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  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Academic (August 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830839755
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830839759
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"For many Christians the word theology is synonymous with abstruse, irrelevant and boring. In this jewel of a book, Kelly Kapic shows that theology is really, as the Puritan William Ames said, 'the science of living in the presence of God.' This is a great primer both for new students of theology and for those well practiced in the discipline." (Timothy George, founding dean of Beeson Divinity School of Samford University and general editor of the Reformation Commentary on Scripture)

"To study with Kelly Kapic must be serious fun. His joy in teaching theology is infectious; at the same time he is in blood earnest in believing how essential good theology is to shape minds and transform lives for the glory of God. With delightful signposts from the great theologians of the past, A Little Book for New Theologians guides us to a mountain of unending discovery. Here is an ideal starter kit for the beginning theology student and an affection-refresher for those who have been longer on the way." (Sinclair B. Ferguson, professor of systematic theology, Westminster Seminary, Dallas)

"Kelly Kapic concisely states major characteristics of thinking theologically in this little book. For readers who wish a brief explanation of how the study of God functions with reason, prayer, study, humility and repentance, this is a very good beginning. Utilizing salient insights from Augustine, Calvin, Kierkegaard and major reform theologians, he maps out the territory for understanding that theology is naturally a part of living." (Thomas C. Oden, Emeritus Henry Anson Buttz Professor of Theology, Drew University)

"This 'little book' is about a topic that is bigger than life, namely how to begin to think after God. Indeed, this useful manual is based on the conviction that all Christians are already engaged in a theological task as they continue wrestling with the questions of faith. Deceitfully easy and highly accessible, this guide is based on the best of theological wisdom and tested classroom experience. Highly recommended." (Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, professor of systematic theology, Fuller Theological Seminary, and docent of ecumenics, University of Helsinki, Finland)

About the Author

Kelly M. Kapic is professor of theological studies at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. He earned a PhD in systematic and historical theology at King's College, University of London and an MDiv at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. Kapic is the author or editor of numerous books such as A Little Book for New Theologians, God So Loved He Gave, Communion with God, and Mapping Modern Theology. Additionally, he has published articles in various journals, such as the International Journal of Systematic Theology, Westminster Theological Journal, Conversations in Religion and Theology, and Evangelical Quarterly.

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Kelly M. Kapic is professor of theological studies at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. Kelly is married to Tabitha, who has worked extensively in the non-profit world, including the areas of international relief and rehabilitation. Kelly and Tabitha have two children, Jonathan and Margot.

Under the supervision of Colin Gunton, Kapic earned a Ph.D. in systematic and historical theology at King's College, University of London (United Kingdom), an M.Div. at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida, and a BA in philosophy and history from Wheaton College. Kapic has written and edited numerous books, including A Little Book for New Theologians (IVP Academic, 2012), Ashgate Research Companion to John Owen's Theology (Ashgate, 2012), God so Loved He Gave (Zondervan 2010), Communion with God (Baker Academic, 2007), Overcoming Sin and Temptation: Three Classic Works by John Owen (Crossway, 2006); The Devoted Life: An Invitation to the Puritan Classics (IVP Academic, 2004), etc.

Kapic has also published articles in various journals, such as the International Journal of Systematic Theology, Conversations in Religion and Theology, Westminster Theological Journal, Evangelical Quarterly and Journal of Spiritual Formation & Soul Care. Two samples of Kapic's work in contemporary theology are: "The Son's Assumption of a Human Nature: A Call for Clarity," IJST and "Trajectories of a Trinitarian Eschatology," in Trinitarian Soundings in Systematic Theology, edited by Paul Louis Metzger, cm. New York: T & T Clark International, 2005. He also serves as a contributing editor for Cultural Encounters: A Journal for the Theology of Culture.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tom Farr on September 24, 2012
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A LITTLE BOOK FOR NEW THEOLOGIANS by Kelly M. Kapic is a great biblical introduction for any theologian. Kapic defines theology as "an active response to the revelation of God in Jesus Christ, whereby the believer, in the power of the Holy Spirit, subordinate to the testimonies of the prophets and apostles as recorded in the Scriptures and in communion with the saints, wrestles with and rests in the mysteries of God, his work and his world." By defining theology and expounding upon it in this way throughout the book, it is clear that all believers in Christ are meant to be theologians. We all do theology because we all think about God. Theology is very relevant to our lives.

