with a Good Book (December 6, 2005) "[A] great A to Z reference tool."
Presbyterian History (Canada) November 2005 "The Handbook to Patristic Theology deserves to be on the shelf in every theological library in the country, and on the shelf of anyone who wishes [to] speak with accuracy about the Patristic period."