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Systematic Theology for Zondervan/Pradis Bible Software

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  8,194 ratings  ·  204 reviews
Synopsis. This introductory textbook has several distinctive features: a strong emphasis on the scriptural basis for each doctrine; clear writing, with technical terms kept to a minimum; and a contemporary approach.

Description. The Christian church has a long tradition of systematic theology, that is, studying theology and doctrine organized around fairly standard categor

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Published October 28th 2004 by Bits & Bytes, Inc. (first published 1994)
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Tim
Widely praised in the insular evangelicalism tainted by a taste of modern Reformed thought, Grudem's Systematic Theology is a perfect evangelical circle-jerk, unafraid to be unaware of any currents of modern or historical thought. Relying mostly on evangelical systematics of the last 150 years, and, of course, on his own bent vision of Scripture, Grudem nevertheless assumes his work is timeless and objective.
Grudem defines systematic theology as any study that answers the question, "What does
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Travis
Over the past couple of years, I made it a goal of mine to read through Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology. Grudem’s work is one of the standard systematic theology books used in Bible colleges and seminaries around the world. I read Millard Erickson’s book in my theology classes in seminary, and thus wanted to take a look at Grudem’s work. Over the next few paragraphs, I will mention just a few impressions of the work that I have. I will not attempt a thorough review, as to review a 1,200 page ...more
G Walker
Ehhhh... At one level, I get the hype... at another level, I have HUGE concerns. I am not sure really all what should or shouldn't be said about this work. Out the outset, Grudem is commendable on several levels. He is a first rate communicator. He is a great compiler and organizer. He's not afraid to take on controversial issues or draw unpopular conclusions. When it comes to logic, or at least structured theology, he is good and clearly communicates "tightly wound" argumentation without mental ...more
Reformed Covenanter
Since this book is written by a Particular Baptist-Charismatic, it is not a Reformed systematic theology. It is, however, a systematic theology written from a perspective that is friendly to Reformed theology. For that reason alone, it is not a book that modern Reformed theologians and clergy can safely ignore. If I was to be crudely reductionist in summarising my views on the book, I would suggest that the first 75% is very good, while the remaining 25% is perhaps not so good. This statement wo ...more
Joel

Maybe I'd be too picky to ask a theologian to keep his (or her) personal convictions out of a book entitled Systematic Theology. Grudem is an unabashed non-cessationist charismatic--which is fine--who fails to represent other perspectives as strongly as his own--this I have a problem with. Fortunately, this only comes up a few times throughout the full book. I know it's difficult to keep one's feelings to oneself but in order to validate personal theology in a systematic theology book, it seems,
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benebean
Apr 30, 2014 benebean marked it as paused-progress  ·  review of another edition
disclaimer: this isn't really a real "review" of this book. What I wrote was more like notes on first reactions to the text since a friend of mine had recently/was going through the book around the same time. It really was never meant as a well-crafted expression of my view(s) on the book, nor does it reflect a studious approach on my part in carefully endeavoring to fully understand every argument before offering a well thought out conclusion. So if you end up reading this, take it with a grai ...more
Jackie
Well, it took me almost a year, but I finally finished reading this. After reflecting on it, I'm reminded of a man I interviewed who had earned a Master of Divinity. He warned others considering pursuing a similar degree that you don't go into serious theological study without being prepared to change your mind about things you've long believed about doctrine after weighing all the scriptural evidence. I remembered being surprised when he told me this was the most difficult part of earning his d ...more
Ryan
Whether Grudem's attempt at constructing a Systematic Theology is useful to you or not depends entirely on what you're looking for.


If you're looking for a primer on theology, or even a contribution to the conversation on theology, then avoid this book like the plague. Grudem's Systematic is unabashedly biased, historically shallow, lacking in nuance, narrow in scope, and sparing in dialogue. Even in areas where you might happen to agree with Grudem, you'll still likely be frustrated by his reduc
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John
Aug 22, 2014 John rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone with an interest in Systematic Theology from an Evangelical point of view.
Recommended to John by: Do not recall.
I am generally pleased with this systematic theology. The organization of the text (and it is a textbook make no mistake) makes it easy to read through and then to use as a reference. It is a permanent addition to my library. Some reviews of this text expect more from the author than was his goal. While historical and philosophical considerations are important in the broader study of the Humanities this book was not intended to be an Historical Theology or Philosophy of Religion textbook, it was ...more
Hannah
This was required reading for my college theology class. I liked about a third of it, found another third dry, and disagreed with the other third. For instance, he does not believe in six-day creation, but leans toward a day-age theory, which seems to me to be a bow to evolution. I wish he had included more studies of things like prophecy and symbolism in the Bible; he barely mentioned them, and yet the fulfilled prophecies from the old testament are some of the greatest wonders and miracles of ...more
Amy
Jul 10, 2011 Amy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ALL Christians
Recommended to Amy by: My Pastor
Wow. Grudem defines "Systematic Theology" as what the bible tells us today about any given topic.....and I have to say that after reading this massive text, I feel much more apt to be able to read and understand scripture and apply it to my life. The one major thing that sticks out in this book is the extensive bibliographies at the end of each chapter. Grudem doesn't just leave you hanging with his opinion, he shows you other texts where you can explore other opinions. This book should be requi ...more
Dottie Parish
Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem illuminates the basic doctrines of Christianity. This reference book has seven major sections with chapters in each section. The information is rich, scholarly and detailed, but written in a style easy for a lay person to understand. I read all the way through it!

