Currents in Theology & Mission
"With this delightful gem, Zahl . . . offers a concise summation of the gospel and its impact on life, a work appropriate for personal or group study. . . Zahl's approach to theology is nonspeculative, narrative-based, brief but meaty and intense, sensitive to contemporary pop culture and yet markedly scholarly. . . This book gets to the core of Christian beliefs quickly and is also fully confident that the historic Protestant tradition speaks to today's concerns. It could be tackled by adult groups in congregations, pastors' study groups, and introductory college or seminary classes. Zahl's is a refreshing voice thanks to his confidence about the gospel."
The Living Church
"Zahl's work reflects his study of continental European thought of the first half of the 20th century. Some theologians may regret the lack of reference to the many activist movements of the rest of the last century, but they would need to work hard to present an equally succinct and powerful summary of God's gracious gifts to humanity in Jesus Christ."
"A splendid introduction to the heart of the Christian faithnamely, the person and work of Jesus Christ. Paul Zahl is one of the most exciting theologians in the United States today. He has that rare ability to combine serious theology with the world of art and modern life. I commend this important book."
"A radical, challenging theology, truly systematic in the yes-and-no style of the confessing church. Paul Zahl's twenty-five theses will initiate a new discussion about the subject, content, and method of a theology deserving of the name 'Christian.' This book will help clear up the fog of religious obscurities current today."
Theological Book Review
"This short systematic theology is a refreshing alternative to works on Christian doctrine that are too large or demanding for personal or group study. . . Encompassing a great wealth of knowledge in a user-friendly, easy-to-follow format, A Short Systematic Theology is one of the best resources available for introducing the fundamentals of the Christian faith in a variety of educational settings."