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From the Back Cover

ZondervanCharts are ready references for those who need essential information in a hurry. Accessible and highly useful, the books in this library offer clear organization and thorough summaries of issues, subjects, and topics that are key to Christian students. Titles in this growing series include Charts of Ancient and Medieval Church History; Charts of Reformation and Enlightenment Church History; Charts of Modern and Postmodern Church History; Charts of Bible Prophecy; Charts of Cults, Sects, and Religious Movements; Charts of World Religions; Charts of Christian Ethics; Charts of Christian Theology and Doctrine; Charts of the Gospels and the Life of Christ; Taxonomic Charts of Theology and Biblical Studies; Chronological and Background Charts of the Old Testament; Chronological and Background Charts of the New Testament; Chronological and Background Charts of Church History; and Timeline Charts of the Western Church.

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.
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Product Details

  • Series: ZondervanCharts (Book 22)
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (August 10, 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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #304,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. Johnson on January 29, 2001
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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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. . .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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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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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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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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