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EVANGELICAL DICTIONARY IS A WINNER,
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This review is from: Evangelical Dictionary of Theology (Baker Reference Library) (Hardcover)
The Evangelical Dictionary of Theology (second edition), is a balanced work by many scholars and includes articles of such contemporary relevance that it is
in its revised format sure to be a winner.
The christian views on aging are highlighted. Something which is very topical in the 21st century where the family cohesion of the 1950's and 60's has gone.
'Celibacy',which is current in the Roman Catholic Church among clergy is discussed and compared with the Protestant Reformed view.
An entry on 'Messianic Judaism', a late 20th century phenomenon which recognises Jesus as the Messiah is explained amid divers views on the appropriate type of hebrew worship to be observed.
Other standarised entries are to give two examples:'New Heaven and New Earth'and the 'Theology of Paul'. But we are on fallow ground with 'Psychology and Christianity', an in depth article which is supplemented by
a 'Psychology of Religion'that underpins the former.
This dictionary is also not afraid to tackle sensitive issues such as overt
'Racism' and the social consequences, morally and spiritually that even now are at the heart of the Christian Church, with continuing tension.
What 'Revelation' in ''general'' and ''special'' senses entail is explained
in a twofold article, and this nicely tones in with 'Righteousness' as an abiding principle. Locked in to this theorem is 'Salvation' in the biblical sense which is a deliverance from Sin;and we are treated to a contrast between the O.T. and the N.T. viewpoints.
Circumstances permitting, 'Social Ethics' is another common boundary which examines the fitness of things in a macro context that spans Polotics, Racism and Crime apropos their interaction or lack of it.
The Dictionary with 1312 pages is broad in scope, having over 200 new articles;axing more than 100 entries from the First edition (1980's) which are deemed to be irrelevant. This tome does carefully explore Systematic Theology with its presupposed adjuncts,historical and philosophical as well as Ethics in its broadert sense. It is a very good companion to the 'Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology' also edited by Walter Elwell.
In closing I would say that to go into finer detail would be to exceed the remit of this selective review, which is to give a flavour of the work which is the finest of its kind and well worth the purchase price.
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