Dogmatic Theology


"William G. T. Shedd's Dogmatic Theology is a classic," writes Alan W. Gomes, editor of this new edition. "It is a profound work that sets forth the deepest themes of religion with a grandeur and majesty of expression that has rarely been equaled and that never will be outdated." Gomes considers Dogmatic Theology "one of the finest theological systems ever produced." Shedd's discussion of some topics is, writes Gomes, "unequaled by anything produced by modern evangelicals." Shedd wrote Dogmatic Theology with the prayer that it would help "to
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"William G. T. Shedd's Dogmatic Theology is a classic," writes Alan W. Gomes, editor of this new edition. "It is a profound work that sets forth the deepest themes of religion with a grandeur and majesty of expression that has rarely been equaled and that never will be outdated." Gomes considers Dogmatic Theology "one of the finest theological systems ever produced." Shedd's discussion of some topics is, writes Gomes, "unequaled by anything produced by modern evangelicals." Shedd wrote Dogmatic Theology with the prayer that it would help "to strengthen the believer's confidence in [divine] revelation and to incline the unbeliever to exercise faith in it." "Dogmatic Theology can serve as a powerful floodlight to lay bare some of the theological blind spots plaguing today's evangelical church," writes Gomes. "Modern evangelical systems tend to be weaker precisely at those points where Shedd's is most robust." Published originally in 1888-1894, Dogmatic Theology was reprinted twice in the twentieth century, most recently in 1980. Recent assessments of the second edition include the following
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780875521886
  • Publisher: P&R Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 992
  • Sales rank: 1,352,819
  • Product dimensions: 7.94 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 2.36 (d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations 8
Editor's Acknowledgments 9
Editor's Preface 11
A Historical and Theological Introduction to W. G. T. Shedd and His Dogmatic Theology 16
Author's Preface 37
Part 1 Theological Introduction
1. True Method in Theological Science 43
2. Plan, Divisions, and Subdivisions 46
Description of Topics
Biblical, Systematic, and Polemical Theology
3. Nature and Definition of Theological Science 51
Definition of Theology
Whether Theology Is a Science
Theology as an Absolute Science
Theology as a Positive Science
Part 2 Bibliology
1. Revelation and Inspiration 85
General Revelation
Special Revelation
Nature of Inspiration
Nature of Revelation
Infallibility of Inspiration
2. Authenticity of Scripture 125
3. Credibility of Scripture 127
Credibility of the New Testament
Theories Opposing New Testament Credibility
Limitations of New Testament Evidence for Credibility
Credibility of the Old Testament
4. Canonicity of Scripture 146
Part 3 Theology (Doctrine of God)
1. Nature and Definition of God 153
God's Spirituality
God's Substantiality
God's Personality
2. Innate Idea and Knowledge of God 185
Evidence from Scripture for an Innate Knowledge of God
Arguments from Pagan Philosophers for an Innate Knowledge of God
Arguments against an Innate Knowledge of God
Monotheism as the Original Form of Man's Innate Knowledge of God
Inadequacy of Natural Religion
3. Arguments for the Divine Existence 201
Uses of Syllogistic Arguments for the Divine Existence
Ontological Argument: Statement of the Position
Ontological Argument: Examination of Objections
Cosmological Argument
Teleological Argument
Moral Argument
Historical Argument
4. Trinity in Unity 219
Preliminary Considerations
Divine Unity and Trinality: An Overview
Scriptural Evidence for the Doctrine of the Trinity
Proper Use of Trinitarian Terminology
God Is One in Respect to Essence
God Is Three in Respect to Persons
Characteristics of Trinitarian Persons: Internal and External
Deity of God the Father
Deity of God the Son
Deity of God the Holy Spirit
5. Divine Attributes 274
Divine Attributes: Methods of Classification
Self-Existence (Aseity)
Immensity and Omnipresence
Holiness (Including Justice)
Goodness (Including Benevolence and Mercy)
6. The Divine Decrees 311
Preliminary Considerations
Characteristics of the Divine Decree
Efficacious and Permissive Decrees
