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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2015
ISBN: 9781441265180
ISBN-13: 9781441265180

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The Foundations of Theology in Everyday Language

Dallas Seminary professors Nathan Holsteen and Michael Svigel are passionate about the key doctrines of Christianity. They want readers to know why they're important and why they matter. This volume includes two parts:
· From Dust to Dust: Creation, Humanity, and the Fall
· Wise Unto Salvation: Gospel, Atonement, and Saving Grace
The authors explore these important topics in a concise and highly readable style that makes sense--whether you're a student of the Bible, a pastor, or someone who simply wants to know God better.

For each topic you'll find
· An introduction, overview, and review of the key points
· Several applicable Bible texts, including verses to memorize
· A quick-paced history of the doctrine
· Distortions to be aware of and avoid
· Reading lists for further study
· A glossary of theological terms

"Exploring Christian Theology is a wonderful doctrinal primer that teaches theology in a way that will engage you and cause you to reflect. . . . A great way to get acquainted with key biblical theological themes."--Darrell Bock, Senior Research Professor, Dallas Theological Seminary

Author Bio

Nathan D. Holsteen, ThM, PhD, is Associate Professor of Theological Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, where he teaches all areas of systematic theology. Trained as an engineer, he is awed by systems of theology that exhibit internal coherence.

Michael J. Svigel, ThM, PhD, is the Department Chair and an Associate Professor of Theological Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. He has written numerous Bible study guides, articles, and papers, and is the author of RetroChristianity. Learn more at www.retrochristianity.com.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    For serious bible learners
    September 3, 2015
    Ben
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This book is for serious bible learners. I will recommend this book to all who want to learn bible especially young men and women.
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    User Friendly Theology Book!
    August 14, 2015
    Kaitlin
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    I can't say I'm a huge fan of reading theology books but this one was quite good! This is the second volume, in a three volume set, and it focuses on the theology for creation, the fall and salvation.

    The book is useful in many ways and for many people! It could be used for the new believer, to give a nice over-view of the various doctrines that the church stands on and how they differ from denomination to denomination. For the seasoned believer it offers insight into the history behind the doctrines, which is an area I found very fascinating, as well as practical and scripture filled ways to implement the various principles. And for the scholar, this book would make an excellent resource to add to their library!

    I greatly enjoyed the format of the text, in that, the book was broken into two sections and those sections broken into many smaller sections. It helped me focus on the different areas of each, (creation, fall and salvation) and pick up on key ideas, themes, principles, past concepts and where we stand today.

    So over-all, if you are looking for a basic but in depth theology book, I highly recommend this one and I think I might even see about adding the other to volumes to our own collection!

    I received this book, from the publisher, in exchange for my honest review.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Easy To Understand
    August 1, 2015
    Faithful1
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I hope you won't be intimidated by the title of this book because you don't have to be a Bible scholar to enjoy it. Holsteen & Svigel have done a good job in making sure it is simple and easy to understand, even for laypersons (and I am one). I knew I was going to love reading the book as soon as I opened it to the Contents pages. Yes, I can get excited just reading a table of contents.

    One benefit I received from reading Exploring Christian Theology was that it provoked me to search further and study more. There are two parts to the book with extensive lists of other books recommended for further study at the end of each part. The recommended books are rated beginner, intermediate, and advanced. The rating at least helps so you won't spend your money on something too difficult or not suited to you. But, there's always the library to explore. The bibliographies are good too, as well as a nice glossary of terms for readers not familiar with Christian doctrines. (See also Vol. 1 & Vol. 3)

    You will also read about the different views on various Christian doctrines. There are major themes summarized, charts and graphs (which I love), scripture verses to memorize, and practical applications. But there is so much more. In the chapter titled "Facts To Never Forget" there are six given. All six are important, but I want to share a couple sentences from Fact #2-All humans are created in God's image and have inherent dignity:

    ".....all people have inherent dignity and worth as image-bearing creatures of God. No matter what gender, no matter what age, no matter what race, no matter what economic level--every human being is singularly significant. And no other worldview can genuinely affirm human equality." It's shameful to admit, but that fact is often the most forgotten by many Christians.