The book is separated into two parts. In the first part Kapic covers why anyone should study theology. There's some great discussion about knowing and enjoying God and theology as a pilgrimage.

The second part of the book covers the characteristics of faithful theology and theologians. The highlight of this section was the chapter on doing theology as part of a community. This means allowing voices of past theologians to speak into our study, as well as being a part of the body of Christ and learning from other believers in their theological pursuit.

The book is titled A LITTLE BOOK FOR NEW THEOLOGIANS, but it's a great book for all believers whether they're just jumping into their study of who God is, or if they've been following Jesus for several years. It's a short book, but it's packed full of wisdom that will lead to a humble pursuit of knowing God.

I received this book for free for review from Intervarsity Press, and the opinions contained in this review are completely my own
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Dickinson on December 9, 2012
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I bought this little book to use with my kids, as a supplement to our homeschool curriculum. I'm enjoying it myself, too, for its easy, conversational style and the quotes interspersed with the text. I admit that I chose this book over others because my son worked for Mr. Kapic while attending Covenant College. :) But now that I've begun reading it, I know the book was worth every penny. And I understand why so many Covenant students adore having Dr. Kapic as an instructor!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Taylor on September 12, 2012
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Theology, the study of God, is practiced by everyone. We all have ideas of God and so we are all theologians. As many have noted, the question is whether we are good or bad theologians. Kelly Kapic in his short book articulates a clear vision of how to study God rightly.

His emphasis on a 'lived theology' underscores perhaps the most important of all lessons for a new theologian: all theology is practical. Theology is informed by the community of believers - past and present - and refined by 'doing' the Christian life, though always grounded in and tested by Holy Scripture.

Perhaps the most impactful chapters were the ones on prayer and suffering/justice. Kapic reminds us in the chapter on "Prayer and Sudy" that only through prayer can we prevent theological studies from becoming cold and detached; through prayer we ensure our studies lead to a closer relationship with God as opposed to merely learning about Him.

In "Suffering, Justice, and Knowing God," Kapic points us to the truth of Jeremiah 22:16 - we know God by defending the poor and needy. Our Triune God has concerned himself with a broken and sinful human race. And while salvation comes only through the work of Jesus Christ, we are all called to imitate our Creator through our concern for the helpless. Kapic keeps before us the glorious greatness of God along with His merciful nearness to creation.

Whether you are new to seriously studying the one, true God or you have multiple degrees in theology, "A Little Book for New Theologians" will encourage you in, as William Perkins called it, the "science of living blessedly forever."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wesley Vander Lugt on September 20, 2012
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For years, Helmut Theilicke's A Little Exercise for Young Theologians has initiated budding theologians into the art of doing theology and being a theologian. It is in the spirit of this brilliant book that Kelly Kapic has written A Little Book for New Theologians, which dispels any misguided notion of theology as a dry, academic exercise done by intellectuals in their isolated, ivory towers.

Drawing from Scripture and a chorus of theologians through the ages, Kapic shows that theology arises out of the drama of relationship with God and the journey of our life with Him and each other. Theology involves reason and logic, to be sure, but theology involves the whole person (intellect, emotion, imagination, will) as we seek to understand and perform our faith with the company of saints. To know God is not just to know about God; it is know him personally and to respond to his Word and Spirit by doing justice, enacting joyful obedience, and walking humbly in the way of Jesus.

This may be a little book, but it is bulging with wisdom. It is an essential book, not just for new theologians, but for seasoned theologians too, all of whom need these salient lessons in why and how to study theology.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Satisfied on September 17, 2013
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This book is a great start for anyone desiring to go deeper in theological studies. Read it as you are hearing instructions from an older friend, cautioning against the pitfalls of pride yet always encouraging you to seek more and learn more.

This book is an easy read yet full of great information, and is backed up with large amounts of relevant scripture.
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