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  • Series: ZondervanCharts (Book 22)
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (July 28, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310416612
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310416616
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charts of Christian Theology and Doctrine provides students of theology with precise and condensed summaries of the concepts and arguments from the fields of theology and doctrine. It does this by introducing readers to important terms and positions and their meanings. The value of this book lies mainly in its use as a handy reference that allows readers to organize and integrate the material learned from other textbooks and in the classroom.

About the Author

H. Wayne House (ThD, JD) is distinguished research professor of biblical and theological studies at Faith Seminary, Tacoma, Washington, and an adjunct professor of law at Trinity Law School, Trinity International University. He is the author of numerous books, including Charts of Cults, Sects, and Religious Movements; and Charts of Christian Theology and Doctrine; and Charts of Apologetics and Christian Evidences. Dr. House is past president of the Evangelical Theological Society. He and his wife Leta reside in Silverton, Oregon.

Customer Reviews

I highly recommend it as a very handy, helpful reference.
Paul R. Bruggink
For instance, if you wanted to better understand the issue of Calvinism vs. Arminianism, House gives views from both camps.
E. Johnson
It originated and explains some of the best charts in this chart book.
Roy Massie

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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful By E. Johnson on January 29, 2001
Format: Paperback
I am looking at some of the other reviews, and 4 of the 5 people who have responded have criticisms of this book because they apparently felt that House did not accurately portray their pet doctrine or church. I'm guessing that in a chart book like this, the author will never be able to please every single reader. What I like about this is that the material is simple to understand, and in just a few pages, House adequately summarizes a doctrine and the views Christians have on it. For instance, if you wanted to better understand the issue of Calvinism vs. Arminianism, House gives views from both camps. He doesn't tell you what to believe. Certainly if you rest on one side, you might feel like he "missed" important points that could have been made. But this chart book was not meant to be an exhaustive resource that would relieve you of further research on your own. The author merely meant this to be a starting place, to better understand the various views. Maybe this will help a person better sort through an issue and to come to a conclusion about which view is the most biblical and therefore accurate. I have used these charts in explaining different doctrines (i.e. the Trinity). It's worthy of the investment.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Roy Massie on May 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
I use this book alot to help get the big picture and basic cases for various theological views. The author does a good job of presenting the views of various systems. Most of the charts have the well known related scriptures and short arguments for and against the view.
I think it could be a little better if it had a detailed subject index in the back, but the table of contents is sufficient. It helps if the reader is familiar with the structure and topics of a systematic theology (prolegomena through eschatology). However, this is not the book for an depth study of any particular doctrine. It just helps you get the overall structure quickly. This is a good reference for the intermediate or early theology student. It's probably too terse for a true newcomer to theological studies but could be helpful soon after a little systematic study. This is not a criticism just something to be aware of before you purchase. It's a book of charts not detailed explanations.
For more meat get the Moody Handbook of Theology, by Pentecost, it's an excellent theology summary/introduction. It originated and explains some of the best charts in this chart book. One other thing - this chart book does not describe various church denominational teachings/differences at all. For that see Handbook of Denominations in the United States, by Mead.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By David Zampino VINE VOICE on February 9, 2004
Format: Paperback
. . .which, like the others in the series, will not please everyone, but provide a decent "starting point" for the interested student (primarily Protestant) in learning some of the most basic issues surrounding various theological topics.
It is also useful as a quick reference tool for explaining various theological positions in a "bare bones" or "introductory" fashion.
I own most of this seriee, and have found them helpful for what they are intended to be, but not without flaws.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 8, 1998
Format: Paperback
This is an extremely useful book for anyone who has questions about Christian theological issues. The book is layed out using tables, charts, and diagrams -- that is, outlines. It is not written in normal paragraph format.
For example, if you have a question about the Trinity, you will be treated with a brief history of the doctrine showing what doctrines were debated at the Council of Nicea; an ancient diagram of the Trinity that nicely shows the orthodox view of the doctrine, a chart of a Biblical Presentation of the Trinity, and a two-page chart showing five major views of the Trinity including the source of each, adherents, criticisms, and more.
I find this book incredibly useful and use it all the time.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gary Lowder on November 26, 2011
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I really wanted to like this book. I keep trying to use it as a tool to help my wife and I understand the distinctions between the various "isms" which Christians discuss. We are both college educated and reasonably Biblically literate. We found this book frustrating for a number of reasons, but the main recurring problem is that difficult subjects are consistently defined in terms that are incoherent unless one is already familiar with the viewpoint to begin with. How about this definition of the "Idealism" view of God:

"This philosophy is a mentalistic reductionism that explains a perceived dualism of matter and mind in terms of one all-inclusive mind. All components of the universe, including good and evil, become but a finite counterpart of the Infinite. All elements merge with the ultimate good. The good in turn represents ideal reality." (Section 13)

Or this definition of dynamic monarchianism:

"The notion of a subsistent God is a palpable impossibility, since his perfect unity is perfectly indivisible. The 'diversity' of God is apparent and not real, since the Christ event and work of the Holy Spirit attest only to a dynamic operation within God, not to a hypostatic union." (Section 23)

This book is probably good at getting some conversation going about these things. But we have found it generally unhelpful in actually understanding them at all, or even understanding exactly where position X differs from position Y. What this book lacks is clear articulation--in unambiguous language--of those points at which the various positions differ.
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H. Wayne House (ThD, JD) is distinguished research professor of theology, law, and culture at Faith Evangelical College and Seminary, Tacoma, Washington, and formerly was professor of law at Trinity Law School, Trinity International University. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Charts of Cults, Sects, and Religious Movements; and Charts of Christian Theology and Doctrine; Charts of Apologetics and Christian Evidences; Intelligent Design 101; and Reasons for Our Hope: An Introduction to Apologetics.

Dr. House travels each year to the Mediterranean and Middle East and has taught internationally in Asia, Europe, Africa, and the South Pacific. He enjoys reading, travel, playing word games with his wife and grandchildren. He is past president of the Evangelical Theological Society. He and his wife Leta reside in Silverton, Oregon, and have two children and five grandchildren.

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