Systematic Theology

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This landmark edition combines Berkhof's standard, systematic treatment of the doctrines of the Reformed faith -- his magnum opus -- with his Introduction to Systematic Theology. Written in a scholarly yet simple style, and completely outlined and indexed, the work includes a thorough bibliography, and questions for further study follow each section. A new preface by Richard A. Muller explains the relation and importance of Berkhof's prolegomena to the rest of his systematic theology.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802838209
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/24/1996
  • Pages: 992
  • Sales rank: 483,174
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 2.33 (d)

Table of Contents

The Idea and History of Dogmatic Theology
I Names Applied to the Systematic Presentation of Theology 15
II The Nature of Dogmas 18
A The Name 'Dogma' 18
B The Formal Characteristics of Dogmas 21
C The Necessity of Dogmas 26
D The Elements Involved in Dogmas 31
III The Idea of Dogmatic Theology 35
A The Relation of Dogmas to Dogmatics 35
B The Object of Dogmatic Theology 39
C Theology as a Science 44
D The Encyclopaedic Place of Dogmatics 48
IV The Task, Method, and Distribution of Dogmatics 53
A The Task of Dogmatics 53
B The Method of Dogmatics 59
C Distribution of the Material of Dogmatics 72
V History of Dogmatics 76
A The Period of the Old Catholic Church 76
B The Period of the Middle Ages 78
C The Period of the Reformation 79
D The Period of Protestant Scholasticism 80
E The Period of Rationalism and Supranaturalism 83
F The Period of Modern Theology 84
The Principia of Dogmatics
I Principia in General 93
A Principia in Non-Theological Sciences 93
B Principia in Religion or Theology 96
II Religion 98
A The Essence of Religion 98
B The Seat of Religion 106
C The Origin of Religion 109
III The Principium Cognoscendi Externum (Revelation) 116
A Name and Concept of Revelation 116
B General Revelation 128
C Special Revelation 133
D Special Revelation and Scripture 139
IV The Inspiration of Scripture 144
A The Doctrine of Inspiration in History 144
B Scriptural Proof for the Inspiration of the Bible 146
C Nature and Extent of Inspiration 150
D Attempts to Discredit the Doctrine of Inspiration 156
E Objections to the Doctrine of Inspiration 159
F The Perfections of Scripture 162
V The Principium Cognoscendi Internum 170
A The Human Understanding 170
B Speculative Reason 173
C Devout Feeling or Religious Intuition 175
D The Moral Consciousness 178
E Faith the Proper Principium Internum 181
F The Ground of Faith 182
Select Literature 187
Index of Authors 193
Index of Subjects 197
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