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  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. (December 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802806740
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802806741
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #866,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jon Wymer on April 17, 2014
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I found Lints' The Fabric of Theology (FOT) through Timothy Keller's references to it in his book Center Church. When Keller relies on and recommends a book, my attention is sparked. Lints was not disappointing.

FOT is written from a conservative evangelical perspective. Lints finds much to affirm in conservative evangelicalism but also offers helpful critiques in at least two areas.

First, while upholding the traditional conservative evangelical approach to the inspiration of the Scriptures (inerrancy, authority, etc.), Lints clearly marks out a more humble path advocating that evangelicals not apply their description of the Bible to their own theology. Simply put, the evangelical's Bible is inspired and inerrant, but her theology is not.

Second, without trashing systematic theology or reducing its importance in any way, Lints offers extensive helpful comparison and differentiation between systematic theology (which looks at the whole Bible in terms of specific topics) and biblical theology (which looks at the whole Bible in terms of God's unfolding redeeming of creation and humanity).

FOT is a weighty evangelical voice on the work of creating theology in our time and place. Lints is worth reading and processing for evangelicals who see theological work as important for every generation.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Mangum on November 10, 2005
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This book was used in a class by the author and really helped me understand the issues with Evangelical theology (or the lack thereof), the importance of forming theology personally and in community, and how to go about such formation. I feel far more assured of my ability to discern my beliefs and to recognize the barriers/influences to my understanding. I believe I am more equipped to explain my beliefs in a logical fashion to others who may hold a different opinion.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ethan VINE VOICE on June 13, 2000
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Good discussion of preliminary issues such as the methods and sources of theology.
This is a wonderful, clear-headed approach to taking the deeper things of Scripture seriously. No fluff will be found in this book!
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By Prof Traverzo on November 17, 2014
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As a whole, this is an enlightening and well-written book. The author is a well-read scholar and appears respectful in his fields of knowledge. The fundamental flaw of the project is the assumption that the term "evangelical" means the same thing or all people at all times.

As a scholar in the field of U.S. and Latin American "evangelicos" the fact remains that there is no homgeneity in the understanding or appplication of the term. Donald Dayton had made the case that there is a clear bias in the use of the term and clear imprecision, as well.

The overall contribution of the text is therefore short-changed as it is assumed that 'evangelical" means one thing, when in fact it mean almost nothing. It the term applies to such a broad band of manifestation that range from UMC, ABC, CCDOC, RCA, PCUSA, and 100s of other independent manifestations of U.S. Protestantism, then we may wonder if this term means anything helpful at all?

Don Dayton was absolutely correct when he traced the breach to the old Princeton School and the Holiness movements of the "Riff-Raff" that continue to be a scandal to the power elite among those that attempt to hold captive the liberating history of the gospel.
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