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Charts of Christian Theology & Doctrine Paperback – July 28, 1992
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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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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.
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.
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.
1) page#3, Chart#1: Good, second statement in the Block about Revelation is not necessary in the presentation of "orthodox" catholic doctrine. We simply call these people what they are, DISSENTERS. See Vatican II document on Divine Revelation. Last sentence at bottom of page about Mary can be misleading to those unfamiliar with authentic Marian Dogma. See definition of "mediatrix" in catholic pocket dictionary.
2) page#11, chart#1: Good presentation of Liberation Theology, Statement about RC theologians in Latin America,(last sentence top block)should be stricken. a) only a very few tried this b) Pope John Paul II Squashed this heresy in the early 80's (See A&E's biography of JPII)
3) page#124(?)&125(?), chart#80: O.K. but not quite correct, WE DO NOT BELIEVE THAT CHRIST IS RE-SACRIFICED AT EACH MASS! See definition of "Mass" in Pocket Dictionary and the Catechism. Participants column incorrect. Laity may recieve the Eucharistic Lord under both "species": Body and Precious Blood. (I do every Sunday.) There was a period when the Laity were restricted but that had to do with a discipline imposed for health and abuse reasons rather than a Doctrinal mandate. However, we teach that HE is truely and completely present in both "species". See 1983 "Code of Cannon Law".
I was pleased to see in the Bibliography on page 144 that he does make use of Ludwig Ott's "FUNDAMENTALS OF CATHOLIC DOGMA". I did finally order this book thanks to your influence. It is a great masterpiece and I am making great use of it. I am a little surprised that Mr. H.Read more ›
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