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The Doctrine of God (A Theology of Lordship) Hardcover – May 1, 2002
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"A magnificent treatment that will be a standard work for decades. Frame stands in the great Reformed tradition . . . yet in his treatment of the doctrine of God he surpasses them all with an amazing breadth of knowledge and depth of understanding. In every section Frame brings fresh insight to old doctrines." --Wayne Grudem
"A meticulusly biblical, remarkably cogent, and powerfully transforming presentation." --Richard L. Pratt Jr
"A joy to read. It is an intellectual treat. . . . Preachers and academic theologians will soon count it an indispensable tool." --Donald Macleod
From the Publisher
Readers familiar with Frames analysis of historic doctrines and current questions will welcome this long-awaited second installment in the Theology of Lordship series. Here he examines the attributes, acts, and names of God in connection with a full spectrum of relevant theological, ethical, spiritual truths.
The Doctrine of God received the 2003 ECPA Gold Medallion Award in the Theology and Doctrine Category. Congratulations, Dr. Frame, for this award reflecting many years of study on the topic of God's attributes and character.
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If it isn’t obvious already: I enjoyed this book very much. I appreciated Frame’s desire to be biblical in his approach towards systematic theology and also his openness to admit areas he’s not as certain about or have concerns with. At the same time this book is robust in its presentation of what is clear from Scripture and this gives readers the confidence in the certainty of what God’s Word teaches concerning God’s attributes, actions and the Trinity. There was so many gold in the book. Here are a few:
• John Frame is right to note the Bible’s central theme of God’s covenant lordship. This observation concerning the Lordship of God is also the central theme of this work on the doctrine of God. Readers will be immensely edified with Frame’s discussion of the various aspects of God’s Lordship. A big part of Frame’s theology is his analysis of how these aspects which he call “perspectives” can be distinct from one another and yet are also interdependent.
• Often the perspectives Frame observes are triadic by nature. Many examples abound in the book and Frame even have the book’s first appendix be a list of these theological triads and other triads found in God’s creation. A big triad motif in the book is the paradigm that God’s Lordship is demonstrated in His control, authority and presence.
• Frame’s desire to be biblical enriches the contemporary discussion in theology of God’s imminence and transcendence. Frame critiques the unbiblical definitions and understanding of God’s imminence and transcendence. Often in unbiblical theology and philosophy God’s imminence and transcendence are pitted against one another however a biblical definition of each are actually logically consistent and without tension. Frame argues that biblical transcendence is really God’s control and authority as opposed to the unbiblical notion of transcendence that asserts God is unknowable. Likewise with a biblical view of God’s imminence Christians means God’s presence and the unbiblical notion that assert God is totally and fully knowable. One shouldn’t miss the diagram on page 113.
• There was six parts to the book and my favorite among them is part five that covers the biblical descriptions of God. It was an edifying read to go over God’s attributes. For instance I enjoyed the book’s discussion of the unchangibility of God on pages 566-572.
• While this work is theological and about theology proper I found that it was beautifully more than just another theology book. It is as if this work is also a work on apologetics, Christian philosophy and theological methods. Again this is the beauty of Frame’s Perspectivalism and also the beautiful exploration of how various doctrines and disciplines are inter-related so beautifully. It makes me worship God more profoundly reading this book!
Frame has a unique style among Reformed theologians. Having a preference for Berkhof and old Princeton guys (like Hodge, Murray, and Warfield), I did not immediately take to his style. I still do not have a strong taste for his trademark tri-perspectivalism. But I can say that his arguments are very persuasive. I am driven to doxology and devotion after reading Frame. His writing is clear, biblical, and robustly Reformed. With this book in particular, Dr. Frame demonstrates that he is to be counted among the great Evangelical theologians, like Packer and Berkhof. Wonderful book!
However, the work is arranged so that you can read one chapter at a time, and sometimes even one short section of a chapter, without feeling lost or overwhelmed.
This is well worth the minimal cost of purchasing it. Frame offers great insights and is "refreshingly" honest about things he does not have conclusions for. If you want to read it through, you won't be sorry. If you want it as a resource book to use at various times, you won't be disappointed.