Theologian Par Excellence: Jaroslav Pelikan
Pelikan's The Christian Tradition is the standard work of historical theology in English. He is certainly the last scholar to attempt the task of a single historical narrative of the Christian tradition in one voice. Here we see one scholar with the courage and commitment to read all the sources and assimilate them... which is amazing. I only wish that I had been at Yale in time to dwell in the same town with him- and with all of the other greats who are passing their twilight days in New Haven, drifting anonymously in and out of the Starbucks on the Green (we could never find them). Requiescat in Pacem, Professor Pelikan.