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Abstracts of Systematic Theology [Hardcover]

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Jun 1996
Boyce became a pastor, then a university professor, and finally the founder and first president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he taught theology from 1859 until his death in 1888. Throughout his ministry Boyce insisted on the importance of theological education for all ministers. In a preface, he described his Abstract of Systematic Theology, published the year before his death, as follows: "This volume is published the rather as a practical text book, for the study of the system of doctrine taught in the Word of God, than as a contribution to theological science."
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: P & R Publishing Co (Presbyterian & Reformed) (Jun 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875528724
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875528724
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 3.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,543,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Boyce was educated at Brown University under Francis Wayland, whose evangelical sermons contributed to Boyce’s conversion, and at Princeton Theological Seminary under Charles Hodge who led Boyce to appreciate Calvinistic theology. Boyce became a pastor, then a university professor, and finally the founder and first president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he taught theology from 1859 until his death in 1888. Throughout his ministry Boyce insisted on the importance of theological education for all ministers. In a preface, he described his Abstract of Systematic Theology, published the year before his death, as follows: "This volume is published the rather as a practical text book, for the study of the system of doctrine taught in the Word of God, than as a contribution to theological science." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Statement of Reformed Baptist Theology 10 Aug 2005
By Steven Dotson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This systematic theology by the first president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, now in Louisville, KY, puts the lie to the theory that Baptists are not adept in the finer points of theology. Well-written and easy to follow, this work is great for those who love solid, Reformed (Calvinistic) theology but may have trouble following Calvin or Turretin. Boyce readily admits that he learned his trade at Old Princeton and indeed the spirit of Jonathan Edwards, A. A. Archibald and Charles Hodge are immediately seen. This is, however, far from being a derivative work. Along with Dagg's "Manual of Theology," it constitutes one of the two great works by Southern Baptist theologians in the Nineteenth Century. Today's Southern Baptists who often have a weak, decisionalistic, Arminian theology would do well to heed the learned wisdom of their founders. This is an eminently Biblical and sound volume answering almost any query a Sunday School teacher, deacon or even pastor might have. I have given it four, as opposed to five, stars merely because there is no discussion of the sacraments or ordinances as Baptists are prone to refer to them. This may reflect the lesser importance of these facets of the Christian Faith to Baptists or it may be that there was a desire to avoid bringing divisive confessional differences into his masterwork. Whatever the reason, it is only a mild distraction and the rest of the work is so beneficial that owning it becomes a great joy and privilege to any Christian, whether Southern Baptist or not.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Concise, Conservative Theology 27 April 2000
By A. Jasper Rains - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is the premier handbook for Southern Baptist Theological views. In this book, Boyce conveys the Biblical support for the modern conservative movement in Southern Baptist life. It offers several Biblical references to support any theory that is offered. It is an excellent resouce for Bible students.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Abstract of Sytematic Theology 10 July 2012
By William - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is the best book on the early leaders in the SBC on Calvinism as it relates to Baptist life. If you lean toward a Calvinistic view of God's Sov. then this is a great work from one of the early leaders of the SBC.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most valuable ST's in my library. 26 Nov 2013
By R.T. Marsh - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
While doing research in the library for a systematic theology paper at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2006, I stumbled across an old, battered volume of theology by a guy named Boyce. I was instantly hooked and read almost one-third of the book standing there in the library aisle (and stayed up all night to finish the rest of it that evening at home). I'd never heard of this guy, but he was so good that (I'm ashamed to say this) I was strongly tempted to keep the book and just pay the fine. I returned the book to the library, and then, in the providence of God, I found the title in the bookstore that afternoon.

Boyce's content is excellent, very logical in its layout, and almost deceptively simple (which serves to demonstrate his aptitude as a teacher). He is ruthlessly and exhaustively biblical, indicated not only by his brilliant theological insights, but by the scores of biblical references at the end of each point. He wrote for his students' sake, but the volume was highly praised upon its debut for its accessibility for the layman. It is a rich feast for the soul and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

A couple of points to consider, however: his chapter on creation was written in the context of scholars not having a sufficient response to evolution. It reflects that situation. Also, his argument for the atonement tracks right down the classic definite atonement trail, only to reach Dort's conclusion in the final paragraph (sufficient for all, efficient for the elect). So, while it is excellent, it is not without its issues.

A special note to Southern Baptists: you should read this volume (along with Dagg's Manual of Theology) to know the Scriptures better, and your theological heritage.

My review refers to the content itself, not necessarily this particular edition of Boyce.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for expansion of the mind. 20 Jun 2014
By Happy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
loved it. created some good thoughts and challenged some preconceived notions. Great reference for bible study since he uses enormous amounts of scripture. lots of references to Charles Hodge's theology work.
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