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Dallas Seminary Professors Make Basic Theology Accessible for All

Theology doesn't have to be complicated. In this book, trusted Dallas Seminary professors present a concise systematic theology that distills the essential spiritual truths in a way that makes sense to readers--students, lay people, and pastors. Here are introductions, overviews, and reviews of key tenets of orthodox protestant evangelical doctrines. The book also includes an ...
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Exploring Christian Theology: The Church, Spiritual Growth, and the End Times

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Overview

Dallas Seminary Professors Make Basic Theology Accessible for All

Theology doesn't have to be complicated. In this book, trusted Dallas Seminary professors present a concise systematic theology that distills the essential spiritual truths in a way that makes sense to readers--students, lay people, and pastors. Here are introductions, overviews, and reviews of key tenets of orthodox protestant evangelical doctrines. The book also includes an annotated list of key applicable Bible texts, a quick-paced story of doctrine throughout church history, heresies or distortions to be aware of, and more.

Exploring Christian Theology is useful for discipleship, catechism, membership training, preview or review of doctrine, or quick personal reference. It can also be used by ministry training programs, Bible colleges, or seminaries as an introductory primer to orient students in preparation for a more in-depth study of theology.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781441263612
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/21/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 903,009
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Nathan D. Holsteen, ThM, PhD, is Associate Professor of Theological Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, where he teaches all areas of systematic theology. Trained as an engineer, he is awed by systems of theology that exhibit internal coherence. He and his wife, Janice, have two children and live in Fort Worth, Texas.

Michael J. Svigel,
ThM, PhD, is Associate Professor of Theological Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. He has written numerous Bible study guides, articles, and papers, and is the author of RetroChristianity. He lives in Garland, Texas, with his wife, Stephanie, and their three children. Learn more at www.retrochristianity.com.
Michael J. Svigel, ThM, PhD, is the Department Chair and an Associate Professor of Theological Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. He has written numerous Bible study guides, articles, and papers, and is the author of RetroChristianity. He lives in Garland, Texas, with his wife, Stephanie, and their three children. Learn more at www.retrochristianity.com.
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  • Posted January 8, 2014

    EXPLORING CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY  I want to RE-SEND this review, and

    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! 

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  • Posted January 2, 2014

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    Editors Nathan D. Holsteen and Michael J. Svigel have written a

    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.

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