People--particularly students and, if one may dare, clergymen--are very glib nowadays about theology and theologians. Hypotheses and theses are formulated in popular journals, great names are invoked at cocktail parties, and immovable positions are taken with a recklessness unimagined since the waters of Byzantium flowed red with the blood of the homoousionites. Here, at last, is a book well calculated to inject some substance into the arguments, some rationale into the name-dropping, and some rationality into positions taken. It contains short, but comprehensive, essays on the twelve most important--not necessarily on the twelve best known--theologians of our time. Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant: Buber, John Courtney Murray, Hromadka, Haering, Schillebeeckx, John A.T. Robinson, Lonergan, John Hick, Abraham Heschel, Lossky, de Lubac, and Georges Florovsky. The authors of the various essays are all authorities on their subjects--e.g., Thomas Love on Murray, and Frederick Crowe on Lonergan--and do a generally authoritative, and most often intelligible, job of analysis and synthesis. This will be a godsend to the dilettantes, and a valuable handbook for students, libraries, and interested laymen.