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Understanding Christian Theology Hardcover – September 25, 2003


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  • Hardcover: 1408 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; First Edition, First Printing edition (September 25, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785250328
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785250326
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.9 x 2.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #860,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Charles R. Swindoll has devoted his life to the accurate, practical teaching and application of God’s Word and His grace. A pastor at heart, Chuck has served as senior pastor to congregations in Texas, Massachusetts, and California. Since 1998, he has served as the founder and senior pastor-teacher of Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas.



Roy B. Zuck is Senior Professor Emeritus of Biblical Exposition at Dallas Theological Seminary. He has authored or edited more than 70 books on Christian Education and Bible exposition.


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Dr. Charles R. Swindoll is senior pastor of Stonebriar Community Church, chancellor of Dallas Theological Seminary, and the Bible teacher on the internationally syndicated radio program Insight for Living. He has written more than thirty best-selling books, including STRENGTHENING YOUR GRIP, LAUGH AGAIN, THE GRACE AWAKENING, and the million-selling GREAT LIVES FROM GOD'S WORD series. Chuck and his wife, Cynthia, live in Frisco, Texas.

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Easy to understand and very practical.
Padunkiaet Vejvechaneyom
If you aren't a dispensationalist but want a single systematic theology as represenative of that genre of theology, this is an excellent choice.
Michael Kear
I am a bible school teacher and the use of this book is a great addition to my library.
Van J. ALEXANDER

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By theologicalresearcher on May 9, 2004
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Here is a systematic theology that combines pastoral concern with theological scholarship. The book is a sum of contributions from several dispensational scholars. (Actually, the book is a combination of previous works put together.) Unlike many modern systematic theology books, this one is very practical and will be very useful for pastors or laypeople (not to mention that it is quite easy to read). The book covers all the major topics in systematic theology (from bibliology to eschatology). Though it is true that the dispensational system is slowly losing scriptural warrant and credibility, this book should not be passed by. Even Walvoord's section on eschatology is quite sane compared to the off-the-wall books on end times that are out there. Readers should realize that dispensational scholars are not dummies but really know their stuff. Unfortunately, many think that adhering to the dispensational system automatically puts one in the unsophisticated anti-intellectual category (however, many outstanding biblical scholars [e.g., Darrell Bock, Daniel Wallace, etc.] are dispensational). The only criticism, as pointed out below, is that the index could have been organized better. Instead of only major topics being referenced, the editors should have referenced sub-topics too. This book will be a nice addition to any Christian library. It may not be technical, but the pastoral spirit that comes out of every chapter makes this a very good reference for those who want to strengthen their faith and understand the basics of conservative evangelical Christianity.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Michael Kear VINE VOICE on January 20, 2009
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This is a very nice one-volume overview of dispensational theology. The large volume is actually made up of ten separate and previously written books which have been brought together to form one systematic theology. The point of view is dispensationalism of the Dallas Theological Seminary variety. Because it is made of of 10 different books (and authors), it is extremely readable one section at a time. Not nearly as detailed as Lewis Sperry Chafer's unabridged Systematic Theology.

If you aren't a dispensationalist but want a single systematic theology as represenative of that genre of theology, this is an excellent choice.

If you are a dispensationalist, you'll also want Charles Ryrie's Basic Theology, Chafer's Systematic Theology, and perhaps Norman Geisler's 4-volume Systematic Theology as well. But this is a great place to start.

Very nice hardcover binding - I believe it is mylar. The print is small, but not unusually so for a 1,400 page theological book. Very readable.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Reginald L. Clay on November 2, 2005
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I've read a few theology books and this one stands out. A great compilation of doctrines along with pastoral notes. Any serious pastor or teacher must have this book in their library; rich in history and bible verses outlined. ***** Stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Padunkiaet Vejvechaneyom on April 2, 2010
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Written by several authors who specialize in the topic they wrote. This book brings together the work of ten noted biblical scholars, each committed to bringing their respective area of specialization to the text. In depth treatments in many points that could not find in detail in other one volume theology texts. Easy to understand and very practical. If I could have known this book many years ago, I would have abandoned my other theology texts!!!!!

This book now is out off print and can be ordered only from a few major bookstores or from many small bookstore dealers in the USA. I did buy this book from an Amazon book dealer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By InHisHand on October 10, 2012
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This book is not quite a Systematic Theology, though it acknowledges and commends the weighty efforts spent by many theologians to develop them. This book builds on existing Systematic Theologies to present a reader-friendly outline for, and deeper explanations behind, contemporary evangelical doctrine.

It seems the intended target audience of this book is anyone interested in genuinely grasping why the present church holds to certain doctrines of the faith. Laymen and pastors will both find the volume well within their ability to comprehend (since the language of the ivory tower academic scholar is not used); yet this work is by no means shallow or juvenile.

Every one of the contributing authors is in some way related to Dallas Theological Seminary. The work is unabashedly evangelical and dispensational. Some may find it odd that it is not entirely cessationist. It gives allowance for the Holy Spirit to continue such gifts as tongues and predicts an eventual return of the inerrant prophet at the end of the age.

Extremely difficult issues are also presented, though dogmatic conclusions are often avoided. For example, in an entire section dedicated to discussing infant salvation the varied theories are examined for their strengths and weaknesses while placing them into historical context. The final answer is suggested but not dictated.

As a serious introduction intended to make doctrine and theology available to any and all (not just scholars or seminary students seeking advanced degrees) this volume absolutely shines. It is actually fun to read and does not belittle the novice while also not shying away from deep subject matter. This will make an excellent resource for an enormous collection of believers who are curious about their faith.
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