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Systematic Theology: In One Volume Hardcover – October 1, 2011
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The Culminating Work of a Lifetime of Study and Research
Beginning with an introduction to theology and ending with last things, this complete-in-one volume covers the foundational concepts in Christian theology, including all the key topics from the widely praised original four volumes.
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He is the author/coauthor of more than 100 books including I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist, Twelve Points that Show Christianity is True, The Big Book of Apologetics, Baker's Encyclopedia of Apologetics, When Skeptics Ask, When Critics Ask, From God to Us, A History of Western Philosophy, Defending Inerrancy, Systematic Theology, If God Why Evil, Philosophy of Religion, Christian Apologetics, and Biblical Inerrancy.
Top Customer Reviews
In the over 1600 pages that makes up the book, Dr. Geisler comprehensively yet understandably writes about such subjects as The Bible, God, Creation, Sin, Salvation, The Church and Last things or "The End Times" as they are often referred to by Bible teachers. Dr. Geisler's book has been the textbook of choice, or on the list of books for recommended reading at the very least, for many Theology courses in Bible Colleges and seminaries across our land and for good reason as it is a scholarly book to be sure. However, the lay person can also sit down and read this book and understand what Dr. Geisler is writing concerning the subject material.
Dr. Geisler uses a vast amount of Scripture passages to confirm that what he is writing is true according to the Word of God about each area of Theology that he covers in his book...and that what he has written is not merely his opinion.Dr. Geisler however has many years of personal study and service to the Lord so his personal opinion would be held in high regard by any serious student of the Scriptures. He also shares varying schools of thought or opinions in the areas of theological study where there is question or disagreement among believers, for example as in the matter of what is going to happen in the End Times, (such as in regards to "the Rapture" and when it will occur or the Millennium and where that fits into the eternal time plan of God).Read more ›
Strong points: very thorough. Geisler includes sufficient information to make everything easy to understand, and includes (mostly) sound arguments against most of the alternative views (Geisler writes from an orthodox fundamentalist viewpoint). The book is well organized, ad the language is accessible to lay people without being to simple for the more serious student. Citations were very good.
Weak points: many of Geisler's arguments from a philosophical standpoint can be seen as weak. While they hold water, they aren't well-supported and there were several instances where I could see a particular theological stance being refuted by a clever debater. The saving grace is that he always offers multiple arguments for each example.
Overall: worthwhile for an apologetic, very good for a student or scholar as an addition to their theological library.
I have not, I admit, read the whole book but found it necessary to comment on the section dealing with the Roman Catholic teaching regarding the Eucharist. In a couple places both in the text and the footnotes the author shows a real lack of understanding regarding the Orthodox teaching on transubstantiation/real presence theology. He seemingly lumps our theology in with the consubstantiation of the Lutherans and Anglicans. This could not be further from the truth. Though the Orthodox don't typically use the word "transubstantiation" it cannot be denied that our belief is that our LORD Jesus Christ is really and corporeally present in the Eucharist. The difference between ourselves and the Roman Catholics is essentially a distinction without a difference. However it must also be said that in some older Russian catechisms such as the Catechism of St Philaret of Moscow that the word "transubstantiation" is used to describe the mode of presence regarding the Eucharist.
Overall I found this particular section very weak in its argumentation. The author would seemingly have us believe that we should believe modern Protestant exegesis of John 6 over against the consensus of the Fathers, the enduring Tradition of the Church. and the obvious and plain interpretation of the text.
Overall the book is very nicely laid out and should make a great reference for any student of theology be they Protestant, Roman Catholic or Orthodox.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love how Geisler takes difficult subjects and puts them into plain language.Published 20 days ago by Tony Fraley
Great comprehensive theology text. Not light reading by any means , but covers the entire field in an understandable manner,complemented by the highlights of the dry humor of... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Awesome heavy duty full of information book. Now I need to make the time to read it!Published 7 months ago by STEVEN P OLIM
I thought Norman Geisler commenced this work fairly well, and it is respectably well organized. Yet, I found that it would repeat itself, with the author constantly giving views... Read morePublished 7 months ago by J. G. Lewis
It absolutely did and even exceeded it. I highly recommend it.Published 8 months ago by Rev. Marllan Valerio
This is a great resource book for students of the bible. I use it when I need a scholarly resource for school. This really helped me in Theology class.Published 11 months ago by cicely morrison
I've wanted this book from the moment I first picked it up in my church book store...very thorough and easy to understand. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Shirley Deml
Writes in Academic circles. Author use flowery language. He is impressing no one.Published 11 months ago by Frank R Considine