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The Doctrine of Humanity (Contours of Christian Theology) Paperback – 18 Oct 1996


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At the end of the twentieth century the forces of race, gender, ethnicity, culture, social status, lifestyle and sexual orientation threaten to disassemble any universal notion of "human nature" or "human condition". In light of this historical moment and its challenges, the Christian doctrine of humanity is ripe for clarification and restatement. This theological task, argues Sherlock, demands a "double focus." Both the human image of God and the particular realities of human existence must be brought into sharper, more detailed focus. Only then will we begin to understand human nature in the light of divine revelation. Sherlock notably engages the communal dimension of humanity in its creational, social and cultural aspects before examining the human person as individual, as male and female, and as whole being. The Doctrine of Humanity is a timely and engaging look at what it means to be human on the continuum between our creation in the divine image and our hope of re-creation in the image of Christ.

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Helpful, but not great 21 Dec 2009
By Brett M. Sweet - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Well, let's see. I originally picked up this book with fascination that a book written after Hoekema's Created in God's Image (One of my all time favorites!) could write a book on Biblical anthropology and not reference Hoekema once in the end notes. And in comparison, this certainly is not nearly as good as Hoekema. With that being said, Sherlock makes some excellent observations on culture and the way we should think about people made in the image of God. He is outstanding in the issue of constantly addressing the effect of sin on mankind- it is our greatest problem, and he is right to spend time on that. He critiques some outside viewpoints well including Marxism, and also critiques prevailing Evangelical problems like excessive individualism and a lack of tithing. The weaknesses are several however. First and foremost, although he seems clear on sin and person of Christ, he never engages on how the gospel is applied to us. Is it by faith and repentance? He references them, but leaves no clarity on whether we must trust Christ to be saved. One could be Barthian (Neo-Orthodox views of Universalism) and read this book and come away without Jesus claims to exclusivity. I understand that this isn't on soteriology but the gospel must be proclaimed in some measure- this is of first importance (I Cor. 15). Second, his egalitarian views of men's and women's roles is an axe that he grinds on at every available chance. While being sensitive to my brothers and sisters who disagree, political correctness when applied to Scripture has never historically ended well and tends to arrive in liberalism. My suggestion: read Hoekema first, it's more in depth theologically but still easy to understand. Read Piper and Grudem on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, and then read this book with a discerning eye and keep the good observations that Dr. Sherlock makes.
Great theology book on rare topic of humanity! 23 Aug 2014
By H.L.C. - Published on Amazon.com
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Spark a love for theology of humanity! Could do without the theology of the menstrual cycle, but the rest of it was wonderful!
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The stinker from an otherwise excellent series 21 Oct 2010
By MikeCabe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It is baffling how out of place this book is in this series of otherwise excellent, solid books, not unlike the book on revelation in Berkouwers "Studies in Theology". While not claiming that this book is without some value, and I appreciate his choice of topics, his almost complete failure to discuss sin, human depravity, and the freedom/bondage of the will as specific topics makes this volume no little dissapointment. In light of both the historic importance of the doctrine and the extravigant expressions of depravity and sin in the the last 100 years, it is hard to take this book too seriously when it fails to look at the center of these issues: the human heart. Another complaint is the failure of the author to take a stand for the Biblical priciples regarding the roles of men and women in the family and church (not surprising since, as the preface mentions, his wife is also and ordained minister in the Anglican chucrh). Sadly, it is ALMOST appropriate to retitle this book "The Doctrine of Humanism."
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Don't waste your time with this book 8 April 2014
By Andrew Morisseau - Published on Amazon.com
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I had to read this book for a seminary class. I was very disappointed. I really enjoyed the rest of the series, but this book just didn't cut it. While Sherlock had some interesting things to say in the first half, the second half fell apart. The author came close to comparing the blood of Jesus with a woman's period at one point in the book. Very disappointing.
Five Stars 27 Aug 2014
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