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Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine Hardcover – January 3, 1995
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'“As a theology professor at Biola University where our students have to take three semesters of Christian doctrine I feel like I co-teach all my classes with Wayne Grudem. His Systematic Theology provides the core theology content for all my classes and most of the other undergraduate theology courses at the University. It excels in its clarity, readability, and biblically based approach that seeks to get theology into real life. Systematic Theology consistently accomplishes its obvious goal throughout---to lead the reader to greater knowledge and worship of the God of the Bible.' Talbot School of Theology of Biola University -- K. Erik Thoennes
“Our college has chosen this work as a standard textbook for all theology students over the last 10 years. No other theology text combines readability, range of views, and the ever-essential quality of reinforcing our systematic theologies with scripture… Each chapter closes with application questions, special terms, additional bibliography, a cross-section of other systematic texts with page numbers, a passage for memory, and a hymn…all centered on the theology of that chapter. A treasure chest of theological resource and relevance---and that’s only the end of each chapter!” Toccoa Falls College -- W. Brian Shelton
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Wayne Grudem is professor of biblical and systematic theology at Trinitiy Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He holds degrees from Harvard (B.A.), Westminster Seminary (M.Div.), and Cambridge (Ph.D.). He is the co-editor of Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood
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Grudem's Systematic Theology has been the central text in a Systematic Theology Course I've been taking. Grudem diligently explores the detailed scriptural case for Calvinist theology and the TULIP tradition. Grudem's ability to skillfully move across and among traditions and understandings is remarkable. I thought it was extremely useful that Grudem provides references for each chapter into the parallels of other denominational systematic theologies inclusive of about every Trinitarian Christian tradition. Grudem considers the case for each of the reasoning's and the ordo salutis within a reader friendly and complete framework to be considered, rethought, resolved and perhaps settled adequately for the reader.
Having read other Systematic Theologies, I found that Grudem's presentation delivers the best scriptural to theology "processology" that I've encountered. I followed a number of his trails through both scripture and history as initiated by Grudem's thinking for the sheer enjoyment of deep drilling a topic. I thoroughly enjoy an author that provides the `Ah Ha' moment in matters that I've randomly thought about but had never seen expressed ... there were a number of these gems here.
Grudem is writing from a Calvinist perspective. 4.5-5 letter Calvinists should find that Grudem's Systematic Theology is a 5-star reading/study experience. If you aren't leaning from Arminian to Calvinist, read another variation on Systematic Theology.
Indeed, Chapter 41, Death and the Intermediate State, of Grudem's Systematic Theology provided the in depth answers I was looking for. The predominant more orthodox views on this topic were also fully discussed in clear and easily grasped verbiage. This sort of contrast and in depth explanations are missing in the several Christian doctrinal dictionaries I reviewed. The complete Index of this book served the purpose of "Dictdionary" for me.
Other topics are similarly discussed with both minority and majority views.
A few years ago I owned a copy of Geisler's Systematic Theology but sold it. It also had complete and easily understand explanations of doctrinal topics. As I recall, the paper was a glossy, higher quality stock and the higher price reflected that feature. That is the reason why I chose Grudem's top selling systematic theology book over the Geisler this time around.
This book is highly recommended for anyone who comes up with questions about present day predominant and minority doctrines of the Christian Church.
Speaking of "present day", the major criticism of this book seems to be that it doesn't provide historical doctrinal understandings as much as some would like. The beginning pages of this book fully explain that this Systematic Theology is NOT a "historical" systematic theology. It's focus and emphasis is on TODAY's principle doctrinal interpretations, not interpretations of 350 AD or 1045 AD, although where appropriate, historical understanding will be briefly contrasted.
For a companion book on Historical Systematic Theology that is organized along similar categories as this book, "Historical Theology: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine" by Gregg Allison is recommended.
A great reference book; a great read-through!