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"A fresh reappropriation of the evangelical and catholic heritage of the faith."

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"Theology for the Community of God signals a clear turning of the corner for evangelical systematics."

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Stanley J. Grenz was Pioneer McDonald Professor of Theology at Carey Theological College in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and Professor of Theological Studies at Mars Hill Graduate School in Seattle, Washington, prior to his death in 2004. He authored a number of books, including "What Christians Really Believe & Why"; and "Sexual Ethics: An Evangelical Perspective".
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 723 pages
  • Publisher: Eerdmans; Seventh Impression edition (January 31, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802847552
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802847553
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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Grenz helped me tremendously by tracking the history of several theological positions such as trinitarian doctrine, atonement, etc. Given Grenz's education, the trek through history should come as no surprise, and a few of the ideas of his mentor, Wolfhart Pannenberg, leaked fittingly into the work. Grenz was devout in relating every aspect of his theology to the concept of community. Unfortunately, his presentation of the Holy Spirit was a bit impersonal (love bond between the Father and Son). This book is certainly worthwhile for seminary students or laypeople wanting to delve into systematic theology. The book serves as a great beginning to further study or a sufficient summary of popular theological positions in the past and present. However, if you are a teacher, please do not follow in the footsteps of my professor by giving a test with 50 True/False questions over the entire book (859 pages)!
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This book has to be one of the most accessible evangelical theology books out there. Grenz's book is scholarly yet simple for the layperson. He writes from an evangelical Baptist perspective but builds his work around the concept of the community aspect of the Triune God. He argues that the Triune God's fellowship overflows into the church. All the sections are written from this community aspect of redemption. Grenz covers practically all matters you'll find in standard systematic theologies (from prolegomena to eschatology). The writing style is not like other more technical systematic theologies (e.g., Erickson, Grudem, Reymond, etc.) because it is written in a narrative fashion. You won't see Grenz being too detailed in his discussion of certain issues (hence, his book is only about 700 pages). This book is a must read for anyone wanting a good and easy introduction to the major topics of systematic theology.
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Professor Grenz' has done a masterful job in presenting a systematic theology with the "community motif." I have used/am using this text in a seminary course (as a student), and have found Doctor Grenz's presentation of theological matters to be clear, understandable, sensible, and refreshing. There is nothing dry about this book. Particularly interesting is his presentation of the Doctrine of Christ, and why God sent His Son in the manner that He did. Written from a Calvinistic standpoint, Grenz also gives a careful, and respectable hearing to those of other religious traditions (Wesleyan, Arminian, etc). Since man was created to live in sociality and community with God and other humans, this understanding of theology in light of community is, by far, the best contribution to the field of systematic theology in a long, long time. Should be read by every believer, and taught in every house which truly wants to "pursue God."
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Grenz's text is athorough, middle-of-the-road exposition on theology that covers an incredibly broad range of topics. The author steps back and doesn't get caught up in the arguments between denominations but highlights differences and notes what the prevailing thoughts are. That said, he does write from a Protestant perspective, so if you are more interested in a Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox or Pentecostal view, you probably won't be satisfied with it other than as a good reference.
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I bought this book because it was required for a class i was taking on the history of the Church. As it turned out this is one of few text books that I decided to keep. As I read Grenz's excellent presentation of the Protestant Christian faith I was challenged to think on issues that I never before considered. Overall I think this is an excellent book for any Christian who is seeking a greater knowledge of their faith or for anyone who is considering converting to the Christian faith and is curios about its beliefs and some of its doctrines.
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I also bought this book for a introduction to theology class I have to take at school and it along with McGrath's book are two of only a handful of books that I have not immediately sold after the class was over. This book has been a great resource in helping me to better understand the different theological topics. Also, it is nice to have a reference to turn to when you are unsure of issues in theology and this book is just that. Though, it is long, it is manageable because of the usage of the book as a resource.
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This book is very indepth and is well worth the read. While adhering to historical orthodoxy, Grenz is also quite creative. His bibliology section, for example, appears in chapter 14, rather than in the traditional theological prolegomena (introductory) section of most systematics texts. His integrative motif of 'community' is excellent, but I disagree with Grenz at several points. His characterization of the Holy Spirit as the bond of love between the Father and the Son makes the third member of the Trinity rather impersonal. I would have preferred a more unequivocal assertion regarding the real personality of the Spirit. The 'concretization' of the relationship between the Father and the Son seems to be an inadequate description of the Holy Spirit as presented in the Scriptures. Grenz gives excellent hisorical background on each topic, the work is saturated with the Scriptures, and the author clearly is a passionate Christian believer. Wonderful text for spiritual enrichment and undoubtedly a solid introductory volume for college and seminary settings.
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