Wayne A. Grudem
- Title: Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine
- Author: Wayne A. Grudem
- ISBN: 9780310286707
- Page: 265
- Format: Hardcover
The Christian church has a long tradition of systematic theology, that is, studying theology and doctrine organized around fairly standard categories such as the Word of God, redemption, and Jesus Christ This introduction to systematic theology has several distinctive features A strong emphasis on the scriptural basis for each doctrine and teaching Clear writing, witThe Christian church has a long tradition of systematic theology, that is, studying theology and doctrine organized around fairly standard categories such as the Word of God, redemption, and Jesus Christ This introduction to systematic theology has several distinctive features A strong emphasis on the scriptural basis for each doctrine and teaching Clear writing, with technical terms kept to a minimum A contemporary approach, treating subjects of special interest to the church today A friendly tone, appealing to the emotions and the spirit as well as the intellect Frequent application to life Resources for worship with each chapter Bibliographies with each chapter that cross reference subjects to a wide range of other systematic theologies.
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Systematic theologies are not easy to rate. There are a number of factors to consider, especially when approaching a work the size and scope of Grudem’s. Plus, there are all sorts of personal criteria that come into play, the least of which is not one’s own theological positions. So, I’ll try to break down this review into a few categories and comment on the appeal of each to me.Readability. This is where I consider Grudem to shine the brightest. Theological, like philosophical works, are [...]
Widely praised in the insular evangelicalism tainted by a taste of modern Reformed thought, Grudem's Systematic Theology is a perfect evangelical circle-jerk, unafraid to be unaware of any currents of modern or historical thought. Relying mostly on evangelical systematics of the last 150 years, and, of course, on his own bent vision of Scripture, Grudem nevertheless assumes his work is timeless and objective. Grudem defines systematic theology as any study that answers the question, "What does [...]
Since this book is written by a Particular Baptist-Charismatic, it is not a Reformed systematic theology. It is, however, a systematic theology written from a perspective that is friendly to Reformed theology. For that reason alone, it is not a book that modern Reformed theologians and clergy can safely ignore. If I was to be crudely reductionist in summarising my views on the book, I would suggest that the first 75% is very good, while the remaining 25% is perhaps not so good. This statement wo [...]
Grudem's Systematic Theology is the "go-to" Systematic Theology in a large part of the American church today, including my little corner. I finally got through it myself, after delaying for years.The book is very well organized, as others have said. Grudem is a clear writer, and the book is very accessible to the average layman. In fact, the book is organized well to be used in adult Sunday School curriculum, as my church is doing. The title is "An Introduction to" so keep that in mind. The book [...]
Over the past couple of years, I made it a goal of mine to read through Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology. Grudem’s work is one of the standard systematic theology books used in Bible colleges and seminaries around the world. I read Millard Erickson’s book in my theology classes in seminary, and thus wanted to take a look at Grudem’s work. Over the next few paragraphs, I will mention just a few impressions of the work that I have. I will not attempt a thorough review, as to review a 1, [...]
Ehhhh At one level, I get the hype at another level, I have HUGE concerns. I am not sure really all what should or shouldn't be said about this work. Out the outset, Grudem is commendable on several levels. He is a first rate communicator. He is a great compiler and organizer. He's not afraid to take on controversial issues or draw unpopular conclusions. When it comes to logic, or at least structured theology, he is good and clearly communicates "tightly wound" argumentation without mentally exh [...]
Well, it took me almost a year, but I finally finished reading this. After reflecting on it, I'm reminded of a man I interviewed who had earned a Master of Divinity. He warned others considering pursuing a similar degree that you don't go into serious theological study without being prepared to change your mind about things you've long believed about doctrine after weighing all the scriptural evidence. I remembered being surprised when he told me this was the most difficult part of earning his d [...]
disclaimer: this isn't really a real "review" of this book. What I wrote was more like notes on first reactions to the text since a friend of mine had recently/was going through the book around the same time. It really was never meant as a well-crafted expression of my view(s) on the book, nor does it reflect a studious approach on my part in carefully endeavoring to fully understand every argument before offering a well thought out conclusion. So if you end up reading this, take it with a grain [...]
Maybe I'd be too picky to ask a theologian to keep his (or her) personal convictions out of a book entitled Systematic Theology. Grudem is an unabashed non-cessationist charismatic--which is fine--who fails to represent other perspectives as strongly as his own--this I have a problem with. Fortunately, this only comes up a few times throughout the full book. I know it's difficult to keep one's feelings to oneself but in order to validate personal theology in a systematic theology book, it seems, [...]
Whether Grudem's attempt at constructing a Systematic Theology is useful to you or not depends entirely on what you're looking for.If you're looking for a primer on theology, or even a contribution to the conversation on theology, then avoid this book like the plague. Grudem's Systematic is unabashedly biased, historically shallow, lacking in nuance, narrow in scope, and sparing in dialogue. Even in areas where you might happen to agree with Grudem, you'll still likely be frustrated by his reduc [...]
