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Systematic theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 13 February 2009
Grudem has managed to write a systematic theology which is easily readable without compromising on content, that expresses the authors opinion and reasons without being dogmatic (while presenting fairly alternative views) and which is both practical and scholarly. In short, the author has achieved what every good systematic theology should aim for. The writer comes from a reformed perspective, and his material relating to the charismatic gifts is welcome in a modern theology, marking it out from the alternatives. Like many others have found, I suspect this will become my first point of reference for reviewing theological debates and standpoints.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 6 July 2009
This book is a real acquisition for my bookcase. It is very systematic (see title) and very complete. Sometimes after Sunday service I consult this book to deepen my insight in a special topic. But this is also a book of strong opinions. If you do not agree you will be irritated. If you notice the nuances you will judge it as a goldmine.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 2 September 2008
A reasonably detailed study, but presented in an easily understood format. Grudem examines all the key doctrines, considering different viewpoints and forming well reasoned conclusions, which he supports with numerous scripture references. A must have item for the bookshelf of clergy and laypeople who wish to gain an understanding of the main theology issues.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on 30 August 2008
I bought Grudems Systematic Theology in my second year of Theology in Leeds University. While I was there I found Grudems book a great resource to counter many of the arguments of the Liberal and Secular Theologians. What is also signicant is that Grudem does not merly set out what the Bible teaches in regard to theology but rather he presents to the reader the living God. Hence, one comes away not just being more informed about doctrine but he gets you to consider carefully the God who is self revealing and makes the point that, without knowing the God of the Bible all theology is as straw. So I cannot recommend this book enough and now that I have completed my degree in theology it remains a book of great value. You really get your money's worth!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 28 April 2008
An excellent textbook of evangelical theology. Wayne Grudem explains the doctrines of the Christian faith in a way that is highly readable and comprehensible. Complicated, technical terms are kept down to a minimum, and the author writes in a way that is relevant for people today.
He begins each chapter with a definition of the doctrine that is being considered. He then goes on to open up the doctrine in a clear and structured fashion, showing how it finds its place in Scripture. There are then questions for personal application within the church today. Each chapter then ends with a relevant hymn, which is suitable for meditation or worship.
Many will find themselves not agreeing with Grudem on a number of points. For instance, Grudem leans towards views such as believers baptism and classic pre-millennialism. Further, his views on the baptism of the Holy Spirit may be at odds with the views of a number of Christians of a Reformed persuasion. Nevertheless, as I read, I found Grudem to be very fair and gracious in dealing with viewpoints, which he himself was not personally in agreement with. Many Christians could learn from this attitude.
At the end of the book, there are a number of appendices, consisting of historic Christian confessions (e.g. The Thirty-Nine Articles, The Westminster Confession of Faith), Scripture memory passages, relevant bibliography for extended reading and contemporary worship songs. Here we have a valuable resource book for Christians in the twenty-first century. Strongly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 17 May 2013
There are dozens of books on theology, some so esoteric they are hard to understand.
This book gets to the root of the question, in simple Anglo-Saxon, in as concise a manner as appropriate.
Grudem, whilst giving his own view, also allows other interpretations.

This book is ideal for ordinary Christians, for Theological students, and for Lay Ministers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 6 July 2011
This impressive tome was a Father's Day gift from my wife and since receiving it neither I nor my wife have been able to put it down.

If you want an accessible introduction to systematic theology that excites you to learn more there is no better publication. Grudem has a way of communicating the gravity and wonder of the Word in layman's language (difficult theological terms are explained clearly as you go along).

It's been noted in other reviews that the author is strong in his opinions but I feel this is unfair (and perhaps a sign of our post-modern thinking), he merely states his own belief without apology whilst graciously explaining the counter-perspective with its strengths as well as its weaknesses.

You will never regret buying this book, it will give you a balanced view of scripture in every important doctrine you can imagine (and several you probably didn't know existed).

Wonderful!

Dean Foley
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 15 May 2013
I find this tome useful and very informative on the whole spectrum of Biblical Theology: coming from an Evangelical perspective. However, the text and headings are rather difficult to follow. The glossary at the end of the book, could be more simply laid out, and definitions of Theological Terms, need to be simplified. Overall, value for money and covers a vast area of Theology in one volume.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 22 August 2013
Very useful introductory book. It is thick but the subjects were arranged in systematic (well, it should, seeing its name!) order, and the topics were well categorised, I thought. Overall, I found it to be a good and useful biblical based book on Christian doctrine and one which I have found very helpful on many occasions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 19 January 2013
Great work. Well explained. Good analogies and great references. Thank you so much, you really fast forwarded our study else it would have taken ages for us to learn even in part... Every penny worth 1000 times... Thank you and God bless u and your team.
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