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Concise Theology: A Guide to Historic Christian Beliefs
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on December 19, 2012
Concise Theology by J.I. Packer could be considered a miniature systematic theology. The four general sections of the book are set forth as follows:

(1) God Revealed as Creator

(2) God Revealed as Redeemer

(3) God Revealed as Lord of Grace

(4) God Revealed as Lord of Destiny

Each section contains a short, but extremely pointed summary of a particular doctrine. The book is not designed to be a comprehensive systematic theology. Rather it is written with the layman in mind who has a desire to learn doctrinal truth or may not have the time to devote to a larger work. The precision with which this book is written may encourage readers to study further in a given area.

J.I. Packer continues to write in a way that many have grown to love and expect. Three basic strengths must be noted. First, the author emphasizes the greatness and majesty of God. Packer emphasizes that "theology is for doxology." He writes, "The truest expression of trust in a great God will always be worship, and it will always be proper worship to praise God for being far greater than we can know." Second, Concise Theology is a superb introduction to Reformed thought. Yet the author does not "wear his theology on his sleeve." This work may appeal to a broad range of people who otherwise may be reluctant to study Reformed theology. Finally, the most controversial points of Reformed theology are dealt with in an honest and forthright manner. The most engaging essays include Packer's discussion on particular redemption, the enslaved will, effectual calling, and the constitution of man.

The church owes a tremendous debt to Dr. Packer's faithful ministry over the years. May his tribe increase!
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on May 2, 2017
Packer at his best: concise introduction to many of the key reformed Christian doctrines as the foundation fro deeper study, before the student can then move on using additional materials from Packer himself,Fee, Grudem, Tozer, Witherington and the like. Excellent primer for serious Christian study.
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on January 13, 2018
I love this book, very concise on Theology and what you should believe, easy to read and understand.
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on May 5, 2017
Clear, concise and a helpful list of essential doctrines of the faith!
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on October 27, 2016
This is my kind of study resource. It is a primer for guys like me that need to start with the basics before going deeper (and this book then makes me want to dig deeper). I tend to give up too quickly when theology books try to feed me too much at the beginning. This one provides just two or three pages on each subject covered, which is perfect for me.
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on April 13, 2017
Good, concise, need to know Christian theology.
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on January 6, 2018
When it comes to theology, we read the Bible first and then pray, ponder and ask questions. JI Packer has written a most useful resource for Believing Christians. My faith journey and ability to communicate with others has been made better - and I am grateful.
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on January 21, 2018
I bought this for a friend of mine who has recently become extremely interested in systematic theology but got bogged down trying to read seminary textbooks. He absolutely loves this book and said it was exactly what he needed!
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on May 21, 2017
Breaks down theology into 2 page, easy to read, and understand sections. Great book for people new to the faith, as well as people who have walked the path for a long time!
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on April 17, 2017
Packer is always a winner. New book.
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