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ISBN/ASIN : 0310222338
Manufacturer : Zondervan|
Release data : 01 July, 1999
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The Best for the Basics
Bible Doctrine is one of the textbooks I have assigned reading from in a doctrine/theology small group I lead at my church. Edited by Jeff Purswell, Waynge Grudem's 1,200 page Systematic Theology is neatly trimmed down to a mere 450 pages, yet retains the overall force of Grudem's argument. Written in a clear and concise didactic form, Grudem exposits hundreds of Scripture passages that supports his Calvinist/Baptist theology mixed with a dash of Pentecostalism.
The sub-title says "Essentials Teachings of the Christian Faith" which is for the most part true. However, Grudem/Purswell include a chapter called "Male and Female" that simply is a chapter devoted to the subordination of women-something that is hardly "essential."
nevertheless, this is a great book for anyone wanting to learn the basic doctrines of the Christian faith or Calvinistic doctrine. At the end of every chapter there are some review questions for mastering the material and application questions for making the material relevant to real life.
The Second Best Theology for the Layperson
I have recently concluded a months long study of Wayne Grudem's Systematic Theology (Bible Doctrine is a smaller volume taken from that volume). This is an excellent work, carefully and faithfully done. While I don't agree with many of Grudem's positions, one cannot fault his scholarship and careful analysis.
The BEST single volume theology is Jack Cottrell's "The Faith Once For All." Whereas Grudem comes from a charismatic, Calvinist, pre-millennial perspective, Cottrell is cessationist, Arminian, a-millennial. I do find Cottrell's arguments more persuasive than Grudem's most of the time (Cottrell is the theologian Grudem cites the most when dealing with the free will issue).
If you truly want to sharpen your theological thinking (as opposed to merely looking for books that will re-inforce what you want to believe), then you can no better than read Cottrell and Grudem, with your open Bible in between.
Great Theology Book
This book is a great theology book. The layout is excellent. It is easy reading. The theology is thourough. It gives many sides although you can tell which view the author takes. It's very good. I would recommend this book for every Christian to read.