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Systematic Theology Hardcover – September 24, 1996
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His treatment of the Doctrine of God covers a lot of territory, but leaves something to be desired in covering the Attributes of God. His chapter on the Trinity, however, is most helpful.
He is decidedly Calvinistic in his approach to soteriology, giving an excellent treatment of the classical Reformed view of the "doctrines of grace." His chapters on the Atonement are among the best in Reformed theology; and his chapters on the respective parts of the Application of Redemption (regeneration, conversion, justification, sanctification, etc.) are helpful.
His doctrine of the Church is Presbyterian to the last, which is a demerit to the book, in my judgment. The final section on Last Things gives a helpful overview of futurist eschatalogy, with Berkhof rejecting premillenialism. His critique of Dispensationalism is helpful (and scathing!).
The strength of the book is its clear coverage of the Reformed position. At times it is too brief, especially when dealing with divergent views of the various subjects - but that is almost necessary in a book like this.
The greatest fault of the book is the author's lack of actual exegesis of texts. Most of his theology is sound, but his exegetical defense of it is not as clear as one could desire.Read more ›
I agree about the binding. It is sturdy enough (5 stars), but it is not "user friendly" (3 stars). The text nearly runs into the binding and its smaller size makes it hard to hold without it closing on itself. This makes it tough to read, holding it in hand while eating lunch. Still, the theological presentation is more important, so I give it 5 stars.
The drawback to these books is the publisher and not the author. The books are so small that the binding tends to crack easily and the book will not lie open for you to read and write without holding the page where you are located. The poor binding is my only reasoning for giving this book a 4 star rating. The author gets a 5 star, the publisher gets a 4.
Where do I start? First off, the font size is terrible. So if you are over 58 the eye strain is quite significant. Then comes the print type. It is almost as if someone churned out copies in his garage. The printing is extremely bad. Sentences contain words that after a letter or two turn light and then dark and in a few instances downright smudgy. Was the typeset dirty? Did you run out of ink? True, this edition contains Berkhof's introductory section which is a bonus. But what good is it if the production quality is abysmal?
How unfortunate that such a magnificient work is so insulted.
Mr. Publisher, check out Shedd's Dogmatic Theology by P and R Publishers. That is how one presents a text of significance.
If you have the Banner Of Truth edition do not trade it in lest you rue the day.
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While I am not in complete agreement with Dr Berkhof all matters (baptism and eschatology for example), his work is a classic. He has that rare ability to be clear and concise. Read morePublished 4 months ago by KenMor
Textbook used for the Theology Course at Christian Leaders Institute. Great course with an understandable textbook. Best price I found and quick deliveryPublished 5 months ago by Terrell Elliott
Great reprint and a fair assessment of Systematic Theology. I found it to fill in the gaps of other reformers.Published 6 months ago by robert kokesh
This is a good Systematic theology, perhaps as good as one can get outside of the Bible. Yet, though his general perspective and bearing being superb, it is hampered by an... Read morePublished 7 months ago by J. G. Lewis