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June 2, 2009
I have read the great Reformed Theologians;Calvin, Edwards, Hodge, Warfield, Berkhof,and Murray, and I must say that I wouldglady discard all of their theological worksand retain only William Shedd's DOGMATIC THEOLOGY. Why? Shedd is both DEEP and CLEAR at the sametime. This is an art of writing theology which few have and<br /><br />Shedd certainly has this skill. Shedd willexplain not only from Scripture but alsosystematically with logic establish why Christian truth must be so and could not any other way.This edition by Alan Gomes of Talbot Seminaryis BETTER than any previous editions ofShedd's DOGMATIC THEOLOGY. Gomes' edition has better paragraph headings along with better footnotes and better supplementary endnotes without changing hardly any of the contents. Ordering Reformed Theology? Make it Shedd's!
This edition has set the standard for all critical works of theology. All the Greek and Hebrew have been translated while footnoted with the original language. A dictionary of terms is given in the back. At the end of each chapter, various points made throughout that chapter are reflected upon by lengthy quotations from other works. It is like getting 3 books in one.This is probably the best lay persons introduction to systematic theology. Though this work has been translated from the original German into English, it is NOT Sunday suppliment reading, however. Shedd plumbs the depths of theological debate which will never be exhausted. Though not as detailed Edwards paper on free-will, Shedd's Dogmatic Theology is certainly easier to read. His thesis that "the inclination of the will is the result of self-determination, not of volition," opens a whole new way of thinking for the reflective reader.This edition is a must for any serious theological library. If only more theological works would adopt its format.