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4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Excellent resource for studious believers

Wayne Grudem's Systematic Theology is probably the best organized, most accessible Systematic ever produced. Once you open the 1000-page volume, you will immediately see the quality organization and apparent ease of reading. This is probably it's greatest strength

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Wayne Grudem's Systematic Theology is probably the best organized, most accessible Systematic ever produced. Once you open the 1000-page volume, you will immediately see the quality organization and apparent ease of reading. This is probably it's greatest strength

Grudem comes from a reformed perspective, which is a good thing, and does a more than adequate job defending the tenets of reform theology from the text of Scripture.

Be aware that Grudem is charismatic and his position influences his representation of the spiritual gifts, etc. This may also be your position, but just be aware that he is less down-the-middle "conservative" on this issue.

All in all, highly recommended.

posted by Elihu on August 1, 2009

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3 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

Found some of Grudem's teachings on Catholicism to not be accurate

One example for instance is on mortal sin. The TRUE Catholic teaching on mortal sin is that mortal sin injures the sinner's soul and can be forgiven by God if the sinner asks God for forgiveness, is truly repentant, makes a perfect act of contrition, and receives absolu...
One example for instance is on mortal sin. The TRUE Catholic teaching on mortal sin is that mortal sin injures the sinner's soul and can be forgiven by God if the sinner asks God for forgiveness, is truly repentant, makes a perfect act of contrition, and receives absolution from a Catholic priest. The Roman Catholic Church also teaches that there are three conditions for a sin to be a mortal sin. You can find all this information on pages 206-207 and 125 of "Catholicism for Dummies" by TRUE Catholic priests whose names are Rev. John Trigilio Jr. and Rev. Kenneth Brighenti. For true Catholic teaching go to www.ewtn.com. This is the Global Catholic Network. You can watch TV for free, ask questions, etc. You can also go to www.catholic-convert.com. This is Stephen Rays website (he was an Evangelical and converted to Catholicism). Find out why on his website.

Grudem misguides readers and students by teaching (look at his definition on page 1248) that in Roman Catholic tradition mortal sins can not be forgiven and that it causes spiritual death. Purgatory and the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary are other examples. Check everything he teaches on Catholicism so that you may know the truth and so that you can decide for yourself what you want to believe.

Grudem can believe whatever he wants to believe, but when he teaches about the Catholic Church, he should teach the truth, not misleading information. Perhaps he was accidentally misinformed.

posted by 1219837 on April 13, 2009

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