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Christian Doctrine, Revised Edition Paperback – July 1, 1994
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Guthrie's strongest chapter by far is on the Atonement, where he deals with many of the hard problems in a penal-substitution theory that normally obfuscate the fact that God is FOR us and loves us without abandoning the theory altogether. His chapters on the church, Holy Sprit, and the Trinity are also especially strong. Written in the 1960's Guthrie took on some of the hot topics of the day, which shows a sometimes prophetic voice, yet also a dated one. His view of Word Council of Churches is awkwardly optimistic, and his weakest chapters are on the subject of Predestination and Biblical studies, though he does have some helpful notes on subjects of general and special revelation.
Though some might be ascared of Guthrie's neo-orthodox moorings, I can heartily recommend this book to any evangelical who is looking for a bigger picture of Christian theology.
Furthermore, this book is said to be written in reformed perspective, but if what you mean with reformed perpective is reformed in the line of John Calvin, Jonathan Edwards, Charles Hodge or Louis Berkhoff, you may quite disaggree with some of Guthrie position.
Forgotten by many theologians, that the one-ness of God, according to Guthrie, means worshipping the one-true God whom the Scripture proclaims, and not the "-ism"s (77); thus he doesn't indermine the one-ness to philosophical speculations--God being one in his 'ontos'; henceforth he paves the way the prominence of trinitarian theologian. So interesting while discussing the Holy Spirit, he has spaces on Christian spirituality as "looking outside, this worldly and recognizing the ordinary work of the Holy Spirit." (298-302), and no doubt that this is a staunch Reformed spirituality.
For readers--pastors and lay people--please don't have reservation to pick this GREAT volume. Are you seeking a compact volume to nurture your mind, enrich your spirituality and grip your faith on solid foundation? This is ONE to choose.
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Guthrie’s book has some good elements to it, to be sure, but plenty of the content feels very much like an attempt to over-mystify and under-empower God and the truth and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Soares, Edgar B
This is THE go-to book for Presbyterian (Reformed) theology. Shirley was my theology professor in seminary, which does make me a tad prejudice, but he explains tough issues such... Read morePublished 5 months ago by CLSR
An unusually accessible and impressive volume detailing the typical reformed position on a host of theological issues: creation, predestination, sanctification, the future, sin,... Read morePublished 5 months ago by davidjordan84
Guthrie's original book was reasonably solid theologically. I studied from his first edition while in seminary. Read morePublished 8 months ago by James J. Taylor
Purchased book for college course work. Learned about the different doctrines of theology. Book was easy to understand which was excellent because my coursework is online classes. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Bernadette Hampton