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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: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 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 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 13, 2013
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A wide-ranging and comprehensive prolegomena. Richard Lints offers sane advice from historical perspectives to the intricacies of the theological make-up of the Bible itself. He seeks to challenge modernity's fragmented portrait of reality and restore a picture with organic unity and a wholeness warranted by this world being God's. Although this text is clearly evangelical in its sympathies, some scholars cited are not from within this broad tradition of thought. Nevertheless, this is an exemplary text on outlining several issues that go into a modern theological endeavor that is faithful to scripture, relevant to our culture, and historically sensitive. A worthy work, indeed.
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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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22 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 10, 1999
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Finally, a voice of reason in the postmodern philosophical\theological quagmire. Lints (contra James McClendon and Nancey Murphy)does not fall prey to the tacit dynamics of ultramodernity with its ubiqitous and almost irresistable "pull" to ignore - if not deny - the God given fact of ontology. He not only resists the lure of such delusional epistemelogical "levitation" but navigates falicitously the perichoretic divine design of Scripture, culture, reason, and tradition, as all indispensible elements of the Orthodox (yet insuperably informed)modern\postmodern theological project. If I am not mistaken, this is his first excursion into the book publishing arena but with an almost uncanny intuitive savvy he has managed to fire an incredibly trenchant,concise, and cogent Evangelical "salvo" across the bow of the profferings of most of the more majesterial construals of the so called avant garde postmodern theologies. For any aspiring Evangelical thinkers, or scholars, that wish to engage such "fiat" interlocutors (notice that I did not say "dialogue"), or for veterans that simply want to be reminded of how theology is really done, this salient little tome will prove indipensable in calling us back to the all consuming and all encompassing fact that "the heavens declare the glory of our Lord". Admitedly all truth is Gods truth, accordingly,he inargueably demonstrates historic Christianity's power to remain unrivaled in its ability to subsume and assimilate what such truth really is and to situate it within the ultimate context - JESUS CHRIST,God incarnate - "through whom all things were made and through whom all things consist!!!" Thanks Richard for reminding us to defiantly and deliberately remain faithful by "getting started on the right foot!"May your tribe increase!
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