Systematic Theology Hardcover – Jan 12 1995
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Wayne Grudem is professor of biblical and systematic theology at Trinitiy Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He holds degrees from Harvard (B.A.), Westminster Seminary (M.Div.), and Cambridge (Ph.D.). He is the co-editor of Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood
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The Christian church has a long tradition of systematic theology, that is, studying theology and doctrine organized around fairly standard categories such as the Word of God, redemption, and Jesus Christ. This introduction to systematic theology has several distinctive features: - A strong emphasis on the scriptural basis for each doctrine and teaching - Clear writing, with technical terms kept to a minimum - A contemporary approach, treating subjects of special interest to the church today - A friendly tone, appealing to the emotions and the spirit as well as the intellect - Frequent application to life - Resources for worship with each chapter - Bibliographies with each chapter that cross-reference subjects to a wide range of other systematic theologies.See all Product Description
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There are a number of clear strengths to this book. First, this book is by far the most accessible systematic treatment of theology I've ever read. If there is any systematic theology book that theology novices could really sink their teeth into, this is it. This book, while effectively dealing with the many difficult theological issues that need to be dealt with in any adequate systematic theology, avoids drowning these difficult issues in difficult terminology that too many systematic theologies wrongly assume are common terms that non-theology focused Christians understand and don't need defining. This is what makes so many systematic theologies inaccessible to most Christians.Read more ›
First, Grudem quotes many of his supporting texts. This makes for facility, rather than looking up the text.
Second, he interacts with several traditions thoughtfully.
Third, as one reviewer notes already, he has a good annotated bibliography at the end. If one read the bibliography, especially our a-theological pastors, the health of the church would rise. He cites Reformed, Anglican, Lutheran, Baptist, Dispensational and Papist works (usually pre-Vat 2 Ludwig Ott and post-Vat 2 Prof O'Brien). Excellent bibliograpy.
Fourth, Grudem attempts to incorporate doxological intent to each subject by inclusion of an historic hymn at the end. This is healthy given the American penchant to think the church began 10 years ago.
Every evangelical seminary student should own and read this, of any perspective. Of course, for liberal seminary students, this might be over their heads and we would recommend something much shorter, maybe Berkof's Manual of Christian Doctrine---as a warm-up.
Thanks Wayne for your clear labor of love.
The book is divided into major study units covering a particularly broad topic, for example, the doctrine of the Bible. That topic is then further divided as each chapter covers a major subtopic within the larger doctrine. Each chapter includes cross references to systematic theologies by other authors of all major Catholic and Protestant denominations, for ready comparison of how each doctrine is treated by those with other viewpoints. Not only is this a great study resource, but it is also very useful for group discussions, as each chapter concludes with a list of discussion questions, worship suggestions, and a relevant scripture passage for memorization.
The single quality which makes this volume such a valuable tool, however, is the author's full discussion and fair treatment of competing viewpoints. For any given topic, the author will first lay out all major "mainstream" views of the doctrine, and discuss the biblical texts which lend support to each. He will then state the position which he finds to be the most persuasive, and detail his reasoning with additional reference to scripture.Read more ›
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An excellent example of clear yet profound writing. Grudem doesn't need to produce "murky" text to seem deep. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Ophiodon
Great comprehensive treatment of evangelical theology with fair treatment of all viewpoints. Grudem has the ability to use few words to explain a topic clearlyPublished 3 months ago by Philip Schachtner
What a great book! It is a must for anyone wanting to study the Bible!Published 3 months ago by Brian Mason
Excellent book for those that want to study theology in a simple and clear wayPublished 9 months ago by Yosef Berhanu
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