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  • Paperback: 57 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.; First Edition edition (October 5, 1962)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802811981
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802811981
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 4.8 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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Written loftily and with great knowledge, but helpful nonetheless.
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At 41 pages in my English translation, it took me little time to read the book.
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I needed this book, and I know ALOT of people who need to read it too!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Robert Knetsch on November 10, 2000
Format: Paperback
Helmut Thielicke, well known throughout the theological world for his prolific writing, sermons and theological prowess has written a remarkably gentle and pastoral book that should be essential for anyone venturing into the world of academics and theology.
Perhaps many of us had experience with people who, when they begin theological studies, they have a way about them of thinking they know more than the typical "lay" person, that they have risen above simplistic faith. I too struggle with this feeling as I read the great theologians who are out there. Not that I know more; its just that sometimes I think I do!
His warning and advice, then, comes as a stern but loving warning to be careful and wary. For os it not more important that we be people who help the people of God, rather than divide because of our elitist attitude? Thielicke perhaps not only is writing this to the "young" theologians who read it, but to himself, a man who is steeped in so much knowledge.
An essential and edifying book for all. Read and enjoy.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Brentley on July 29, 2000
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Even though 20+ years old, timeless wisdom gently whispers from these pages from a veteran theologian. Not only young practitioners should heed this sage preacher's advice, but all who seek to communicate God's truth should re-read this volume at least once a year to review the fundamentals, re-focus on the hows and whys of basic hermeneutics, and abide by the Biblical dictum, "Do not go beyond what is written." Variety at the expense of verity is vanity. This book is must reading at thrice the price!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 23, 1998
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The book contains an important message for those interested in the pursit of theologies. Translated from German, it maintains the integrity of the thoughts expressed by the author. Theologians are admonished to not overwhelm the people with the use of knowledge just acquired. A caution about losing focus on the message of the Scriptures being God speaking to mankind is offered. Some may need a dictionary in hand due to some of the words used in the book. One who heeds Thielicke's advice will avoid many mistakes common to young theologians. Don Laughary
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Neil on July 9, 2001
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I was introduced to this work by a friend who was a recent seminary graduate. I think this work should be read by everyone who has the Spiritual gift of teaching/preaching as it will be an effective help to prevent burnout, boasting, pride, and arrogance. All of those are frequent sins associated with teaching the word.
This book is excellent for the pastor, seminary student, and any other person who is equipped (or being equipped) for a teaching/pastoral based ministry.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Neil on July 9, 2001
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I was introduced to this work by a friend who was a recent seminary graduate. I think this work should be read by everyone who has the Spiritual gift of teaching/preaching as it will be an effective help to prevent burnout, boasting, pride, and arrogance. All of those are frequent sins associated with teaching the word.
This book is excellent for the pastor, seminary student, and any other person who is equipped (or being equipped) for a teaching/pastoral based ministry.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Daniel F. Slagle on November 3, 2006
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I came across this delightful little book the year before I began my seminary studies. Though it had been published many years prior, I found his wisdom to be timeless. Now, after 14 years in ordained ministry, I still refer to it from time to time, just to keep perspective. I heartily recommend this to anyone contemplating, in the midst of, or long since finished with formal theological education.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 1, 2004
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Don't let its small size fool you... This little book will open your eyes to the dangers that both aspiring and seasoned theologians face in the pursuit of knowledge. I like the fact that it's small enough to be read in a very short amount of time, yet provides so many important insights and warnings that you'll want to hang onto it and read it again and again!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Leake on October 10, 2008
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Thielicke does a wonderful job of grounding the young theologian. He speaks of the "hiatus between the arena of the young theologian's actual spiritual growth and what he already knows intellectually about [an] arena". This encourages the student to not settle for a "second hand" faith.

Thielicke also does a tremendous job of grounding theology in faith. As he says at one point, "every theological effort is bound up with the act of faith itself". Faith (or rather Christ) is the goal and not theology itself. He even makes the bold statement that, "every theological idea which makes an impression upon you must be regarded as a challenge to your faith."

Thielicke's attempt in this work is to ground his students in the gospel--he succeeds.

What I Disliked

The book is obviously written to theological students; the language would be quite difficult for the typical beginning learner to swallow. Unfortunately, it is the typical beginning learner that really needs to hear this. Thielicke perhaps would have been better served using less lofty language.

The book first was translated into English in 1962. Some of the theological issues that cropped up in the Thielicke's time are no longer as pertinent. The book is dated--but if the reader can filter through some of the specific issues and see the heart of the matter he will be blessed.

Should You Buy It:

It depends on who you are. If you plan on reading quite a few theological materials and growing in your knowledge of doctrine then get this little booklet. You can read it in a short setting and will benefit for a lifetime. If you are not going to be diving into many deep issues then your money could be better spent elsewhere.
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