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A Little Book for New Theologians: Why and How to Study Theology Paperback – September 3, 2012
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"A Little Book for New Theologians would make an outstanding text for introductory level undergraduate courses in theology, or for the continuing education of any adult desirous of a high quality inlet into this most excellent and exciting of disciplines. More seasoned students of theology will also discover much to be commended. . . . An able and earnest invitation to advance with increasing skill and integrity toward the end for which we were made―namely, knowing, worshiping and enjoying god." (John C. Clark, Trinity Journal, December 2013)
"In his latest book, Kelly Kapic's contagious passion for embracing the life-transforming potential for the discipline of theology captivated my attention, even in the first few pages. He inspires a renewed value and fresh perspective, arguing that the committed Christian cannot afford to discount theological study. . . . A Little Book for New Theologians is a 'must read' for the new or seasoned theologian. It provides a solid anchor for the nature of theological study." (Ava Oleson, Encounter: Journal for Pentecostal Ministry, Fall 2013, Vol. 10)
"This book delivers on its promise to explain why and how to study theology. . . . Kapic offers much wisdom in a small package. This book could be given as a gift to someone embarking on the study of theology, used as a guide for small group study or mentoring relationships, or even chosen as a required text for an introductory theology class." (Mary L. VandenBerg, Calvin Theological Journal, April 2013)
"New theologians can learn a lot from it, and if it challenges them in some places, then so much the better." (Gerald Bray, Themelios, November 2012)
"This concise guide, perfect for college and seminary students, offers gentle wisdom for beginners in the field." (ByFaith Magazine, Quarter 3, 2012)
"In a very short book [Kapic] draws on sources as diverse as the church fathers (Anselm, Origen of Alexandria, Augustine, Gregory Nazianzus), the writers on contemporary religion books (C.S. Lewis and Miroslav Volf), and the Book of Common Prayer used in the Episcopal Church. Worship is a central theme of the book because it is central to those who would be leaders in a church. His chapters on prayer and good knowledge of the Bible are central to teaching others how to live in and lead a church. . . . This book has appeal to anyone interested in a foundation in theology." (Publishers Weekly, August 13, 2012)
"For many Christians the word theology is synonymous with abstruse, irrelevant and boring. In this jewel of a book, Kelly Kapic shows that theology is really, as the Puritan William Ames said, 'the science of living in the presence of God.' This is a great primer both for new students of theology and for those well practiced in the discipline." (Timothy George, founding dean of Beeson Divinity School of Samford University and general editor of the Reformation Commentary on Scripture)
"To study with Kelly Kapic must be serious fun. His joy in teaching theology is infectious; at the same time he is in blood earnest in believing how essential good theology is to shape minds and transform lives for the glory of God. With delightful signposts from the great theologians of the past, A Little Book for New Theologians guides us to a mountain of unending discovery. Here is an ideal starter kit for the beginning theology student and an affection-refresher for those who have been longer on the way." (Sinclair B. Ferguson, professor of systematic theology, Westminster Seminary, Dallas)
"Kelly Kapic concisely states major characteristics of thinking theologically in this little book. For readers who wish a brief explanation of how the study of God functions with reason, prayer, study, humility and repentance, this is a very good beginning. Utilizing salient insights from Augustine, Calvin, Kierkegaard and major reform theologians, he maps out the territory for understanding that theology is naturally a part of living." (Thomas C. Oden, Emeritus Henry Anson Buttz Professor of Theology, Drew University)
"This 'little book' is about a topic that is bigger than life, namely how to begin to think after God. Indeed, this useful manual is based on the conviction that all Christians are already engaged in a theological task as they continue wrestling with the questions of faith. Deceitfully easy and highly accessible, this guide is based on the best of theological wisdom and tested classroom experience. Highly recommended." (Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, professor of systematic theology, Fuller Theological Seminary, and docent of ecumenics, University of Helsinki, Finland)
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The book is separated into two parts. In the first part Kapic covers why anyone should study theology. There's some great discussion about knowing and enjoying God and theology as a pilgrimage.
The second part of the book covers the characteristics of faithful theology and theologians. The highlight of this section was the chapter on doing theology as part of a community. This means allowing voices of past theologians to speak into our study, as well as being a part of the body of Christ and learning from other believers in their theological pursuit.
The book is titled A LITTLE BOOK FOR NEW THEOLOGIANS, but it's a great book for all believers whether they're just jumping into their study of who God is, or if they've been following Jesus for several years. It's a short book, but it's packed full of wisdom that will lead to a humble pursuit of knowing God.
I received this book for free for review from Intervarsity Press, and the opinions contained in this review are completely my own
His emphasis on a 'lived theology' underscores perhaps the most important of all lessons for a new theologian: all theology is practical. Theology is informed by the community of believers - past and present - and refined by 'doing' the Christian life, though always grounded in and tested by Holy Scripture.
Perhaps the most impactful chapters were the ones on prayer and suffering/justice. Kapic reminds us in the chapter on "Prayer and Sudy" that only through prayer can we prevent theological studies from becoming cold and detached; through prayer we ensure our studies lead to a closer relationship with God as opposed to merely learning about Him.
In "Suffering, Justice, and Knowing God," Kapic points us to the truth of Jeremiah 22:16 - we know God by defending the poor and needy. Our Triune God has concerned himself with a broken and sinful human race. And while salvation comes only through the work of Jesus Christ, we are all called to imitate our Creator through our concern for the helpless. Kapic keeps before us the glorious greatness of God along with His merciful nearness to creation.
Whether you are new to seriously studying the one, true God or you have multiple degrees in theology, "A Little Book for New Theologians" will encourage you in, as William Perkins called it, the "science of living blessedly forever."
Drawing from Scripture and a chorus of theologians through the ages, Kapic shows that theology arises out of the drama of relationship with God and the journey of our life with Him and each other. Theology involves reason and logic, to be sure, but theology involves the whole person (intellect, emotion, imagination, will) as we seek to understand and perform our faith with the company of saints. To know God is not just to know about God; it is know him personally and to respond to his Word and Spirit by doing justice, enacting joyful obedience, and walking humbly in the way of Jesus.
This may be a little book, but it is bulging with wisdom. It is an essential book, not just for new theologians, but for seasoned theologians too, all of whom need these salient lessons in why and how to study theology.
This book is an easy read yet full of great information, and is backed up with large amounts of relevant scripture.
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Good reading for older folks too. It reminds one of the real purpose of theology.Published 4 months ago by K. A. Anderson
The author has a magical way with words. A great book. So much good theology to consider.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book was pretty good and insightful. It helps the reader develop an understanding of how we should approach theology in practical ways. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Kelly Kapic is professor of theological studies at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. He earned a PhD in systematic and historical theology at King's College,... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Joseph C. Gunter
I had to order this book for a class and I have enjoyed it so much. It's a really great book for beginners in Theology. It's cute and small and I keep it on my desk. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Allison Wallace
Honestly, one of the best handbooks of theological topics I have read.Published 9 months ago by P. Bishop