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Systematic Theology

4.23  ·  Rating Details ·  11,036 Ratings  ·  255 Reviews
The Christian church has a long tradition of systematic theology, that is, studying theology and doctrine organized around fairly standard categories such as the Word of God, redemption, and Jesus Christ. This introduction to systematic theology has several distinctive features: - A strong emphasis on the scriptural basis for each doctrine and teaching - Clear writing, wit ...more
Hardcover, 1264 pages
Published April 1st 1994 by InterVarsity Press (first published 1994)
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David Layman I don't believe anyone can honestly say they can answer the angel question. I will say this. Angels are merely creatures, creatures that were created…moreI don't believe anyone can honestly say they can answer the angel question. I will say this. Angels are merely creatures, creatures that were created to do God's bidding and to glorify Him.

We, however, were created in the image of God. Created in the image of our creator. We are held in much higher esteem than that of the angels and because of this are entitled to all the convenental blessings and ceremonial rights. Pretty neat right?

My opinion, based on that. Is that no. As creatures created NOT in the image of God and created to glorify and serve Him, I do not believe they marry or have desire to do so.(less)
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Jeff Shelnutt
Apr 20, 2016 Jeff Shelnutt rated it really liked it
Systematic theologies are not easy to rate. There are a number of factors to consider, especially when approaching a work the size and scope of Grudem’s. Plus, there are all sorts of personal criteria that come into play, the least of which is not one’s own theological positions. So, I’ll try to break down this review into a few categories and comment on the appeal of each to me.

Readability. This is where I consider Grudem to shine the brightest. Theological, like philosophical works, are notori
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Tim
Oct 11, 2008 Tim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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Daniel
Aug 16, 2014 Daniel rated it really liked it
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
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
benebean
Sep 06, 2016 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
Joel
Jun 20, 2012 Joel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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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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
Amy
Jul 10, 2011 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  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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Dkovlak
Dec 02, 2015 Dkovlak rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is in excellent book. It is extremely long and very detailed. Mr. Grudem does an excellent job of spelling out each viewpoint for each topic. This book is a tremendous resource for all serious Christians. Almost any question you can think of is addressed by this book from a Christian viewpoint.
Mike Jorgensen
Don't agree with him everywhere but he got me started in systematic theology.
Ryan
Nov 25, 2013 Ryan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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Hannah
Dec 30, 2015 Hannah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
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
Emily
Aug 29, 2015 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faith, fbc-recs
A "systematic theology" is a book that attempts to explain all of the major doctrines of Christianity and their basis in scripture, and Grudem's work is simply excellent. It's a textbook that can be read either straight through or used for reference when questions about specific doctrines arise, and I think it's a wonderful resource for Christians or those interested in the faith. It's very clear and accessible to a lay audience without seeming to compromise on important nuances. And it's satura ...more
John
Aug 22, 2014 John rated it really liked it  ·  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
Chad Barnes
May 16, 2011 Chad Barnes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reference
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!
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!
Jake
Nov 21, 2013 Jake rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Chris Hamm
Jan 15, 2015 Chris Hamm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I gave it five stars simply for the fact that I can't give it four. Did I agree with everything the author said? No. But I appreciate his thoroughness in coming to his conclusions. And I liked the devotional aspect of the book.

Even if you disagree with his Reformed-leaning views, there's still a lot to be learned from this book.
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.
Nick Gibson
Aug 06, 2016 Nick Gibson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A useful and clear "first systematic theology" that is unafraid to take a position and equally unafraid to present the opposition. My agreement with Grudem's choices waxes and wanes, but my confidence that reading it was worth the time does not.
Mark Ridlen
Mar 31, 2008 Mark Ridlen rated it liked it  ·  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.
Erik Spohr
Feb 16, 2015 Erik Spohr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology
Thorough and quite accessible. Grudem's Systematic Theology has proved a useful resource in my growth as a disciple and in my effort to disciple others.
Becca Rudy
Jun 19, 2016 Becca Rudy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nothing has increased my love for the Savior more this last year than a book that helps me to mine the depths of His knowledge and revelation.
Mary Jo
Feb 23, 2010 Mary Jo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not generally something you just pick up and read, but great for learning more indepth about theological debates/doctrines
Darrell George
Jun 02, 2016 Darrell George rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A Critical Review of Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem


Disclaimer: while this review is critical in nature, it’s not my place to judge Grudem’s motives, sincerity, or faith. All believers will stand before Jesus Christ very soon to give an account —starting with myself. The critical standard applied to Mr. Grudem’s book should be equally applied to my review based on the Word of God.
This review is written with the bias that the Bible is the sole authority for faith and practice. Many Christians
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Charlie Hall
May 17, 2011 Charlie Hall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
Valuable addition to my resource library.
Tim
Apr 16, 2012 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Generally reliable, easy-to-read systematic theology.
Jay Risner
May 27, 2009 Jay Risner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nicely done.
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Wayne Grudem (PhD, University of Cambridge; DD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is research professor of theology and biblical studies at Phoenix Seminary, having previously taught for 20 years at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Grudem earned his undergraduate degree at Harvard University, as well as an MDiv from Westminster Seminary. He is the former president of the Evangelical Theologica ...more
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“I do not believe that God intended the study of theology to be dry and boring. Theology is the study of God and all his works! Theology is meant to be LIVED and PRAYED and SUNG! All of the great doctrinal writings of the Bible (such as Paul's epistle to the Romans) are full of praise to God and personal application to life.” 14 likes
“I am convinced that there is an urgent need in the church today for much greater understanding of Christian doctrine, or systematic theology. Not only pastors and teachers need to understand theology in greater depth -- the WHOLE CHURCH does as well. One day by God's grace we may have churches full of Christians who can discuss, apply and LIVE the doctrinal teachings of the Bible as readily as they can discuss the details of their own jobs or hobbies - or the fortunes of their favorite sports team or television program.” 7 likes
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