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  • Hardcover: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (April 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310230136
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310230137
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.6 x 2.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gregg Allison is Professor of Theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is a recognized expert on Catholicism and historical theology. Gregg is author of Zondervan’s Historical Theology (2011).

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I am Professor of Christian Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where, in addition to teaching the three core theology courses, I teach electives on the doctrine of Scripture, the doctrine of humanity (with a focus on human embodiment), the doctrine of the church, historical theology, and Roman Catholic theology. I do occasional teaching for the Institute of Biblical Studies and Re:train. I am also secretary for the Evangelical Theological Society and serve on the editorial committee as book review editor (in the areas of theology, history, philosophy, etc.) and referee (for articles).

I was born and raised in Chicago, which means I am a Bears fan, Bulls fan, Blackhawks fan, and Cubs fan (and hate the White Sox). I have a B.S. in biology, a M.Div., and the Ph.D. in Systematic Theology. Beside teaching and writing, I enjoy reading, sports, music, and the outdoors. I swim a mile five times a week to keep healthy.

My wife Nora and I were married in 1976 and have three grown children: Lauren is married to Troy, lives in the Seattle area, and has two kids (Caleb and Alia) with another on the way; Hanell is married to Mike, lives in Louisville, and has two kids (Annelie and Hudson); Luke is a senior at Union University majoring in math and secondary education with a minor in Church history.

Some unusual tidbits about me: while in high school I designed the offical seal of my city (Riverdale, Ill.); my wife and I had a private audience with Pope John Paul II (along with 9,998 other invited guests); we lived in Rome and the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland for a total of seven years.

Customer Reviews

Great complement to Wayne Grudem's Systematic Theology.
Laterrius Johnson
Gregg Allison has provided a wonderful resource to the church with this new work in Historical Theology.
Reid Monaghan
I received a copy of the book from Zondervan Publishers for reviewing it.
Harold Cameron

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By David P. Craig TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Gregg R. Allison has made a very useful and practical contribution to the study of historical theology - especially for those familiar with Wayne Grudem's "Systematic Theology." Gregg writes clearly and cogently for those of us who desire to go deeper into the historical foundations, development, and significance of each major doctrine of the Bible.

Allison gives us eight solid reasons for studying Historical Theology:

1) "helping [those who study it to] distinguish orthodoxy from heresy."
2) "it provides sound biblical interpretations and theological formulations."
3) "it presents stellar examples of faith, love, courage, hope, obedience, and mercy."
4) "to protect against the individualism that is rampant today among Christians."
5) "it not only helps the church understand the historical development of its beliefs, but enables it to express those beliefs in contemporary form."
6) "it encourages the church to focus on the essentials, that is, to major on those areas that have been emphasized repeatedly throughout the history of the church."
7) "it gives the church hope by providing assurance that Jesus is fulfilling his promise to his people."
8) "finally, as beneficiaries of the heritage of doctrinal development sovereignly overseen by Jesus Christ, the church of today is privileged to enjoy a sense of belonging to the church of the past."

This book is simply a marvelous plethora of useful information on the development of theology gathered in one place, synthesized masterfully by Allison for those who want to know how theology has come to us by the greatest theological minds in history.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I will preface my review by saying that I agree with David P. Craig's review above. Dr. Allison has written an accessible and weighty work that details the theological advancement of major doctrines of the Christian church through much of their historical development. The primary goal of the the volume is to provide an overview that dovetails with Wayne Grudem's Systematic Theology and Allison includes a table that details how his work dovetails with Grudem's. More than an addition to Grudem, however, the level of scholarship including the documentation from original source material, presents the reader with a wealth of critical source material references to back up the conclusions made within the work. A student can begin with Allison's book and conclude with a detailed study of original source documents that will shed light on our faith as once delivered to the saints and handed down through the faith and work of dedicated disciples of Jesus Christ to a generation not yet born.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mark Houvenagle on May 19, 2011
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Dr. Allison has made a great contribution to the Evangelical community. I have been studying the theological history of Creation. It has been difficult to find resources. My main sources have been Answers in Genesis' Dr. Terry Mortenson and Dr. Jason Lisle. (Dr Mortenson's work, that I've seen, has been mostly with the history of Evolution. Astrophysicist Lisle points out that evolution is irrational as a world view. Piecemeal I have collected serveral books and DVD's that have been helpful.) Greg Allison, though, has included the material I have found through AIG and has gone further back in history; studying the creation theology of Anselm, Augustine, Calvin, and others. If I could have only one resource on creation history I would want this book.

While I've talked only of the chapter on Creation, Allison's book is a wide and deep history of systematic theology. In the early 1980's I attended Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and took Elementary Greek from a 33 year old Dr. Grudem. Greg Allison was the top student in that class. I had written Greg Allison's phone number in my Elementary Greek Grammer so I could call him for help. Thanks for helping Greg, then and now.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dr. David Steele on June 14, 2011
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I waited for Gregg Allison's, Historical Theology for over a year. After carefully devouring over 700 pages, Allison's work does not disappoint.

Historical Theology is patterned after Wayne Grudem's, Systematic Theology and follows a topical-chronological framework that makes studying historical theology a real delight. For those familiar with historical theology, a discipline that is often presented in a dull and dreary manner, Allison's work is a gift that will be utilized and appreciated by many Bible students and pastors.

Historical Theology is arranged in seven sections:

Part 1: The Doctrine of the Word of God

Part 2: The Doctrine of God

Part 3: The Doctrine of Humanity

Part 4: The Doctrines of Christ and the Holy Spirit

Part 5: The Doctrine of the Application of Redemption

Part 6: The Doctrine of the Church

Part 7: The Doctrine of the Future

Each section follows a predictable pattern that moves readers through the respective doctrinal developments that begin with the early church and proceed to the middle ages, the Reformation, and the modern period.

The author presents historical developments in a fair and gracious manner. He alerts readers to matters that pertain to heretical proclivities as well as orthodox dogma.

Historical Theology will no doubt serve as the standard textbook in Bible College and Seminaries for many years to come.

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