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The Doctrine of God, A Theology of Lordship [Hardcover]

John M. Frame
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  • Hardcover: 896 pages
  • Publisher: Presbyterian and Reformed; First edition (1 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875522637
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875522630
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 15.5 x 5.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thouroughly Scriptural book 17 Mar 2013
By Lindsay
(This review is edited from my review at [...])

A.W. Tozer's The Knowledge of the Holy and J.I. Packer's Knowing God have received (much deserved) wide popularity for faithfully bringing a countless number of Christians to a deeper understanding of God's character and nature. However, both of these books only go so far; for Christians wanting the next level, where should one turn?

I submit John Frame's The Doctrine of God, a book devoted to providing a deep foundation on what Scripture says about God.[...] While I have read much theology, this is the first major work on the Doctrine of God (Theology Proper) that I have read, so I won't be able to comment on how Frame's compares to others. That said, I know of many who consider this as the book to get on the subject, so I think my high regard for it is warranted.

Frame's approach is unique: he begins with the tangible before moving to the intangible. This isn't usual in theology, mostly due to the influence of philosophy on theological discussion. Philosophy tends to move from the abstract to the concrete, but Frame believes that most students today don't have the background in philosophy to find such an approach useful. Instead, Frame flips the approach on its head by addressing the text of Scripture before philosophical questions, God's actions before descriptions, and examining the Trinity last. Even within individual topics such as God's actions, Frame begins with miracles and moves to creation last. His approach attempts to mirror the approach that we get from the Word; we experience God's actions before receiving revelation. God acts so that we might know that He is Lord. Whether this approach and his triperspectivalism are more helpful than not is a matter of opinion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read. 9 July 2009
This really is a must read. If you are wanting a book with solid bible teaching that does not skirt round difficult and hard to swallow doctrines and yet states them and explains them in an easy to read poetic manner, this is for you.
I love the way Frame links together the systematic way he looks at theology with this philosophical outlook. I think this should be on every theology students reading list. It is superb and he even puts a few great jokes in the footnotes. I have found this pure joy to read. Exquisite.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bought for a relative. 15 Jan 2013
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Not having read this book myself I can only comment that my relative, (for whom I purchased it as a present), considered it to be a very sound theological work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Indeed 28 Dec 2004
By J. F Foster - Published on
John Frame has delivered us a very big book addressing an infinitely bigger topic - the Doctrine of God. It is a book that is thorough in its coverage, clear in its language and thought, and organized in its presentation. All of this is important since Frame's methodology is unconventional to the point where some academic controversy has ensued - though most readers, I suspect, will not notice one way or the other. It is a heady read in spots, but is a book that is much needed and worthy of serious perusal.

Frame properly mentions early on that the Protestant Reformation did not really touch on the area of Theology Proper that much. The Reformation focused on other theological loci such as soteriology and ecclesiology, but left much of the medieval understanding of Theology Proper fairly intact. Therefore, Frame's book, along with some other books that have come out recently, really represent the first serious attempt to apply Semper Reformanda to the Doctrine of God, and it is an effort that is long overdue. Frame's considerable interaction with non-evangelical views of God in this book amplify the fact that evangelical Protestantism has, for way too long, failed to develop a distinctly Protestant understanding of God that sets a reliable standard against heterodoxy.

In this book, Frame emphasizes the concept of God as covenant Lord, and develops much of the book in accordance with this organizing principle. While Frame is careful to note that covenant Lordship is not the only legitimate way to organize a Theology Proper, it is nonetheless a compelling approach given its constant theme throughout Scripture. In fact, Frame convincingly argues that many heterodox attempts to develop a theology of God deliberately avoid this theme because of its obvious threat to the autonomizing of man that so many modern day theologies try to stress. In this vain, Frame's systematic critique of libertarian free-will and the notion of divine middle knowledge are extremely good. Frame's sustained focus on the Biblical names of God is quite refreshing in showing how His names are themselves a form of revelation that teach us more about Him. Frame's discussion of transcendence and immanence draws heavily from Van Til, but is a presentation that is most helpful, and most needed. Lastly, Frame's interaction with the gender-neutral and 'maleness of God' controversy is both very relevant and substantive. Frame takes a conservative view on this question, but the reader is comforted by the fact that Frame's presentation is respectfully Biblical in its emphasis, rather than reaking of the kind of hysteria that is typically employed by folks on all sides of this issue who tend to have axes to grind. Those looking for solid critiques of Barth, Moltmann, Pinnock, McFague and others will find much to chew on here.

Readers who are familiar with Frame's perspectivalism may find some of the early chapters to be a bit redundant, but these chapters are very helpful for those are just beginning to get exposed to Frame's approach. In addition, those who are well versed in many of Frame's other works will find a bit of duplication here. Lastly, while many of the appendices are good, a number of them seem off-topic and make an already big book unnecessarily larger.

But overall, this is a very important book that makes significant in-roads in developing a Protestant and strongly Reformed Doctrine of God. It is a book that forges a careful path of sound theology where God is concerned amidst a forest of competing theological constructions that often leave much to be desired. Frame has provided the church with a valuable service here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the wait! 3 July 2002
By Justin G Taylor - Published on
The Doctrine of God may very well be the best book ever written on the doctrine of God. John Frame expounds God's covenant lordship in a way that causes one to worship God in spirit and truth. His biblically-grounded methodology yields many fresh insights into the control, authority, and presence of our covenant Lord in the context of his acts, descriptions, and Trinitiarian presence. I highly commend this deeply profound and persuasive book. I am confident that it will be worth the investment of time, money, and labor to digest its contents.
--Justin Taylor
Director of Theological Resources & Education
Desiring God Ministries
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best theology book I've ever read 28 April 2004
By A Customer - Published on
John Frame has done an outstanding job of taking a very complex topic and put it in a very simple and engaging languague for all those who truly seek to know God. This book changed my relationship with God. It is so comprehensive that I keep it next to my Bible. I have referred to it so many times since I first read it. I strongly recommend it to all serious students of the Bible.
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It doesn't get any better than this! 13 Mar 2003
By Nathan Hogan - Published on
I found this book to be incredible. I sincerely appreciated Frame's balanced and kind-hearted approach to theology. He handled issues that have many people up in arms with love and respect. I have yet to see such a readable, comprehensive, and profound book that so easily defends the Reformed faith. I particularly enjoyed the portion on the immutability of God. Frame handles this masterfully! This section alone is worth the price of the book. John Frame is to be commended for his achievment in this book. I am anxiously anticipating the future books in this series. This book needs to be in every serious believer's library.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Theologically Rich! 4 Aug 2002
By C. LLoyd Chesser - Published on
Several times after reading portions of this book, I reflected on the awesome glory of God with fresh insight. Frame commands your attention with concisce and clear ideas. He presents his "multi-prespective" approach, which parenthetically includes the Lordship of God. Frame tackles the difficult issues without compromising the nature of God. Among others, he covers the attributes, the Trinity, and the problem of evil. Get it!
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