The Christian Tradition by Jaroslav Pelikan

This monumental work of scholarship is a breathtaking panorama of the development of Christian doctrine written by Jaroslav Pelikan ( over a period of 18 years between 1971-1989. It is nothing less than a history of the subject from the year 100 to our own times. This will demand a place in the bookcase of anyone with a close interest in Christian doctrine. Published in 5 volumes as follows.

The Christian Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrine, 5 vols. (1973–1990). Chicago: University of Chicago Press

  • Volume 1: The Emergence of the Catholic Tradition 100–600 (1973) ISBN 0-226-65371-4
  • Volume 2: The Spirit of Eastern Christendom 600–1700 (1974) ISBN 0-226-65373-0
  • Volume 3: The Growth of Medieval Theology 600–1300 (1978) ISBN 0-226-65375-7
  • Volume 4: Reformation of Church and Dogma 1300–1700 (1984) ISBN 0-226-65377-3
  • Volume 5: Christian Doctrine and Modern Culture since 1700 (1990) ISBN 0-226-65380-3



Jaroslav Pelikan

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