Exploring Protestant Traditions
W. David Buschart
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Exploring Protestant Traditions: An Invitation to Theological Hospitality
W. David Buschart
InterVarsity Press
373 pages
September 2006
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Christians of all denominations can appreciate this book by W. David Buschart (Ph.D. from Drew University) on eight Protestant traditions - Lutheran, Anabaptist, Reformed, Anglican, Baptist, Wesleyan, Dispensational, and Pentecostal – many of which split off into other denominations.

The introduction familiarizes the reader to the format of the book. There is at least one chart for each tradition showing its historical progression; these serve as what the publisher calls “family tree” charts. Some are simple, while others get a bit complicated. Each chapter follows the same format:

  1. Context: historical and ecclesiastical background
    1. Historical origins and development
    2. Diversity
  2. Approach: theological and hermeneutical method.
    1. Role of theology
    2. Theological method
  3. Theology: characteristic belief - Two characteristics pertaining to each particular tradition are given here.
  4. Conclusion
  5. Bibliography
The brief bibliographies for each chapter cite journals, books, and other sources. There is a conclusion to the book and an epilogue, followed by a very extensive endnote section. An index on subject and Scripture concludes this academic book, which contains neither maps nor illustrations.

Dr. W. David Buschart is a professor of theology and historical studies at Denver Seminary. He co-authored with Daniel B. Clendenin the book Scholarship, Sacrament, and Service in 1990.

Those looking for information on the theologies of the various Protestant traditions will like this book for its compactness and its short bibliographies.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. © Br. Benet Exton, O.S.B., 2007

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