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Basic Theology: A Popular Systematic Guide to Understanding Biblical Truth

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Theology is for everyone.Everyone is a theologian of sorts. Theology simply means thinking about God and expressing those thoughts in some way. But sloppy theology is a problem. As Christians, our
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Published January 11th 1999 by Moody Publishers (first published June 1986)
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Dr Author Wright, PhD, MinD, ThD, DD
Basic Theology by Charles C. Ryrie is a very impressive and compelling study on the basic doctrines of Theology. Mr. Ryrie, a highly acclaimed theologian, presented these basic doctrines in a bold and methodical approach. With his unique ability to unravel complicated biblical teaching, he presents all of the basic doctrines in an uncomplicated manner. Written in a mostly non-technical, conversational style, his approach toward all of the basic doctrines of theology; namely, God, Christ, Holy ...more
Clark Goble
Oct 01, 2012 Clark Goble rated it it was amazing
Charles Ryrie has become one my favorite theologians to read due to his unique ability to present complicated, theological concepts in an accessible and Biblical manner. Ryrie writes from a dispensational vantage point in an incredibly balanced manner and should be required reading for those who enjoy poking fun at the expense of dispensational writers like Tim LeHaye and Jerry Jenkins. For that matter, he should be required reading for Tim LeHaye and Jerry Jenkins!

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Greg Dill
Sep 23, 2015 Greg Dill rated it it was amazing
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I am very humbled and yet glad that I have taken the time to read this wonderful book written by Dr. Ryrie. Although I did not agree with every point he made in this book, I found it to be completely referenced with Scripture rather than just pure conjecture like many Dispensationalists have a tendency to do in relation to some items of theology, namely eschatology. I have learned a great deal from this book, many things that I did not know. I particularly liked how Dr. Ryrie systematically laid ...more
G Walker
This was the first "formal" text that I read on theology. I have read it through at least 2 times over the course of Bible School and Seminary. At the time, I found it basic and boring. Since then, I have come to appreciate aspects of Ryrie that are absent in a lot of others in his tradition. That said, there are some substantive deficiencies in his theology and this text. It is very basic, dispensational, Amyraldian and baptistic. He's a mixed bag between rightly humble at some points and too ...more
Mar 10, 2011 Philip rated it it was amazing
No book outside the Bible itself has done more to shape my thinking that that of Ryrie's Basic Theology. When I was 15, I completed my first journey through this text and left with an indelible impression of the depth and breadth of the teachings of Scripture. Ryrie's simple and witty presentation allows the reader to become immersed in the text and to follow his train of thought well. The arguments are well articulated and the theology is decidedly conservative. Ryrie's style in this volume is ...more
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Covering all the basic doctrines of the Bible (God, The Bible, angels, Satan, demons, man, sin, Jesus Christ, salvation, the Holy Spirit, the church, and prophecy), this is a fine course of study for the layman, a great help and source of material for the Sunday school teacher, and should be a standard text in every Bible college in America. Written in a mostly non-technical, conversational style, Professor Ryrie makes you feel like you are right there in the classroom with him. Even if you have ...more
Anna Mari
Apr 20, 2016 Anna Mari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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From my Basic Theology Class in college. Still my go-to when I have questions. I have loaned it out more times than I can count as well.
Why I like it: It give different biblical views on the same subject. And it makes me think and explore the Bible further to find out why i believe what i believe. Sometimes it's nice to have the challenge.
Nathan Parker
Jul 20, 2015 Nathan Parker rated it really liked it
An excellent overview of Systematic Theology. Concise and digestible, yet solid and Biblical. It makes for an ideal primary textbook at entry level Systematic Theology classes as the material is easy to find and easy to test/quiz students on. It will probably be one of the primary textbooks I use in my entry level Systematic Theology classes.
Jamal Kim
Aug 13, 2013 Jamal Kim rated it really liked it
this is a very difficult book to comprehend especially for newbie christians. its a strong textual foundations of how the bible should be interpreted and possibly applied. if you want a challening text, this is the one :)
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A VERY good book covering the very basic and core components for most theological studies. Whole this author is pretty conservative, I think he was still fair and well balanced in his arguments and presentation.
Charles Riccardi
Jan 03, 2011 Charles Riccardi marked it as to-read
The wisdom of this man is awesome. God has truly revealed many things to me through the reading of this book. I would definitely say an easy to understand theology book.
Mar 21, 2011 Eli rated it liked it
A fine introduction to theology. Not exhaustive, but can be used as a starting place and a springboard for further study.
Crossroads Ecc
Jan 13, 2012 Crossroads Ecc rated it really liked it
An excerpt of Chip Ingram's thoughts: Lays out the great doctrines of scripture in their most simple form.
Mar 16, 2014 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good synopsis of the major doctrines of the Bible. Dr. Ryrie provides many illustrations to help understand complex teachings.
Jared Daugherty
Jan 27, 2008 Jared Daugherty rated it it was amazing
This is a great beginner book for those interested in theology and what is important to remember when reading God's Word.
Kaila Walker
Mar 04, 2016 Kaila Walker rated it it was amazing
This is a great book to start on when it comes to learning about theology and doctrine. I like that it is written so that anyone and everyone can understand it. Definitely a go-to reference for me.
Oct 19, 2013 Rob rated it it was amazing
This book accomplishes exactly what is states on the cover: "A popular systematic guide to understanding biblical truth." I would recommend this for any new student to Christian Theology.
Oct 26, 2009 Mikey marked it as partially-read
"Conservative Protestantism" Orthodoxy. Calvinistic. Textbook for Intro Theology Classes "Survey of Theology I & II, Moody Bible Institute.
Robert Sr
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This is an excellent book.
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Helpful study, more favorable to Grudem though
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Charles Caldwell Ryrie (born 1925) is a Christian writer and theologian. He graduated from Haverford College (B.A.), Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M., Th.D.) and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland (Ph.D.). For many years he served as professor of systematic theology and dean of doctoral studies at Dallas Theological Seminary and as president and professor at Philadelphia College of Bible, now ...more
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“Theology is for everyone. Indeed, everyone needs to be a theologian. In reality, everyone is a theologian—of one sort or another. And therein lies the problem. There is nothing wrong with being an amateur theologian or a professional theologian, but there is everything wrong about being an ignorant or a sloppy theologian. Therefore, every Christian should read theology. Theology simply means thinking about God and expressing those thoughts in some way.” 1 likes
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