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Dispensationalism Paperback – February 1, 2007
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For students and critics alike, take a careful read of this new work. Ryrie’s Dispensationalism underscores the crucial issue of defense: a literal, plain, normal interpretation of the biblical text. Set aside your presuppositions and give Dispensationalism a careful hearing.
-Michael J. Easley, President Emeritus, Moody Bible Institute
For all who seek to either understand the biblical basis for dispensationalism or who feel the urge to criticize or dismiss dispensational theology, this book should be read first and foremost. Dr. Ryrie’s contribution to theology and biblical interpretation is monumental. This is a must read!
-Mark L. Bailey, PhD, President, Dallas Theological Seminary
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I really have to recommend the book to everyone, dispensationalist or not, because it really is a very comprehensive look at the subject. Already being a dispensationalist, I have a much greater understanding of the belief, as well as an appreciation for the arguments for and against it. However, I felt that Ryrie left a few questions hanging and didn't really answer them well, for example, on page 85 he talks about how the dispensationalist believes that God has two distinct purposes, one for the Church, one for Israel. However, he never clearly said what those 2 purposes were.
As someone already stated, I, too, feel the book was quite defensive on the whole. It seems as though he was using some of the same fallacies towards the other beliefs (covenent theology, progressive disp.) as he was accusing their proponents of having towards dispensationalism. I realize this was one of the purposes of writing the book, but I just felt the tone didn't have to be quite SO defensive.
I think he did a wonderful job of dispelling some of the incorrect views antidispensationalists have on the belief.
My primary complaint, however, is the author seemed to be exceptionally negative towards progressive dispensationalism. Most of the accusations that he had toward that belief were on what the progressive COULD POTENTIALLY believe. His arguments against what they actually currently claim to be seemed to be quite weak considering even I could easily see the logical (and seemingly valid) response that the progressive would have.
It isn't an overly difficult read, but it's not your light reading, either.Read more ›
In Chapter 3, Ryrie outlines the various dispensations. While insisting they are not to be equated with a period of time, and admitting they may overlap and Ryrie argues for seven that basically correspond to different historical periods: Innoncency (Creation to the Fall), Conscience (the Fall to the Flood), Civil Government (Noah to Abraham), Patriarchal Rule (Abraham to Moses), Law (Moses to Christ), Grace (Pentecost to the Rapture) and the Millennium (the Second Coming to the Last Judgment). While dividing biblical history into periods is nothing new, many of the details in this chapter would be controversial, and it is useful for those wanting to understand modern Dispensationalism.
The same cannot be said about Chapter 4. Simply put, the book would be much better if this chapter was omitted.Read more ›
I did not enjoy the parts of the book where Ryrie tries to explain other camps of theology. He has a chapter on progressive dispensationalism, covenant theology, and ultra dispensationalism. I didn't feel like I got a good representation of these theological positions. Ryrie exhorts critics of dispensationalism to not blow down theological straw men, but it seems as if he does exactly that to other theological systems.
At the end of the book, Ryrie makes a plea for unity despite theological differences. Earlier in the book he listed some of the many things dispensationalists hold in common with covenant theologians. There is much more common ground than areas of disagreement. I agree with Ryrie on this point, the differences between the two camps are clear, but they are not major enough to lose fellowship over.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in understanding this particular camp of dispensationalism. I enjoyed reading the book. The book is easy to read, and the thoughts and arguments are outlined well. A must read for any serious theological student (dispensational or not).
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Incredibly flawed exegesis corrupt this book. The author goes to great lengths in assumptions and even admits this in her book. I could not believe it.Published 7 days ago by K. Chatham
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A more complete presentation building upon what C.I.Scofield initiated.Published 1 month ago by Mike
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