Dean Markham Edits "The Student’s Companion to the Theologians"


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Alexandria, VA –
Virginia Seminary is proud to announce the publication of The Student’s Companion to the Theologians (Wiley-Blackwell), edited by the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D., Professor of Theology and Ethics, and dean and president of Virginia Theological Seminary.

An ideal resource for students, this Companion brings together an international team of nearly 50 contemporary scholars to introduce the theologians responsible for shaping the Christian story through the ages. From evangelical to liberal, from liberationist to classical, the work comprises over 75 entries on the most important and influential figures in the history of Christianity, including amongst others, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, C. S. Lewis, James Cone, and Rosemary Radford Reuther.

The volume combines authoritative profiles of key Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical, and progressive theologians with a blend of substantial essays and overviews which discuss their historical significance within the field. The comprehensive A-Z entries establish each theologian within their immediate context and summarize their primary work.

Among the international contributors are Lewis Ayres, John W. de Gruchy, Ivor J. Davidson, Brian Hebblethwaite, Andrew Louth, Joanne Maguire Robinson, and Augustine Casiday. In addition, Virginia Seminary adjunct instructor, the Rev. Dr. Craig Phillips, wrote articles on Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and Immanuel Kant, and the Rev. Joseph Constant (VTS ’03), Director of Ethnic Ministries and Student Life at VTS, authored the article on James Cone. Assisting Dean Markham on this edition was the Rev. Elizabeth Locher (VTS ’12).

First published in 2011 as a large reference hardback for libraries, originally titled The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Practical Theology, this new Companion is neatly structured around five key time periods spanning the early centuries through the Middle Ages, Reformation, Enlightenment, and the twentieth-century to the present. Incorporating a variety of student aids including a timeline, a glossary of key terms, and essential reading lists, The Student's Companion to the Theologians provides an accessible, and affordable, reference to the key people who have shaped the Christian tradition.

Founded in 1823, Virginia Theological Seminary is the largest of the 11 accredited seminaries of the Episcopal Church. The school prepares men and women for service in the Church worldwide, both as ordained and lay ministers, and offers a number of professional degree programs and diplomas. Currently, the Seminary represents more than 42 different dioceses and 5 different countries, for service in the Church.