Who Needs Theology? An Invitation to the Study of God  -     By: Stanley J. Grenz, Roger E. Olson
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Who Needs Theology? An Invitation to the Study of God

Inter-Varsity Press / 1996 / Paperback

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To many Christians, theology is something alien, overly intellectual and wholly unappealing. Even seminary students are known to balk at the prospect of a course on theology. Yet theology---most simply, the knowledge of God---is essential to the life and health of the church.

In this short introduction, Stanley Grenz and Roger Olson, two theologians who care deeply about the witness of ordinary Christians and the ministry of the church, show what theology is, what tools theology uses, why every believer (advanced degrees or not) is a theologian and how the theological enterprise can be productive and satisfying. Their clear, easily understood book is ideal for students, church study groups, and individual Christians who want to strengthen understanding, belief, and commitment by coming to know God more fully.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 168
Vendor: Inter-Varsity Press
Publication Date: 1996
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 0830818782
ISBN-13: 9780830818785
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To many Christians theology is something alien, overly intellectual and wholly unappealing. Even seminary students are known to balk at the prospect of a course on theology. Yet theology--most simply, the knowledge of God--is essential to the life and health of the church. In this short introduction, Stanley Grenz and Roger Olson, two theologians who care deeply about the witness of ordinary Christians and the ministry of the church, show what theology is, what tools theology uses, why every believer (advanced degrees or not) is a theologian and how the theological enterprise can be productive and satisfying. Their clear, easily understood book is ideal for students, church study groups and individual Christians who want to strengthen understanding, belief and commitment by coming to know God more fully.

Author Bio

Stanley J. Grenz (1950-2005) earned a B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1973, an M.Div. from Denver Seminary in 1976 and a D.Theol. From the University of Munich (Germany) in 1978, where completed his dissertation under the supervision of Wolfhart Pannenberg. Ordained into the gospel ministry in 1976, Grenz worked within the local church context as a youth director and assistant pastor (Northwest Baptist Church, Denver), pastor (Rowandale Baptist Church, Winnipeg), and interim pastor. In addition he preached and lectured in numerous churches, colleges, universities and seminaries in North America, Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia. Grenz wrote or cowrote twenty-five books, the most recent of which is (2004). His other books include (Westminster John Knox), (with John R. Franke; Westminster John Knox), (IVP), (Eerdmans), (with Denise Muir Kjesbo; IVP), (IVP), and (IVP). He has also coauthored several shorter reference and introductory books for IVP, including (with Roger E. Olson), (with Jay T. Smith), and (with David Guretzki and Cherith Fee Nordling). He contributed articles to more than two dozen other volumes, and has had published more than one hundred essays and eighty book reviews. These have appeared in journals such as and the For twelve years (1990-2002), Grenz held the position of Pioneer McDonald Professor of Baptist Heritage, Theology and Ethics at Carey Theological College and at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. After a one-year sojourn as Distinguished Professor of Theology at Baylor University and Truett Seminary in Waco, Texas (2002-2003), he returned to Carey and resumed his duties as Pioneer McDonald Professor of Theology. In 2004 he assumed an additional appointment as Professor of Theological Studies at Mars Hill Graduate School in Seattle, Washington. Roger E. Olson (Ph.D., Rice University) is professor of theology at George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He is the author of (both InterVarsity Press) and (Westminster John Knox). He is also coauthor of and (both with Stanley J. Grenz, InterVarsity Press), and of (with Christopher A. Hall, Eerdmans).

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  1. Pastor Paul
    Columbus, GA
    Age: 25-34
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    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Who Needs This Book?
    March 4, 2013
    Pastor Paul
    Columbus, GA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
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    Meets Expectations: 4
    "Who Needs Theology?" is an excellent introduction to an important and often misunderstood aspect of the Christian faith. Touching on Jesus' command to "Love the Lord your God with... all your mind..." Grenz and Olson demonstrate that the discipline of theology is designed to do just that.

    The book is written at a high school/ undergraduate level and can be easily understood with a minimum of new vocabulary.

    The only drawback to the work is that the authors begin nearly every chapter by recounting a "Peanuts" comic strip- I wish the publishing house had acquired the rights to reprint the strips.
  2. Ricardo Rocha
    Las Vegas, NV
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 12, 2009
    Ricardo Rocha
    Las Vegas, NV
    If you are starting your theology endeavor this is a great book for you. Grenz and Olson start from the scratch opening our eyes to the truth that everyone is a theologian, the matter is what kind of theologian are we and what kind of theology do we make? They also explore the theologys task, tradition and tools to build a contextualized bridge to our context.
  3. Stephen Zuber
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 8, 2009
    Stephen Zuber
    This book is very sound, readable, and affordable. It's a great introduction into how to think theologically. It doesn't get into specific Christian doctrines.
  4. Michael Garrison
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    February 8, 2008
    Michael Garrison
    This text links concentric circles of Biblical premise, historical-heritage element, and cultural consideration to help the reader form a practical view of study that presents the Christian message. Clearly written with well-chosen examples, this text is approachable to the seeker and reminds the more advanced Theological student of the study's intended simplicity.
  5. Steven Taylor
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 20, 2001
    Steven Taylor
    A rich commonsense look at something we all do; think and talk about God. The mystery of theology is stripped away; theology is "Faith Seeking Understanding." From the newest believer to the greatest theologian can learn from the simple book.
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