Grudem ends each chapter with the words to a hymn on the subject of the chapter. In picking hymns to relate to the Christian doctrines he “realized that the great hymns of the church throughout histor
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Aaron Kleinheksel
I highly recommend this book for anyone with an interest in the subject matter, most especially those for whom this will be their first foray into systematic Christian theology. This would be a terrific addition to the bookshelf of any Christian or non-Christian household (I'd love for critics of Christianity to read books like this). Keep in mind it is organized by subject matter, so it isn't necessary to sit down and read it all the way through like I did. You can read up on different topics a ...more
Bob Hayton
Excellent work. Haven't read it all, but I've used it countless times. Grudem is pastorally minded, devotional, yet extremely scholarly too. He is careful and does justice to both sides, yet he firmly asserts and defends his position. This covers spiritual gifts and other topics not typically covered in Systematic Theology books. Plus it is packaged in a single, accessible volume. Highly recommended!
Chad Barnes
Grudem has produced an excellent work from a reformed, Calvinist perspective. Interestingly, many of my friends who are neither reformed nor Calvinist also view Grudem's Systematic Theology as a go-to work. It is surprisingly readable/accessible, even including questions for small group study. Truthfully, it is readable for junior high and up, although the sheer size of it may be too frightening!
Karsten Hultgren
I will begin my review stating that it was a necessary read for class and I wouldn't have touched it otherwise.

If I were to base this off of strict emotional response I would give 1 star. I am having trouble differentiating between critiquing Grudem or the evangelical/biblicalism methodology.Grudem honestly drove me nuts, there was almost no referencing of theologians, the church Fathers, barely a reference to the reformers or philosophers.

Of the 57 chapters and thousands of pages in this book
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Jake
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in any aspect of Christianity. While I am largely in agreement with Grudem's conclusions, my chief appreciation is for his ability to humbly and respectfully dialogue and disagree with alternative convictions. Many Christian writers and bloggers today would do well to emulate the graciousness through which Grudem expresses his conviction.
Heather
Even though I don't agree with all the positions argued in this book, I still give it five stars because I simply love Grudem's presentation. Despite the size of the book as a whole, the chapters rarely if ever feel tedious. The style is clear and nearly conversational, and the layout is easy to follow. Where I do disagree with him, I still appreciate the irenic tone and humble winsomeness with which he presents his opinions. Most of all, I love the chapter endings, with their extensive lists of ...more
Kristi-Joy
I often found Grudem's biblical supports to be inconsistent or even slightly twisted. His organizational structures within each chapter are rather frustrating as well. Yes, it covers everything, and he is highly regarded, but it still isn't that great.
Mark Ridlen
Mar 31, 2008 Mark Ridlen rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: christians, seminary students, bible college students
Very informative, if slightly biased (that's what you get from a single author). It's a must have for the seminary or bible college student, or really anyone who is interested in the nuts and bolts of the Christian faith.
Mary Jo
Not generally something you just pick up and read, but great for learning more indepth about theological debates/doctrines
Tim
Generally reliable, easy-to-read systematic theology.
Charlie Hall
Valuable addition to my resource library.
Josiah Degraaf
Grudem provided excellent insight to many "basic" areas of Christian theology.

Pros:

Grudem's chapter on the canon and how the early church decided which books to recognize (not choose) as part of the canon was really excellent.

His thoughts on the meaning of the term "baptism of the Holy Spirit" were really, really good. I came to the chapter thinking that it meant something else, but he completely convinced me of his position. He viewed it as referring to more of a step in the conversion process
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Jacob Aitken
Grudem has now become the "go-to" guy for Evangelical and Reformed studies. While I have some huge, fundamental disagreements with the book, the organization of the book is nothing short of genius. For those committed to inerrancy, practicality, and evangelical piety, few books can compare with Grudem.

EDIT: I am, and have been for a while, a continuationist in the Grudem sense of the word. That doesn't change anything in the review. I still hold to my conclusions about Grudem's doctrine of God.
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Courtney
I started reading this in September of 2007 and am involved in a 15 month discussion group so I will be reading this book for all of 2008. It's a very organized (thus "systematic") manner of looking at what Scripture has to say about various topics, from the canon of Scripture to its inerrancy and sufficiency, to the Trinity, to God's providence, to satan and demons, to creation, to election, and the list goes on. There are 57 chapters - each covers a different topic and includes every Scripture ...more
Tung
Considered one of the contemporary foundational texts of Biblical doctrine, this 1300-page behemoth covers the entirety of the Evangelical belief system: theology, anthropology, Christology, pneumatology, soteriology, ecclesiology, and eschatology. The appendices even include historic confessions of faith from church tradition. If you’re a seminary student or pastor, this tome is useful for its summary statements about major and minor points of doctrine, and their corresponding Bible verses serv ...more
Polarbear
While This Addition to Christianity's Many Volumes of Theological Works is experiencing a bit of rave since being released, I am not so excited about it. Though it is Great for Novice and Hypsters of the Current Day movements as Emergent and New Calvinist, it merely my own opinion (And a Strong one at that) to say that Nothing New has been discovered. It is concisely simple and easily navigated, referencing topics is quick and clear, Yet I feel that it has nothing to exceed that which has alread ...more
Rob
Grudem gives us a very readable and modern systematic theology. I especially enjoyed his chapter on the Trinity; as I recall, after reading it I exhaled and remarked, "Now that was some good theology!" (I began reading this book with my late pastor, John Baker, in summer 2004.) His bibliographies are helpful cross-references with other systematic theologies, divided into their respective theological traditions (e.g., Anglican, Baptist, Reformed, etc.). Grudem holds to an interesting but Biblical ...more
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