Historical Theology: An Introduction to Christian DoctrineGregg R. AllisonZondervan / 2011 / Hardcover$38.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 7 Reviews
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Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Superb!April 4, 2018Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Heres an excellent help for when you are studying doctrine. Designed as a companion to Wayne Grudems Systematic Theology, this volume looks beyond what to believe to what has been believed. I fully agree that what has been believed is a wise thing to consider when formulating doctrine. Though this book is technically a textbook, any pastor or Bible student could glean much from its use. It reads much better than a typical textbook too. Mr. Allison must have aced a creative writing class somewhere in his past.
Though this book is tied to Grudems work, it could be used independently or with any systematic theology. The order the doctrines are approached matches Grudem, as do the overall conclusions. Ive used Grudems work extensively over the years, so I knew in advance where I would and would not agree with Mr. Allison. His judicious handling of historical fact even when it didnt completely match his own opinions is praiseworthy. For that matter, I found his tone toward other viewpoints a model of grace. His respectful approach adds much value to its already rich content.
When working systematically on doctrine in the future Ill still first reach for my favorite, trusted systematic theologies, but I will definitely grab this book too before I stop. Discovering the history of belief on the major doctrines is at once revealing and the icing on the cake. This book delivers!
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StephenAge: 35-44Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Great book on Historical TheologyJanuary 25, 2013StephenAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5This is a great book for anyone interested learning the historical aspects of the various doctrines of the Church, their development, and how they have been understood over the centuries.
parkerj5 Stars Out Of 5A Great Companion to Grudem's Systematic TheologyOctober 12, 2012parkerjQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Historical Theology by Gregg Allison is an excellent tool in the hands of any believer. This book, referenced as a companion guide to Wayne Grudem's Systematic Theology and an introduction to Christian Doctrine, shines in its attempt to make the reader familiar with the doctrines it presents and their historical context. This book should be a must buy for anyone who owns Grudem's Systematic Theology and has an interest in digging deeper.
The book is laid out into seven parts:
1) The Doctrine of the Word of God
2) The Doctrine of God
3) The Doctrine of Humanity
4) The Doctrines of Christ and the Holy Spirit
5) The Doctrine of the Application of Redemption
6) The Doctrine of the Church
7) The Doctrine of the Future
These are the same seven divisions that Grudem's book has which makes cross referencing very easy. When studying a certain topic of theology it is easy to go back and forth between these two books and this book really compliments Grudem's very well. In studying the various doctrines in this book Allison takes the reader through church history and divides it into four periods: the early church, the middle ages, the reformation and the modern period. Allison references a wide range of sources and anyone from Augustine to Chrysostom to Calvin to Wesley to Edwards and many more can be found in this work.
Historical Theology is packaged very nicely for the reader and serves as a great companion tool with Grudem's Systematic Theology. Any serious student of the Word would do well to add this book to their library and study it for years to come! What a wonderful gift to the church!
I received a copy of this book from Zondervan in exchange for an honest review.
SamsonChicago, IllinoisAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Outstanding Book on Historical TheologyJuly 5, 2012SamsonChicago, IllinoisAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Allison does a outstanding job on research, in the history of the church. Allison does not skip a beat, everybody from Clement of Rome, Polycarp, to Billy Graham. If only two books could be on your shelf besides the Bible it would be this one and Grudem's systematic theology.
patchAubrun, WaAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5March 16, 2012patchAubrun, WaAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a wonderful book. I've always wanted to know how we got from there to here. This book pretty much answers my questions. I would highly recommend it to any one who wanted to know the history of the church. Thank you.