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The History of Christian Doctrines (Twin Brooks Series)

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Berkhof traces the great movements of thought within the church from the apostolic fathers to the last century, on such doctrines as the Trinity the Person of Christ, Sin and Grace, the Atonement, the Church, the Sacraments, and the Last Things.
Hardcover, 285 pages
Published October 1st 1991 by Banner of Truth (first published 1937)
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Matt
Dec 11, 2011 Matt rated it liked it
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Good survey book, miss some part of the history because the author looked principally at the history of Christian doctrines with the Reformed view as being the apogee of this history. One thing though: where are the dates? The timeline is very vague.
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Oct 04, 2016 John Nash rated it really liked it
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A pretty decent summary of doctrine. Berkhof is obviously a Reformed lad which restricts his work to doctrines particularly relevant to his theological heritage. A decent compendium to his Systematic Theology - not entirely useful in and of itself, but a concise reference work nonetheless.
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This is an excellent book on the history of how Christian theological thought has developed over the past couple thousand years. One can see the foundation for so many modern heresies and modern common opinions and interpretations about God and Scripture in so many of the ideas that developed centuries ago which simply get repackaged under new names today. Berkhof is very approachable in his writing and gives a fair and honest representation of the many different doctrines that are discussed in ...more
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Jun 20, 2013 Gary rated it really liked it
The conciseness of this work makes it particularly useful either as a quick recap of the subject or an introduction to it. Berkhof knew his subjects as well as any.

A trusted work.

I sure benefited a lot.

Favourite aspect: the layout of the material.
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Louis Berkhof (1873–1957) was a Reformed theologian best known for his Systematic Theology (1932). He taught for almost four decades at Calvin Theological Seminary and served as its president from 1931–1944. In his work on systematic theology Berkhof followed in the line of John Calvin and embraced the development of Reformed theology by the Dutch theologians Abraham Kuyper and Herman Bavinck.

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