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The revised edition of A Theology for the Church retains its original structure, organized under these traditional theological categories: revelation, God, humanity, Christ, the Holy Spirit, salvation, the church, and last things.

Each chapter within these sections contains answers to the following four questions: What does the Bible say? What has the church believed? How does it all fit together? How does this doctrine impact the church today?

Contributions from leading Baptist thinkers R. Albert Mohler, Jr., Paige Patterson, and Mark Dever among others will also appeal to the broader evangelical community. Included in this revision are new chapters on theological method from a missional perspective (Bruce Ashford and Keith Whitfield) and theology of creation, providence, and Sabbath that engages current research in science and philosophy (Chad Owen Brand). Chapters on special revelation (David Dockery) and human nature (John Hammett) have also been updated.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 770
Vendor: B&H Academic
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 10.00 X 7.00 X 2.13 (inches)
ISBN: 1433682133
ISBN-13: 9781433682131

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Daniel L. Akin is the president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. He holds a Ph.D. in Humanities from the University of Texas at Arlington and has authored or edited many books and Bible commentaries including Ten Who Changed the World and the Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary volumes on Mark and 1, 2, 3 John.

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  1. Ms Muffet
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent Textbook for Theology
    February 22, 2017
    Ms Muffet
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Needed the book for my Theology class. Easy to read, a wealth of information, and a must-have for in-depth study of Theology.
  2. Danny Iselin
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    Mere re-hash of the first edition
    January 15, 2017
    Danny Iselin
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    This 2nd edition (why do there need to be 2nd editions in the first place?-unless perhaps the original contributors have fallen foul of denominational favor?-or simply to increase sales?) is little improvement upon the first edition, the exception being new authors to replace the first edition ones on the chapters on "Prolegomena", now retitled "Theological Method", "The Work of God: Creation and Providence", and a new co-author for "Special Revelation". While this book poses itself as "integrated theology," it lends itself more as a tome of historical theology than systematic theology, with all the latest academe-speak of confected terms and concepts within the last twenty years. (This wouldn't be tolerated for five minutes in an adult Sunday School class in any Southern Baptist congregation!) In this fashion it appears to betray its new second edition's purpose statement of 'equipping the people of God to know and love God and to participate in his mission in the world." Given the demographics of the Southern Baptist Convention, this volume is way too ivory tower for this to be accomplished. If anything, it's a reflection of a group of academicians in a conservative, evangelical seminary to prove their competence among the broad spectrum of theological peers.
  3. roymilner2001
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent Textbook on Theology
    July 1, 2016
    roymilner2001
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I bought this textbook to use while taking an online course in theology. The book itself is great! The chapters are laid out to answer basic questions of what the bible says and why we believe and why it matters what we believe. I recommend this book to anyone who has interest in any aspect of Christian theology. All the chapters are written by different authors, but all write in easy to understand English. I don't think I've seen a better theology textbook anywhere.
  4. John M Kight
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    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Well-Written and Refreshingly Practical
    February 27, 2016
    John M Kight
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    Quality: 5
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    A Theology for the Church edited by Daniel L. Akin has been a unique contribution to the field of systematic theology since it was originally published in 2007. This revised edition preserves the original structure and organization of the previous edition. The book is divided into the eight major theology sections generally characterizing systematic theologyRevelation, God, Humanity, Christ, the Holy Spirit, Salvation, the Church, and the Last Thingswith fourteen chapters therein. Furthermore, two additional chapters have been addedTheological Method: An Introduction to the Task of Theology by Bruce Ashford and Keith Whitfield (Ch. 1) and The Work of God: Creation and Providence by Chad Owen Brand (Ch. 5)and revisions have also been made to the chapter on Special Revelation by David S. Dockery (Ch. 3) and Human Nature by John S. Hammett (Ch. 7).

    One of the most unique aspects of A Theology for the Church that the reader will immediately recognize is the number of participants involved. This is unusual for this type of work, but very well executed. The contributors to this volume include prominent Southern Baptist figures, such as R. Albert Mohler Jr., Paige Patterson, Mark E. Dever, Russell D. Moore, Daniel L. Akin, Malcolm B. Yarnell III, Timothy George, and many more. Each contributor writes in particular areas of expertise and interest, making the combined effort well worth the investment. Apart from the various contributors that make up the volume, the reader will also benefit from the unique fourfold execution of each of the chapters: (1) What does the Bible say? (2) What has the Church believed? (3) How does it all fit together? and (4) How does it impact the Church today? This approach to systematic theology helpfully provides the reader with exposure to other theological disciplines, including historical theology, biblical theology and practical theology.

    While A Theology for the Church is certainly well-situated for use across denominational lines, it is a systematic theology text firmly established within the Southern Baptist tradition. Therefore, some doctrinal disagreement will be inevitable for the non-Southern Baptist. Of course, this should be anticipated with almost any systematic theology textespecially if you are reading it with differing theological lenses. Still, I found the interaction throughout to be evenhanded and consistent. Although I found that some of the chapters were better presented than others. One major disappointment was the lack of a for further reading section at the close of each chapter. This would have been a helpful addition to the volume, especially given the Southern Baptist focus therein. The addition of study questions at the conclusion of the chapters would have also been a good addition.

    A Theology for the Church edited by Daniel L. Akin is a well-researched, historically helpful, and practically significant masterpiece of systematic theology. From the contribution roster to the intentional execution of each individual chapter, the reader is carefully guided through the rough trenches of systematic theology from beginning to end with ecclesiastical care. While a plethora of systematic theology options may be available on the market today, including a number of well-known Southern Baptist options, for the reasons outlined above (and more), I believe that A Theology for the Church has rightly demonstrated itself as one of the best. If youre interested in a well-written and refreshingly practical engagement from a Southern Baptist perspective, then look no further. This volume comes highly recommended and will be used often.

    I received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 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.
  5. James Hickman
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    If Pastors would only?
    October 9, 2015
    James Hickman
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    This review was written for A Theology for the Church / Revised - eBook.
    If Pastors would only start preaching the Word like this oh the glory of church would shine once again would encourage all pastors teachers even college professors to buy this book and slowly and prayerfully read this book and start that verse by verse word by word preaching the change it would it would do in your life and your flock, highly recommend it. I get nothing out of it but the Joy of recommending this book CJ
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