Fate, Certainty, Compulsion, and Necessity
Arminian and Calvinistic Systems Compared
Objections to Election and Reprobation Answered
Decree of Election and the Decree of Redemption
Teaching and Preaching the Doctrines of Election and Reprobation
7. Creation 366
Creation Ex Nihilo
Creation Account in Genesis
Harmony of the Biblical Creation Account with Physical Science
Eternity of Matter vs. Creation Ex Nihilo
Theory of Evolution vs. Creation Ex Nihilo
Antiquity of Man
8. Providence 412
9. Miracles 416
Part 4 Anthropology
1. Man's Creation 429
Preliminary Considerations
Theories of the Mode of Man's Creation
General Approaches to the Doctrine of Original Sin
Scriptural Support for Traducianism
Theological Arguments for Traducianism
Physiological Arguments for Traducianism
Traducianism as Both Mysterious and Reasonable
Answers to the Principal Objections against Traducianism
2. Man's Primitive State 494
Preliminary Considerations
Two Phases of Holiness: Knowledge and Inclination
Proof That Man Was Created Holy
Voluntariness as Self-Determination
Refutation of the Theory That Freedom Consists in Indetermination or Indifference
3. Human Will 509
Definition of the Will
Objections to the More Recent Psychology
Scriptural Passages and Terms Defining the Will
Inclination vs. Volition
4. Man's Probation and Apostasy 535
Adam and Eve as Mutably Holy by Creation
Covenant of Works
Nature of the First Sin
Death as the Consequence of the First Sin
Cause of the First Sin
5. Original Sin 550
Preliminary Considerations
Adam's Sin as Twofold: Internal and External
Imputation of Adamic Guilt
Original Sin as a Corruption of Nature
Corruption of Nature as Guilt
Original Sin as Voluntary Inclination
Original Sin and Moral Inability
Moral Inability and Moral Obligation
Part 5 Christology
1. Christ's Theanthropic Person 613
Preliminary Considerations
Christ's Divine Nature and the Second Trinitarian Person
Incarnation vs. Transmutation
Christ as a Single Person in Two Natures
Divine Nature as the Root of Christ's Person
Beginning and Continuation of Christ's Theanthropic Personality
Incarnation and Divine Immutability
Incarnation as the Assumption of a Nature, Not a Person
Sanctification of Christ's Human Nature
Self-Consciousness of the God-man
2. Christ's Divinity 645
3. Christ's Humanity 646
4. Christ's Unipersonality 649
Biblical Evidence for Christ's Unipersonality
Predication of Divine and Human Qualities to the God-man
Christ's Twofold Consciousness
Lutheran Doctrine of "Communication of Properties"
Hypostatic Union and the Two Wills in Christ
5. Christ's Impeccability 659
Christ's Impeccability Proven from Scripture
Christ's Impeccability Proven from the Constitution of His Person
Impeccability Consistent with Temptability
Sinful vs. Innocent Temptations
Reasons for Christ's Temptations
Part 6 Soteriology
1. Christ's Mediatorial Offices 675
Some Characteristics of Christ as Mediator
Threefold Office
Christ's Prophetic Office
Christ's Priestly Office
2. Vicarious Atonement 690
Atonement as Substitutionary
Atonement as Suffering and Forgiveness as Its Result
Atonement as Objective
Atonement as Subjective
Christ's Sufferings as Penal Substitution
Christ's Active and Passive Obedience
Atonement and Its Necessity in Relation to Divine Justice
Atonement in Its Relation to Divine Mercy
Possibility of Substitution
Extent of the Atonement
Universal Offer of the Atonement
3. Regeneration 761
Various Uses of the Term Regeneration
Characteristics of Regeneration
Man's Agency in Regeneration
4. Conversion 787
5. Justification 793
Preliminary Considerations
Justification: Its Characteristics and Results
6. Sanctification 803
7. Means of Grace 809
Preliminary Considerations
Lord's Supper
Part 7 Eschatology
1. Intermediate or Disembodied State 831
Summary of the Doctrine
Pagan Influences on the Doctrine of Hades
Christ's Alleged Descent into Hell
Scriptural View of the Intermediate State
Meaning of the Word Sheol
2. Christ's Second Advent 863
3. Resurrection 867
Historical Considerations
Scriptural Teaching on the Resurrection
4. Final Judgment 878
5. Heaven 882
6. Hell 884
History of the Doctrine
Biblical Argument
Rational Argument
Bibliography 941
Glossary 1 Technical Terminology 951
Glossary 2 Biographical Entries 963
General Index 971
Scripture Index 983
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