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Renewal Theology: Systematic Theology from a Charismatic Perspective (Three Volumes in One) Hardcover – August 6, 1996


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  • Hardcover: 1470 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (August 6, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310209145
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310209140
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 2.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Renewal Theology deals with the full range of Christian truth from within the charismatic tradition. Previously published as three separate volumes, Renewal Theology represents the first exhaustive, balanced articulation of charismatic theology. Renewal Theology discusses: Book One--God, the World, and Redemption - Book Two--Salvation, the Holy Spirit, and Christian Living - Book Three--The Church, the Kingdom, and Last Things. As theology, this work is an intellectual achievement. But it is much more than that. The author urges the church to undertake its task of theology in the proper spirit: - an attitude of prayer - a deepening sense of reverence - an ever-increasing purity of heart - a spirit of growing love - a theological approach rooted in the glory of God. Done in such a spirit, theology becomes a faithful and powerful witness to the living God.

About the Author

J. Rodman Williams (PhD, Columbia University) was professor of theology at Regent University, School of Divinity, in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

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A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Davidson College with a Th.M from Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, J. Rodman Williams was subsequently ordained in the Presbyterian Church and served as a chaplain attached to the First Marine Corps on Okinawa and in China during World War II. During the many following years, he was a college professor, a church pastor, a professor of theology at a Presbyterian seminary in Texas, then another seminary in California, and lastly a professor in the school of divinity at Regent University in Virginia.

Williams authored many books, his magnum opus being a three volume work entitled Renewal Theology (Vol. 1: God, the World, and Redemption; Vol. 2: Salvation, The Holy Spirit, and Christian Living; and Vol. 3: The Church, the Kingdom, and Last Things. The three volumes are presently published as one unabridged volume entitled Renewal Theology (Zondervan, 1996).

For further information, see the website: renewaltheology(dot)net

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I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to go deeper into the Word of God.
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Just started reading the book & so far, is easy to understand & is answering so many questions I have had!
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This book was not only a great resource to have but has proven to be very useful to me in the ministry.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Zossima on July 8, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Pentecostalism is the largest movement of the past 100 years, easily accounting for 25% of all Christians in the world! The knock against it is that it has had no solid theological roots. Well, look no further. Williams' theology is solid. First and foremost, he worships God in this book. Second, he respectfully explains other viewpoints on issues (original sin, eschatology, gifts of the Spirit, etc.), while providing logical, scriptural arguments for his own. This and Grudem's _Systematic Theology_ are the only contemporary ones I own, and they are well-worn.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Oakland (moakland@logos.com) on September 11, 1998
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This book is well worth the reading. No "empty hands on empty heads" theology here! This book is a well-balanced, scholarly work. A must-read for every Christian with a desire to undergird their faith with reason. He graciously avoids the unfortunate extremes of "charismania" while holding to the conviction that God is STILL a God of supernatural power.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Keytutor on February 8, 2005
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This is a highly readable book dealing with systematic theology from a reformed position yet with a thoroughly Biblical exposition of the Holy Spirit, the role of the Spirit in a Christian's life, gifts of the Spirit, and the current renewal movement (which almost all other reformed theology ignores). Many have said that this book combines the intellectual foundation that the charismatic movement has needed. This book is for every Christian looking to strengthen their mind with the truth of God's Word while at the same time drawing one closer in that vital relationship with the Triune God that is absolutely necessary to make theology come alive in words and deeds. Many of my theologically untrained friends have read this book and have found it very easy to read yet life changing. It confirmed to them the reality and theological basis of the Holy Spirit in their lives today. It strengthened their understanding of the core doctrines of the Word of God. Dr. Williams' character and enthusiasm for the truth of God and the movement fo the Holy Spirit shines through each of the chapters. Christians will certainly be challenged with his exposition on limited atonement, and foreordination or predestination vs. free-will debates which he attempts to show another prespective that both miss. I highly recommend this book to every believer seeking to read a theological book that not only stimulates the intellect providing truth and wisdom from God's Word but also encourages the heart in one's relationship to God, the Church and towards the world.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By G. Maxwell on November 7, 2002
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For many years, Charismatics have been found wanting with respect to an authoritative systematic theology written from a Charismatic perspective. We have had to "borrow" the systematic theologies of others like Grudem, Schafer, et al. And this isn't bad in and of itself. But in areas such as pneumology, the current evangelical theology has always differed with the charismatic viewpoint, and has left the charismaric wanting in this and other areas.
But not any more.
Williams covers each important theological subject in a thorough fashion and provides a complete systematic theology for the Charismatically-inclined as well as for the body of Christ at large.
It is nice to see a sound theology advanced by an eminently capable scholar who embraces the charismatic world view.
I could not give the book five stars because for all its worth, Williams does not believe that healing is in the atonement--a staple for the charismatic community. But William's viewpoint in this area may be due to his Presbyterian roots.
Good book if you want a theology from a charismatic viewpoint.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 8, 1997
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Unlike many dry theology books, Renewal Theology by J. Rodman Williams is full of life. While learning the great truths of Theology, I often enjoyed an encounter with the Holy Spirit in these pages. My relationship with God was enriched while my mind was enlightened. Dr. Williams, a professor at Regent University, a graduate university in Virginia Beach, covers theology comprehensively and compassionately. His Presbyterian roots and experience combined with his vital life in the Spirit produce a classic work. Whatever your denominational persuasion, you should read this
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Seeking Disciple VINE VOICE on December 12, 2001
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I bought this book while attending an evangelical Bible college. This book was not only a great resource to have but has proven to be very useful to me in the ministry.
Williams will challange traditional charismatic thinking and he does a good job of presenting each doctrinal section with clear Biblical texts based on both the Greek, Hebrew, and various translations.
The one area I was challanged was in Williams views of the tribulation (he is post-trib whereas I am more pre-trib). Williams, being a Presybeterian pastor, does a great job of presenting his post-trib views as well as his insights into predestinationa, election, and God's sovereignty are good.
Buy this book! You will not regret getting a copy!
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J. Rodman Williams (1918-2008) was a charismatic theologian and Professor of Renewal Theology at Regent University (as well as the founding president of the now-defunct Melodyland School of Theology). This isn't the "only" systematic theology written from a Pentecostal perspective (see Systematic Theology: A Pentecostal Perspective, and Wayne Grudem's sympathetic Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine), but is certainly the most thorough.

This book was written from 1988-92, and has now been published as a single volume. Williams eschews the traditional categories such as "Sotierology," "Ecclesiology," "Eschatology," and so on, simply dividing the book into three parts (1- "God, the World, & Redemption"; "Salvation, the Holy Spirit, and Christian Living"; and "The Church, the Kingdom, and Last Things"), of fifteen chapters apiece.

Obviously, one cannot adequately summarize a 1,400-page work within the confines of an Amazon review; but here are some characteristic quotations (I have the original 3-volume edition, so my page numbers correlate to that):

"It is only through the continuing direction of the Holy Spirit that genuine theological work can be done." (V1, pg. 21)
"(T)here can be no basic difference between the truth the Christian community knows through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and what is set forth in Scripture.... However, in terms of that which is authoritative and therefore normative, what is written in Scripture always has the primacy." (V1, pg.
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