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Moody Handbook of Theology Hardcover – June 8, 1989
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About the Author
PAUL P. ENNS (B.R.E., Winnipeg Bible College; Th.M., Th.D., Dallas Theological Seminary) is Minister thru Biblical Training & Leadership Development, Idlewild Baptist Church, Tampa, Florida and serves as Professor and Director of the Tampa Extension, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Enns also taught at Northwestern College in Minneapolis, and at both Dallas and Talbot Theological Seminaries. He has written APPROACHING GOD as well as four volumes of the Bible Study Commentary Series: JOSHUA, JUDGES, RUTH, and EZEKIEL. Dr. Enns, who has been predeceased by his beloved wife, Helen, has two sons.
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I like how the book starts with Biblical Theology and states that Biblical Theology should lay the foundation for Systematic theology. Too often, we develop our systematic theology first and then read that back into the Bible. This is backwards. We need to let God speak to us first in context, and then build on that foundation.
The book is well footnoted and points you to other excellent resources for further study.
The author is mildly Calvinist, dispensational, young earth and cessationist.
You are never going to agree with an author on everything, especially in a book that touches on as many subjects as this one does. I am not Calvinist or cessationist, so I had some disagreements with him in places.
The only negative for me is that he did not do a very good job in the systematic or Biblical theology sections discussing the Biblical evidence against his views and for the opposing views. That may be because of the nature of the book, but it still felt like the book could have been a bit more balanced. There are Calvinist statements like "regeneration happened in the Old Testament" that are not well supported. I wish it was that presented the alternative views better and did not argue so strongly for Calvinistic thought. The section in systematic theology on the Holy Spirit is not well done. Cessation is taught dogmatically. Cessation is not at all a Biblical doctrine, but it is man interpreting the scriptures in light of his own experience.
Overall, this book is an excellent resource. I will refer to it again many times in the future. This book is worth having in your library.
TOPICS: Enns covers many controversial and apologetic ideas about the Bible. Interesting topics include divorce and remarriage for elders, lordship salvation, King James only movement, replacement theology, the nephilim (Gen. 6) and the pre-wrath rapture theory.
NEGATIVES: Print ink is too light, much darker on first edition. Indexes are incomplete, some names from book missing. Enns seems to be going easy on the emergent church movement. Where are the damning quotes? Like "Brian McLaren Calls Hell and the Cross "False Advertising for God""!