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Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe

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  • Posted May 16, 2010

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    Good - but it has some problems

    This is definately not the best book out there that I've read on the subject of Christian doctrine - although I will say I did enjoy reading this book. It is definately written for the average layman and quite easy to understand - and despite its length is easy to get through in a reasonable amount of time. It's well organized and for the most part this book is well documented.

    There are some problems however which bear mentioning. Though it is a minor mistake the statement was made that Jesus is a direct decendant of Joseph - which is incorrect. If I recall correctly it was Judah.

    Also there are two times that the theologian John Calvin is mentioned negatively and yet no detailed footnotes are provided to document from which writtings. On page 132 he is accused of claiming that the human soul alone "is the defining aspect of what it means to be human" - essentially putting him on the same ground as Hinduism and Sikhism. As someone who has read a lot of Calvin I have yet to come across this accusation in any of his teachings. There was no footnote provided to show where Calvin is perported to have taught this.

    Calvin is also accused of interpreting the scriptural descriptions of hell as being metaphorical (pg 424-425) - yet the footnote only lists volume II of the institutes as a reference. Ah - Volume II is like 242 pages long - I would say this should be narrowed down a bit.

    I'm a bit perplexed as to why this was done - Driscoll has made no apologies for the fact that he is Calvinist - so one would assume that some Calvinsts are going to read this book and question these claims regarding the teachings of Calvin. Personally I believe they are incorrect and the lack of documentation proves it.

    Another issue I had with the book is the constant going to N.T. Wright as a good resource on the resurrection. I'm not going to go into why I think this is a bad idea - but anyone who is concerned with the doctrine of Justification will know what I'm talking about.

    In closing I'll say that I do love Mark Driscoll and that I listen to every podcast I can get my hands on with him preaching. Despite the issues I have with the book - I think they are minor and this book is still worth reading - particularly chapters 6 - 9 which are incredible and the book is worth reading for these chapters alone. But - the sermon series of the same title (which you can get for free on iTunes) is much better.

    A better book to read and for use in small groups is Wayne Grudem's "Systematic Theology."

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2011

    Excellent

    I really enjoy reading anything by Pastor Mark, this book was incredibly practical and easy to understand.

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  • Posted June 21, 2011

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    Good

    Not a Systematic but I am not sure it was intended to be. Good to have worth the buy.

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  • Posted October 15, 2010

    Goes well with bible study.

    Does a good job of using the combination of old and new testament verses to get across the doctrine they want to bring forth. This is defiantly a work of fundamentalism. Liberals can also do the same.

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