Wow. Grudem defines "Systematic Theology" as what the bible tells us today about any given topic.d I have to say that after reading this massive text, I feel much more apt to be able to read and understand scripture and apply it to my life. The one major thing that sticks out in this book is the extensive bibliographies at the end of each chapter. Grudem doesn't just leave you hanging with his opinion, he shows you other texts where you can explore other opinions. This book should be required re [...]
Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem illuminates the basic doctrines of Christianity. This reference book has seven major sections with chapters in each section. The information is rich, scholarly and detailed, but written in a style easy for a lay person to understand. I read all the way through it!Grudem ends each chapter with the words to a hymn on the subject of the chapter. In picking hymns to relate to the Christian doctrines he “realized that the great hymns of the church throughout hist [...]
This is in excellent book. It is extremely long and very detailed. Mr. Grudem does an excellent job of spelling out each viewpoint for each topic. This book is a tremendous resource for all serious Christians. Almost any question you can think of is addressed by this book from a Christian viewpoint.
This is my third time through systematic. Grudem does such a great job with this. Will be a long time classic.
Don't agree with him everywhere but he got me started in systematic theology.
I'm fudging a little here because I definitely did not read the entire book, but a darn good chunk, anyway!
One sided, but very well written.
This was required reading for my college theology class. I liked about a third of it, found another third dry, and disagreed with the other third. For instance, he does not believe in six-day creation, but leans toward a day-age theory, which seems to me to be a bow to evolution. I wish he had included more studies of things like prophecy and symbolism in the Bible; he barely mentioned them, and yet the fulfilled prophecies from the old testament are some of the greatest wonders and miracles of [...]
I like Wayne Grudem a lot. This is maybe his greatest achievement and he is an excellent scholar. His major views are as follows: Reformed, non-cessationalist (believes in continuation of the miraculous gifts present in NT), and pre-mil.The book is well organized and it has been used in seminary classes. In fact there are lectures for each of the chapters in iTunes. The book is divided in 7 different doctrinal sections:1. The Word2. God3. Man4. Trinity (Emphasis on Christ and Holy Spirit)5. Salv [...]
A "systematic theology" is a book that attempts to explain all of the major doctrines of Christianity and their basis in scripture, and Grudem's work is simply excellent. It's a textbook that can be read either straight through or used for reference when questions about specific doctrines arise, and I think it's a wonderful resource for Christians or those interested in the faith. It's very clear and accessible to a lay audience without seeming to compromise on important nuances. And it's satura [...]
I am generally pleased with this systematic theology. The organization of the text (and it is a textbook make no mistake) makes it easy to read through and then to use as a reference. It is a permanent addition to my library. Some reviews of this text expect more from the author than was his goal. While historical and philosophical considerations are important in the broader study of the Humanities this book was not intended to be an Historical Theology or Philosophy of Religion textbook, it was [...]
I highly recommend this book for anyone with an interest in the subject matter, most especially those for whom this will be their first foray into systematic Christian theology. This would be a terrific addition to the bookshelf of any Christian or non-Christian household (I'd love for critics of Christianity to read books like this). Keep in mind it is organized by subject matter, so it isn't necessary to sit down and read it all the way through like I did. You can read up on different topics a [...]
Grudem has produced an excellent work from a reformed, Calvinist perspective. Interestingly, many of my friends who are neither reformed nor Calvinist also view Grudem's Systematic Theology as a go-to work. It is surprisingly readable/accessible, even including questions for small group study. Truthfully, it is readable for junior high and up, although the sheer size of it may be too frightening!
Excellent work. Haven't read it all, but I've used it countless times. Grudem is pastorally minded, devotional, yet extremely scholarly too. He is careful and does justice to both sides, yet he firmly asserts and defends his position. This covers spiritual gifts and other topics not typically covered in Systematic Theology books. Plus it is packaged in a single, accessible volume. Highly recommended!
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in any aspect of Christianity. While I am largely in agreement with Grudem's conclusions, my chief appreciation is for his ability to humbly and respectfully dialogue and disagree with alternative convictions. Many Christian writers and bloggers today would do well to emulate the graciousness through which Grudem expresses his conviction.
I gave it five stars simply for the fact that I can't give it four. Did I agree with everything the author said? No. But I appreciate his thoroughness in coming to his conclusions. And I liked the devotional aspect of the book. Even if you disagree with his Reformed-leaning views, there's still a lot to be learned from this book.
I often found Grudem's biblical supports to be inconsistent or even slightly twisted. His organizational structures within each chapter are rather frustrating as well. Yes, it covers everything, and he is highly regarded, but it still isn't that great.
A useful and clear "first systematic theology" that is unafraid to take a position and equally unafraid to present the opposition. My agreement with Grudem's choices waxes and wanes, but my confidence that reading it was worth the time does not.
Very informative, if slightly biased (that's what you get from a single author). It's a must have for the seminary or bible college student, or really anyone who is interested in the nuts and bolts of the Christian faith.
Thorough and quite accessible. Grudem's Systematic Theology has proved a useful resource in my growth as a disciple and in my effort to disciple others.
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