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A Theology for the Church Hardcover – July 1, 2007
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The goal of the book is to present to the church a guide to the major headings of theology that will help pastors and laypeople both to learn sound doctrine and to see the importance, the relevance, of that doctrine. Toward that end, each chapter asks four questions about the doctrine at hand:
1. What does the Bible say?
2. What has the church believed?
3. How does it all fit together?
4. What is the significance of the doctrine for the church today?
This is a great approach, integrating exegesis, history, systematic theology, and application. This last section was especially great in most of the chapters I read. It's true that the study of theology involves the danger of divorcing the knowledge of God from "real life," but it's also true that the true knowledge of God, the ground of all reality, is invaluable in living in the real world.The application sections are dead-on in showing how our theology, good or bad, shapes our behavior, whether we admit it or not.
Because this book was written by a variety of authors and covers a vast amount of material, it's inevitable that everyone will disagree at some point. That was the case for me, although at most points I thought the treatments were fair even when I disagreed with the author.Read more ›
This is for the serious student of theology.
This book has an extreme amount of irrelevant quotes. Like calling Job26:8-14 a "magnificent hymn" or saying that Hegel is the "greatest of the German Idealist". There are many that are like this. There are ones add no extra information and/or are not explained as having anything. It seems to me that the writer is either adding in quotes to make it more impressive or to lend credence to something the author agrees with. Hegel is one of the greatest Idealists there is no need to quote someone to make this point in quoting Livingston. Who most people would be less familiar with then Hegel.
This book doesn't do a good job of developing the concepts I think are important. Specifically strengths and weaknesses of the view it s presenting. It will offer views that are in opposition to the one it proposes is correct. It doesn't offer sufficient reasons why these are wrong. The author often just claims that a view is liberal or unbiblical or uses a wrong hermeneutical principle. I understand that the author can't refute every claim that opposes his view, but I do expect that when he brings one up that he should at least try to deal with it.
This book has a misleading title. It could have easily been titled "a theology for the Baptist Church" or "Baptist Systematic theology 101" or "Theo101 required reading" or "theology written to be accessible everyone that only theology students will ever read".
The last bad thing about this book is that it doesn't offer enough information on theology proper. This is probably the most important section of the book and it felt severely lacking.
Now for the good things which overshadow the bad by a lot.Read more ›
Daniel L. Akin. A Theology for the Church: Revised Edition. Nashville: B&H Academic, 2014. 770 pp. $54.99.
Every solid systematic theology organizes core doctrines of the Christian faith into helpful categories. Each category engages pertinent Scriptures exegetically and canonically, judiciously retrieves Church tradition, methodically synthesizes exegesis and tradition into theological constructs, and employs contextual engagement in the spirit of the men of Issachar: “men who understood the times” (1 Chron. 12:32).
Though most systematic theologies do those four tasks, few are organized by those tasks. A Theology for the Church refreshingly does this. This systematic theology consists of eight conventional sections: Revelation, God, Humanity, Christ, Holy Spirit, Salvation, Church, and Last Things. There are fourteen chapters altogether, and each chapter has four sections: What Does the Bible Say?, What Has the Church Believed?, How Does It All Fit Together?, and How Does This Doctrine Impact the Church Today?.
Daniel Akin, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, is the general editor of this project. Contributors include Russell Moore, David Dockery, Timothy George, Mark Dever, and Al Mohler among others. In the preface, the editorial committee writes, “Each participant in this project is a confessional theologian and churchman. They are evangelical and baptistic in their commitments, and they believe, as do I, that the task of theology must be recovered in the church if it is to have vitality and health in the twenty-first century” (viii).Read more ›
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