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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 992 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Academic (July 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080542640X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805426403
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.6 x 2.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Daniel L. Akin is the president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. He holds a Ph.D. in Humanities from the University of Texas at Arlington and has authored or edited many books and Bible commentaries including Ten Who Changed the World and the Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary volumes on Mark and 1, 2, 3 John.

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The book has good basic information but could do without the wordiness.
Donnie Lee Gamble
Overall this is an excellent theology book that would be a great volume for any pastor, student or teacher to add to their library.
parkerj
A Theology for the Church editied by Daniel L. Akin is one of the best if not the best Baptist Theology book in print.
Dan A. Esterline Sr.

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jake Hunt on March 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover
A Theology for the Church is a unique book. It's a systematic theology by multiple authors, written on an academic level but with the goal of impacting the church as a whole. It is written by Southern Baptists but is applicable to all thinking Christians. The contributors disagree on some points, although they are united by their "passion for a revival of theological knowledge and understanding in the church."

The goal of the book is to present to the church a guide to the major headings of theology that will help pastors and laypeople both to learn sound doctrine and to see the importance, the relevance, of that doctrine. Toward that end, each chapter asks four questions about the doctrine at hand:

1. What does the Bible say?
2. What has the church believed?
3. How does it all fit together?
4. What is the significance of the doctrine for the church today?

This is a great approach, integrating exegesis, history, systematic theology, and application. This last section was especially great in most of the chapters I read. It's true that the study of theology involves the danger of divorcing the knowledge of God from "real life," but it's also true that the true knowledge of God, the ground of all reality, is invaluable in living in the real world.The application sections are dead-on in showing how our theology, good or bad, shapes our behavior, whether we admit it or not.

Because this book was written by a variety of authors and covers a vast amount of material, it's inevitable that everyone will disagree at some point. That was the case for me, although at most points I thought the treatments were fair even when I disagreed with the author.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Dan A. Esterline Sr. on September 24, 2007
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A Theology for the Church editied by Daniel L. Akin is one of the best if not the best Baptist Theology book in print. It is clear in its presentation of the different views within the evangelical context but is bold enough to take a stand on a view.
This is for the serious student of theology.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By M. P. Massey on September 19, 2007
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A Theology for the Church is a scholarly systematic theology text book with a decided conservative and evangelical orientation. The book is edited by the President of a Southern Baptist seminary which should be a big clue as to the book's theological composition. However, it is an excellent book with chapters by some of the finest theologians in America. The book's major challenge is its huge size (over 900 pages) which makes it a difficult read. A Theology for the Church provides a wealth of rewarding theological insights for those willing to work through its voluminous size.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mike Parks on April 23, 2010
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This is a superb contribution to the realm of systematic theology. It is one of the primary textbooks for theology courses at Southeastern Baptist seminary. The work is conservative and reflects Baptist doctrine. I have personally benefited from this text and commend it to all of those willing to "do the work." My only critic is the level of writing may not be applicable to the entire church, but caters toward the theologically trained. I find Wayne Grudem's work a better book to introduce systematic theology to the church.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike Tibbetts on September 10, 2013
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A well written text of the doctrines of the Christian faith. Great for a seminary student, but not so good for the casual reader.
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By parkerj on September 8, 2014
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Why study theology? In the Preface to A Theology for the Church - Revised Edition a very helpful answer is given to this question that also gives clarity to the purpose of the book. It states: "'The church of God, which He purchased with His own blood' (Acts 20:28) should be able to define and defend that body of truth committed to its care by God. The people of God must be equipped to distinguish truth from error, good theology from bad theology. Each contributor to this volume has a passion for a revival of theological knowledge and understanding in the church. We pray that the church, as a whole, would regain a love for the great doctrinal truths of God's infallible and inerrant Word and then take those truths to the ends of the earth for the glory of God and the good of the nations." Our desire as believers should be to gain a better knowledge and understanding of who God is and how He has revealed Himself so that we can glorify Him and present a right view of Him to others. That is the goal of studying theology and the purpose of this book.

My first thought when I browsed through the book was that with so many contributors it may be difficult for this book to have continuity. I noticed a pattern in every chapter that is explained as intentional. The editor states that, "A Theology for the Church follows a distinctive patter and a definite strategy. Each chapter is organized around four main questions, the order of which is significant: (1) What does the Bible say? (2) What has the church believed? (3) How does it all fit together? (4)How does this doctrine impact the church today?" It is this layout that helps to make a book by many different authors keep its continuity.
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