A Short Systematic Theology
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A Short Systematic Theology  -     By: Paul F.M. Zahl
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One hundred pages. Three chapters. Twenty-five theses. The whole of Christian theology briefly described, yet full and complete. A Short Systematic Theology is amazing in its brevity, touching on all major theological issues in Christianity. Author Paul Zahl took as his inspiration Summa totius Christianismi (A Summary of the Entire Christian Faith) by Theodore Beza, a one page description of all of Christian theology.

While some would argue that the exposition of Christian theology requires a longer book (or set of books), Zahl does a brilliant job of condensing Christian theology into a very readable book. His twenty-five theses are as follows: theology is Christology; Jesus was the first Christian; the connection between the historical Jesus and the Jesus of today is His resurrection; there is no present form which can adequately describe and locate the presence of Christ in the present; the risen Christ is present in His absence; the presence of Christ's absence is found in works of love; Christ can be present in human love insofar as it resembles His love; the risen Christ is expanding the frontiers of space and time as compassionate love is practiced; Christ is the beginning and end of theology; Satan is the second subject of theology; the Holy Spirit is God's unseen presence; the governing content of Christian theology is atonement; Christ died for our sins; Christ died for our sins; the "for-ness" of God in regard to humanity is prior in theology to the "with-ness" of God; Christ died for our sins; Christ died for our sins; the trinity is the final development in the logic of systematic theology; the atonement conveys the God who is moved both by the suffering and the sin of the world; theology is a testing of the spirits in accordance with the gospel of forgiveness of sins; theology grounded in self-criticism and in the confidence of forgiveness produces freedom; theology is inductive, not received; in true theology, church and tradition always play secondary roles to the gospel of atonement; the critical method, in theology and life, can exorcize the world of false gods and assumptions; the world exists between Christ's death and our death--the Spirit acts in the present through freedom in love.

If you understand these theses, says Zahl, you will understand Christianity and Christian theology.

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Title: A Short Systematic Theology
By: Paul F.M. Zahl
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 104
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2000
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
Weight: 6 ounces
ISBN: 0802847293
ISBN-13: 9780802847294
Stock No: WW47293

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This is a print on demand book and is therefore non- returnable.

Author Bio

Paul F. M. Zahl is a retired Episcopal priest. He formerly was rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Chevy Chase, MD, and dean and president of Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry, Ambridge, PA.

Editorial Reviews

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."

George Carey
"A splendid introduction to the heart of the Christian faith—namely, 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."

Jürgen Moltmann
"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."

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