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Keeping your balance: Approaching Theological and Religious Studies [Paperback]

Edited by Philip Duce and Daniel Strange , Daniel Strange , Philip Duce
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21 Sep 2001 0851114822 978-0851114828
Theological and religious studies raise special challenges for
Christian students.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: IVP (21 Sep 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851114822
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851114828
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.4 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 548,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Theological and religious studies raise special challenges for
Christian students.

Academic and devotional life, scholarship and personal faith, the
intellectual and the practical all need to be balanced and integrated.
Cherished or deeply-held beliefs may be called into question - perhaps by
new understanding of the Bible, perhaps in intellectually hostile settings.
Such challenges can be stimulating, but can also be disorientating or
distressing.

This collection of essays offers help and advice, for those studying in
universities and in theological colleges. The first two contributions
provide some general orientation. The next sketches the contours of an
evangelical approach to theology. This leads to an exploration of ‘faith
and certainty’, some guidelines for maintaining a devotional life and some
perspectives on preaching. The concluding essay revisits key themes and
offers further reflections.

Chris Sinkinson of 'Evangelicals Now' writes:

Particularly in the secular university setting, the Bible can be dissected
without reference to the reality of God. This welcome volume aims to help
the student deal with the issue of how they maintain their personal
relationship with God in what may sometimes be an arid and even hostile
land.

Whether studying in an evangelical friendly environment or not, the book
encourages theology students to avoid compromise and maintain integrity.

It is worth noting that the sub-heading for the book is not entirely
accurate as there is very little in it to help a student of religious
studies The important issues faced by an evangelical studying non-Christian
religions are not dealt with. Nonetheless, this book will be a survival
handbook for many theology students.
If you are concerned for someone going from your church to study theology
at a university level then why not buy it for him or her as a gift?


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for theological students 11 Oct 2002
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This is a great book for students of theology and religious studies. It lays out a coherent evangelical basis for the academic work of theology and then discusses how one's academic work can and must be integrated with one's personal and devotional life.
The book is a collection of essays (most previously published individually) by established scholars such as David Field, Nigel Cameron, Stephen Williams and Carl Trueman. A brand new essay by Martin Downes on preaching is also excellent.
I highly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eminently Helpful 8 Sep 2006
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This book is an extremely helpful and thought-provoking resource for prospective theological students. The chapters "A survivor's guide: Things I wish I'd been told before studying theology", "Evangelical foundations for 'doing' theology", and "The importance of being earnest" are particularly useful for the Christian wanting to think about the practical implications of studying theology while at university, theological training college and beyond. Of particular value to me was the chapter on "maintaining an integrated devotional life," an issue which all Christian theologians must consider. I'm sure there are many other books on this subject out there but if you are searching for a guide to starting out in theology when it can be such a daunting prospect, then you need look no further than "Keeping Your Balance."
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