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  • Hardcover: 864 pages
  • Publisher: P & R Publishing; Assumed First edition (June 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875522637
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875522630
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.1 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #368,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

Readers familiar with Frame’s analysis of historic doctrines and current questions will welcome this long-awaited second installment in the Theology of Lordship series. Here he examines the attributes, acts, and names of God in connection with a full spectrum of relevant theological, ethical, spiritual truths.

The Doctrine of God received the 2003 ECPA Gold Medallion Award in the Theology and Doctrine Category. Congratulations, Dr. Frame, for this award reflecting many years of study on the topic of God's attributes and character.

About the Author

John M. Frame is professor of systematic theology and philosophy at Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando campus. Among his published works are No Other God, The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God, and Cornelius Van Til: An Analysis of His Thought.

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John M. Frame (AB, Princeton University; BD, Westminster Theological Seminary; MA and MPhil, Yale University; DD, Belhaven College) holds the J. D. Trimble Chair of Systematic Theology and Philosophy at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando and is the author of many books, including the four-volume Theology of Lordship series.

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This book needs to be in every serious believer's library.
Nathan Hogan
I. Summary John Frame expounds his doctrine of God from the foundation of Sola Scriptura which forms the basis of all biblical doctrine.
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Several times after reading portions of this book, I reflected on the awesome glory of God with fresh insight.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By J. F Foster on December 28, 2004
Format: Hardcover
John Frame has delivered us a very big book addressing an infinitely bigger topic - the Doctrine of God. It is a book that is thorough in its coverage, clear in its language and thought, and organized in its presentation. All of this is important since Frame's methodology is unconventional to the point where some academic controversy has ensued - though most readers, I suspect, will not notice one way or the other. It is a heady read in spots, but is a book that is much needed and worthy of serious perusal.

Frame properly mentions early on that the Protestant Reformation did not really touch on the area of Theology Proper that much. The Reformation focused on other theological loci such as soteriology and ecclesiology, but left much of the medieval understanding of Theology Proper fairly intact. Therefore, Frame's book, along with some other books that have come out recently, really represent the first serious attempt to apply Semper Reformanda to the Doctrine of God, and it is an effort that is long overdue. Frame's considerable interaction with non-evangelical views of God in this book amplify the fact that evangelical Protestantism has, for way too long, failed to develop a distinctly Protestant understanding of God that sets a reliable standard against heterodoxy.

In this book, Frame emphasizes the concept of God as covenant Lord, and develops much of the book in accordance with this organizing principle. While Frame is careful to note that covenant Lordship is not the only legitimate way to organize a Theology Proper, it is nonetheless a compelling approach given its constant theme throughout Scripture.
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57 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Justin G Taylor on July 3, 2002
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The Doctrine of God may very well be the best book ever written on the doctrine of God. John Frame expounds God's covenant lordship in a way that causes one to worship God in spirit and truth. His biblically-grounded methodology yields many fresh insights into the control, authority, and presence of our covenant Lord in the context of his acts, descriptions, and Trinitiarian presence. I highly commend this deeply profound and persuasive book. I am confident that it will be worth the investment of time, money, and labor to digest its contents.
--Justin Taylor
Director of Theological Resources & Education
Desiring God Ministries
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 27, 2004
Format: Hardcover
John Frame has done an outstanding job of taking a very complex topic and put it in a very simple and engaging languague for all those who truly seek to know God. This book changed my relationship with God. It is so comprehensive that I keep it next to my Bible. I have referred to it so many times since I first read it. I strongly recommend it to all serious students of the Bible.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Hogan on March 13, 2003
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I found this book to be incredible. I sincerely appreciated Frame's balanced and kind-hearted approach to theology. He handled issues that have many people up in arms with love and respect. I have yet to see such a readable, comprehensive, and profound book that so easily defends the Reformed faith. I particularly enjoyed the portion on the immutability of God. Frame handles this masterfully! This section alone is worth the price of the book. John Frame is to be commended for his achievment in this book. I am anxiously anticipating the future books in this series. This book needs to be in every serious believer's library.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By C. LLoyd Chesser on August 3, 2002
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Several times after reading portions of this book, I reflected on the awesome glory of God with fresh insight. Frame commands your attention with concisce and clear ideas. He presents his "multi-prespective" approach, which parenthetically includes the Lordship of God. Frame tackles the difficult issues without compromising the nature of God. Among others, he covers the attributes, the Trinity, and the problem of evil. Get it!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By sixsteps on March 18, 2008
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Introduction

The popularity of J.I. Packer's classic book, Knowing God (1973), is evidence to the widespread desire in today's church to reclaim the center of Christianity in the knowledge of God. In recent times, the need to understand why major disasters and calamities have occurred underscores the yearning of the society at large to understand who God is and why He does what He does, why He would allow so much suffering to occur if He is truly good. More recently, in response to 9/11 or the bridge collapse in Minnesota, many Christians are even questioning whether or not God truly had control of the events. Some have argued that God allows and uses suffering in the world to amplify the dire need in people to repent of their sins, including unbelief, and to put their trust in the atoning work of Christ on the cross. In spite of this, many still are left dumbfounded by life's circumstances about the will of God in all these things.

This pervasive rejection of the God of Scripture in secularism and alternative spirituality and religions compels us as Christ's ambassadors to call unbelievers to be reconciled with God (2 Cor 5:20). What this undeniably implies is that we actually know this God of whom we confess, so that we would be ready in season and out of season, to give a biblical defense for the hope we have in Jesus Christ (2 Tim 4:2; 1Pet 3:15). While postmodern epistemology may be accurate to assert that we cannot exhaustively know everything about God, we can however know with certainty everything that God has explicitly revealed about himself in Scripture. In "The Doctrine of God", John Frame, professor of systematic theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, provides a concise exposition of theology proper as defined in Scripture.

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