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Posted January 8, 2014
EXPLORING CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY
I want to RE-SEND this review, and extend my apologies to Bethany House, and to the authors for the previous post. I misunderstood the situation, and did not realize that this was part of a three-book set. My previous concerns were with the brevity of the book, and the material that had been "left out" of this volume of systematic theology. Having said that . . .
What the authors of this book do, they do well. With references and illustrations drawn from current technology and quotations from recent movies and books, this is a very readable book that engages the reader from page one. Other welcome aspects of this book include tight outlines that provide a summary of the doctrine at hand, a brief history of that doctrine throughout the ages, distortions to be aware of and avoid, reading lists for further study, and a glossary of theological terms. The authors have taken "dry and dusty" out of the study of theology, and have not only shown the relevance of a systematic study of the church, spiritual growth, and the end times . . . they have provided numerous examples for how it works out in real life . . . "where the rubber meets the road," so to speak.
I'm looking forward to the finished set.
5 stars for a systematic theology that motivates the reader to do something about it!
Posted January 2, 2014
Editors Nathan D. Holsteen and Michael J. Svigel have written a very concise and easy to digest systematic theology book. What is systematic theology? Glad you asked! Systematic theology is a scholarship of Christianity that formulates an orderly, rational, and coherent account of the Christian faith and beliefs. In other words it's "what we believe about what we believe." When I took Systematic Theology in seminary it was 3 semesters of my education. The text book I have on my bookshelf is easy over a thousand pages and is fatter than most of my bibles.
This book barely breaks 200 pages.
I think if you're looking for a good "starter" - you found it.
For once, understanding theology doesn't have to be boring and over your head. Exploring Christian Theology is a "to the point" text that is both easy to understand and enjoyable to read. I would recommend this book for anyone looking for a refresher, an over view - or perhaps as a "model" for teaching a class in church or school.
Thank you to Bethany House for this advanced copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.