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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: The Banner of Truth Trust; 4th Revised edition edition (5 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851510558
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851510552
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 13.4 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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By Ronnie Murphy on 19 April 2014
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this book arrived as described in good condition.
another good book for reading and study and discussion
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Mann on 23 Jun. 2011
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An insightful book, with good discussion questions and points for further study. I disagreed with Berkhof's position on some issues (infant baptism in particular), but on all the 'closed hand' issues he is spot on and a delight to learn from. 8/10.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Nov. 1998
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Berkhof's is widely acknowledged to be the best brief systematic theology written in the middle part of this century.
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Reliable standard 7 Nov. 2005
By Kathy F. Cannata - Published on Amazon.com
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Berkhof's is widely acknowledged to be the best brief systematic theology written in the middle part of this century. It is reliable, balanced, concise. While free of lots of technical excusions, Berkhof was very well versed in the broader theological discussions, both classical and contemporary. As Dutch Reformed, he is more Kuyperian and less rationalist than most Anglo-American reformed theologians who preceded him. Still great for an elder training course, or for a college student preparing for seminary.

For something even more basic for interested laymen, try J I Packer's Concise Theology or R C Sproul.

For something a little older and longer, A. A. Hodge, Outlines of Theology. Of course, Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion is irreplacable.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Best Kindle Version for Berkhof's Summar of Christian Doctrine 30 Nov. 2012
By ReformedGirls - Published on Amazon.com
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There are 4 different Kindle Versions for this book. Go with one of the first two versions listed below.

$1.95 Published: Feb 7, 2011, Blue and White Cover - BEST LOOKING, Best spacing, has numbered table of contents that are linked. BUT no page numbers for the table of contents.

$1.99 Published: April 4, 2010, Berkhof's Face Cover - Second Best. Has linked table of contents with page numbers.

$0.99 Published: July 18, 1938, Green Cover - Bad font. Hard on the eyes. Roman numbers (like VI, VII, VIII) in the table of contents. TOC is linked.

$0.99 Published: Jun 23, 2012, Grey Cover - No table of contents.
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A Good Summary 9 May 2008
By G. Gentry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you are not up to going through Berkof's full 900 page Systematic Theology, this is the volume you want. It is a broad, brief and succinct summary of most of what is found in the big book. I recommend having both and using this smaller version as a type of index. As you read, if you come across things you want to study more fully, you can dive into the main volume. Berkof is an excellent resource for anyone looking into the reformed faith.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Not The Best Kindle Version 30 Nov. 2012
By ReformedGirls - Published on Amazon.com
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Out of the 4 Berkhof Summary of Christian Doctrine kindle versions available, this is the cheapest one but the other three versions are preferred over this one. This Kindle Book has no table of contents and the paragraphs are bunched together the most with the least spacing. For .99 vs 1.95 and 1.99 for the other versions, I believe the extra $1 is well worth the linked table of contents.

There are 4 different Kindle Versions for this book. Go with one of the first two versions listed below.

$1.95 Published: Feb 7, 2011, Blue and White Cover - BEST LOOKING, Best spacing, has numbered table of contents that are linked. BUT no page numbers for the table of contents.

$1.99 Published: April 4, 2010, Berkhof's Face Cover - Second Best. Has linked table of contents with page numbers.

$0.99 Published: July 18, 1938, Green Cover - Bad font. Hard on the eyes. Roman numbers (like VI, VII, VIII) in the table of contents. TOC is linked.

$0.99 Published: Jun 23, 2012, Grey Cover - No table of contents.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Classic & Timeless 28 Sept. 2007
By Jacques Schoeman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This writing by Louis Berkhof is of the best systematic theology to be found, even if it is brief. Berkhof, as a Calvinist, brings glory through creation and redemption history to God in this accurate summa of Christian doctrine.

'Since God not only created the world but also upholds it, we naturally pass from the doctrine of creation to that of divine providence. This may be defined as that work of God in which He preserves all His creatures, is active in all that happens in the world, and directs all things to their appointed end. It includes three elements, of which the first pertains primarily to the being (divine preservation), the second to the activity (divine concurrence), and the third to the purpose (divine government) of all things.' p 55

Compare Grudem's Arminian approach to conversion with Berkhof's classic statement on conversion:

'Conversion is our willing response to the gospel call, in which we sincerely repent of sins and place our trust in Christ for salvation.' Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology p 709

'Conversion is that act of God whereby He causes the regenerated, in their conscious life, to turn to Him in faith and repentance.' Louis Berkhof, A Summary of Christian Doctrine p 121

Grudem defines conversion as an act of the believer, whereas Berkhof defines it as an act of God.
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