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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (November 13, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780310255994
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310255994
  • ASIN: 0310255996
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'As Wayne Grudem's 'Systematic Theology' contracts into a compact book, I do not lose my enthusiasm for the truth he loves and the clarity of his words.' -- John Piper, , Author

About the Author

Wayne Grudem is research professor of Theology and Biblical Studies at Phoenix Seminary in Phoenix, Arizona. He holds degrees from Harvard (AB), Westminster Theological Seminary (MDiv, DD), and Cambridge (PhD). He is the author of more than a dozen books including the bestselling Systematic Theology.

 



Elliot Grudem is Senior Minister at Christ the King Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Raleigh, North Carolina. He and his wife, Kacey, live in Raleigh with their daughter.

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It is very well presented & easy to follow!
Tom Lavelle
The chapters are between 3-5 pages, just long enough for a new Christian to read and digest the material without getting bogged down in a lot of detailed discussion.
Brett W. Avants
Wayne Grudem's "Christian Beliefs" is the best introductory book I've found on the topic of Christian systematic theology.
DPH

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Brett W. Avants on December 8, 2006
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Grudem's book is an excellent overview of the basics of Chistian beliefs from a Reformed point of view. The chapters are between 3-5 pages, just long enough for a new Christian to read and digest the material without getting bogged down in a lot of detailed discussion. That is not to say that this book is light on doctrine or details. All of the fundamentals are there. While it is written from a Reformed point of view, the book is applicable for all evangelical Christian perspectives. I know Pentecostal churches that use this book for new Christian classes. I am using this book as a text for a Christian Foundations class, and it is working well. For a new Christian, or for someone wanting to know the basics of Christian beliefs, this is a great starting point. For more in-depth study, I would also recommend Grudem's book Bible Doctrines, which is the next step up, and also his book Systematic Theology, which is extremely readable and detailed.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By T. Pantazi on September 15, 2006
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I love this book because the way Mr. Grudem speaks is like having a chat with a friend not talking to a intellectual. The issues he covers are clearly presented in ways that make it easy to follow. The systematic approach is clear and concise. Another thing I like is I can go back and grab a chapter for review and not have to worry about having read the other chapters. One final thought is that I appreciate how both sides of an argument are addressed. The author doesn't simply state the position he believes and leave you wondering about the other side of the story. He discusses the challenges that the theological position he is taking often faces.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By N. Day on March 20, 2006
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I have read Grudem's Systematic Theology and Bible Doctrine. Christian Beliefs provides a wonderful introduction and practical guide concerning the primary doctrines of the Bible. It is written in such a way that even the young reader can understand.

I have found Wayne Grudem to be clear and precise.
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32 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Farmer Poet on April 6, 2010
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Was happy to get this book and appreciate the clear, very simple way it explains classic orthodox beliefs. But I have some concern that while it only takes 4 pages to summarize Christ, 3.5 pages for the Atonement, 2.5 for Resurrection, it then devotes TEN pages to Election. Wasn't too keen on how the large segment of the Church which does not hold such a rigidly reformed view are characterized in that chapter as well - a wee bit condescending. So maybe the subtitle should be "twenty basics that every reformed christian should know." Otherwise, it's good!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Justin Hyde on April 28, 2011
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Grudem's Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine is my "go-to" book for questions on almost any point of doctrine. It is thorough yet accessible, easy to read yet well referenced. I love it.

His Christian Beliefs: 20 Basics Every Christian Should Know is helpful as well, but for very different reasons.

POSITIVES:
- Perfect for new Christians.
- Lots of helpful Scripture references.
- Great questions for review and application (at the end of every chapter).
- Helpful appendices on Historic Creeds and Suggested Further Reading.

NEGATIVES:
- Not great for non-Christians (or skeptics) because much of what is written leaves a skeptic's questions unanswered.
- Not great for mature Christians. I find myself going back to his Systematic Theology often because Christian Beliefs doesn't provide a full defense for many of its arguments.

I would highly recommend this for new converts, but don't think it's as helpful for skeptics. For the seasoned Christian, Grudem's Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine is a must!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Aspar on November 3, 2010
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This is the textbook for a Theology course I am taking. I find it informative, easy to read for a lay person. I understand that the author, Grudem, has a much more in-depth book designed for seminarians and/or [wo]men of the cloth; but this edition is concise and an easier read for our class purposes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dave on October 5, 2013
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Clear, concise and well supported by Scripture. Grudem does not impose his personal beliefs, but offers some of the more common interpretations of Christian beliefs and their Biblical foundation. When he does offer his opinion on a matter (rarely); he states it is his interpretation and consequently encourages personal study and reminds the reader that many questions may not be answered.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Allen on June 9, 2013
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There are great truths in this book, but it is like sitting in a classroom with a professor just going through the facts and figures...there seems to be no life.
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