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Charts of Christian Theology & Doctrine Paperback – July 28, 1992
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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.
"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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Great book at a great price and the shipping time was super fast.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Perfect for teachers and students of the Bible. A wonderful aid or resource for those who wish to push their study beyond the basic.Published 22 months ago by R. Suggs