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Jun. 3,  2011

Candler Faculty Help Pen New Christian Theology Dictionary

Cambridge Dictionary of Christian TheologySixteen Candler faculty contributed to the new Cambridge Dictionary of Christian Theology (Cambridge University Press, 2011), a 572-page volume containing more than 550 entries from “Abba” to “Zwingli.”

Ian A. McFarland, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, served as one of four editors, responsible for drafting the initial proposal for Cambridge and managing all correspondence with the contributors. He also wrote 150 entries himself. 

Written by a gender-balanced and representative mix of confessional orientations, the dictionary is intended to be accessible to a wide range of readers.  “We wanted a one-volume work that was specifically theological (rather than historical or sociological) in orientation, and that did not have entries either so long as to be unwieldy for beginners or so short as to be cryptic,” McFarland said.

McFarland worked on the dictionary while writing his newest monograph, In Adam’s Fall: A Meditation on the Christian Doctrine of Original Sin (Cambridge: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010). “By comparison with writing my own monograph, it was very tedious to serve as an editor,” he said. “On the whole, we had a generous group of contributors, but I am very glad it’s over!”

Other Candler contributors: Noel Erskine, “Caribbean Theology”; Tim Jackson, “Adoption”; Steve Kraftchick, “Myth”; Emmanuel Lartey, “Pastoral Theology”; Tom Long, “Homiletics”; Walter Lowe, “Immanuel Kant”; Jan Love, “Kairos Document”;  Rex Matthews, “Wesleyan Quadrilateral”; Joy McDougall, “Androcentrism, Sin”; Don Saliers, “Theology and Music”; Luther Smith, Jr., “Howard Thurman”; John Snarey, “William James”; Brent Strawn, “kwšrwt in Psalm 68:7”; Jonathan Strom, “Pietism”; and M. Thomas Thangaraj, “South Asian Theology.”