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  • Paperback: 413 pages
  • Publisher: SCM Press (31 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0334040191
  • ISBN-13: 978-0334040194
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 56.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Mike Higton is a Senior Lecturer in Theology at the University of Exeter.


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The volume is one of the SCM `Core Text' series, aimed at 2nd and 3rd year undergraduates, and as such would not be a particularly easy read for any without some theological training. Nevertheless, its qualities mean that anyone who is a Christian would benefit from having a go and, having done so, will be richly rewarded by the experience. While Higton deals with some of the most obvious traditional topics: the Trinity, Incarnation, the Holy Spirit, Creation, Death, Suffering etc., he does so in a way that is soaked in Christian devotion and driven by the imperative not simply to `make sense' of (what we mean by) `God', but particularly what all that means for living a Christian life. So `theological proficiency' lies not particularly in the ability to write an essay on the Chalcedonian Definition but in becoming "critically attentive to the world.......to start taking critical notice of the ideas and patterns of thought that make the world go round....to learn what happens when you start examining and questioning all those ways of making sense in the light of the gospel, asking what difference might be made to those ways of making sense by the belief that God has addressed the world in Jesus Christ". Another appealing feature is the intellectual humility of the author. Many books on Christian Doctrine manage to give the impression that the writer has had some kind of privileged `viewing' of the Godhead; that they are explaining to us - rather like being guided around a factory - how this bit works, how that bit is related to the other bit, and so on. Higton is not that kind of guide.Read more ›
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When I studied Divinity, at the time my faculty mostly studied theologians, and so I felt a bit left out when I met others who had studied Systematic Thelogy. Since graduating, any theological study I have done has concentrated on the history of theology rather than at a purely systematic level.

Therefore, I bought this book to bring me up to date. I must say I am not disappointed. It is lucid, avoiding much of the jargon and academic language found in some theological textbooks. Although my theological outlook is somewhat conservative, I think Mike Higton's book is as good and fair an introduction to Christian Doctrine as you will get. However, some knowledge of the historical development of the subject would help place this book's treatment of Christian Doctrine in its context. Nevertheless, Christians and students of theology of whatever persuasion should consider buying this book for it will reward careful study and thought time after time.
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Really hard work getting into and I wonder if it could have been condensed. More for the scholars than the average man in the street who wants to know about Jesus, who he was and what he stood for.
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What Higton has managed with this text is give a very good starting point within the Christian realm. It is by no where near a complete look (as very few books can ever be) at what Christian Doctrine is out there. However, what it does give is the basics on which Christian Doctrine is founded and what this means in the Christian world. It is a much better example than Christian Ethics by Neil Messer. If you wanted a basic start in this subject Higton is a good place to start before moving up to McGrath or Brown.
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