    I've studied and taught Bible studies for over 45 years and I still learned a wealth of information from this book that was new to me. We never stop learning. So, go ahead. Don't be afraid to indulge in Exploring Christian Theolgy-Volume Two. It's now on my shelf for everyday use and I hope it'll soon be on yours!

    * I received this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for a public review.
  4. Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    2 Stars Out Of 5
    Hard to Understand
    July 17, 2015
    cmwinner
    Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 2
    Value: 2
    Meets Expectations: 2
    Nathan Holsteen and Michael Svigel wrote this book to help others understand why learning Christian theology, and they keys doctrines are important to learn. This particular volume talks about creation, the fall and salvation.

    The book is divided into two parts. The first one is about creation and the fall and the second part is about salvation. In each section they give a high-altitude survey, passages to master, a section in each on retrospect (where they cover each period in history, the Patristic period, the Medieval period, the Protestant Period and the Modern Period), facts to never forget, dangers to avoid, and principles to put into practice. They end each section with quotes from famous people throughout each of the time periods. They also give several recommendations of books to add to our library.

    Through most of this book I found it very difficult to understand, which makes a little hard to write a review. They explored so many different areas in each view, that I had a hard time pinpointing exactly what they believed and why the believe in the way they do. I think this would be a great book for a Bible student but for someone like me, I need something a lot more simple to read and understand then this book.

    I received this book from Bethany House Publishers and Baker Group for the sole purpose of this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are entirely my own.
  5. Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    You Are Here
    July 10, 2015
    Michele Morin
    Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    In order to get where you want to go, you need to know where you are. Its true in the mall, its true on a family road trip, and it is earth-shatteringly true in theology. Nathan D. Holsteen and Michael J. Svigel, both professors at Dallas Theological Seminary, have opened the map of Scripture, drawn some diagrams, and planted many a helpful road sign in Exploring Christian Theology, Volume II. Their goal to help their readers to better understand our own place in Gods unfolding story.

    Part One examines and clarifies the doctrines around creation, humanity, and the fall. Part Two unpacks the theology of the gospel, the atonement, and saving grace. Following an orderly format and utilizing accessible illustrations and relevant examples, the authors peel back the layers of intimidation that keep believers from tackling a serious study of theology on their own. The truth we gain from this volume is that serious study need not be painful or even difficult!

    Since theology provides a road map for understanding the truth of Scripture, Holsteen and Svigel team up with a string of writers to provide an assortment of Scripture passages to master in gaining an understanding of creation, the fall, and redemption. Given that our understanding of the Word of God has been subject to a long history of clarification, changes, and challenges, the authors trace the major themes of human depravity and salvation through the early church era, the medieval period, the Reformation, and into Modern times. In this section, charts and sidebars provide a convenient aerial view. Then, because the Christian faith is firmly rooted in fact, they list a few of the reassuringly straightforward truths that are foundational to Christianity. Of course, there are dangers to avoid in theological thinking and several are examined; however, the common pitfall of keeping theology shut up in the ivory tower can be avoided with some of the practical principles offered in both sections of Exploring Christian Theology.

    Even with their concise style and tight logic, Holsteen and Svigel make no claims that their 264 pages will serve as the last word on any topic. Quite the contrary. Exploring Christian Theology should be viewed as a springboard to further study, and just to make sure the pool is good and full, the book provides a list of names and quotations from major figures in historical theology (think Clement of Rome and Irenaeus up through J.I. Packer and Henry Thiessen). An annotated bibliography follows with recommended resources on the theology of salvation, redemption, the atonement and other topics as well as some controversial issues from a variety of vantage points. These resources are even rated: beginner, intermediate, advanced.

    A valuable addition to a church library or a familys book shelf, a supplement to a homeschooling curriculum, or simply a resource for personal study, Exploring Christian Theology will serve to confirm the truth of Romans 11:33:

    Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!

    What a motivation for a lifetime of learning!

    This book was provided by Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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