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Everyone's a Theologian: An Introduction to Systematic Theology

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Many people react negatively to the word theology, believing that it involves dry, fruitless arguments about minute points of doctrine. Yet as Dr. R.C. Sproul argues, everyone is a theologian. Any time we think about a teaching of the Bible and strive to understand it, we are engaging in theology. Therefore, it is important that we put the Bible’s varied teachings togethe

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Kindle Edition, 370 pages
Published March 11th 2014 by Reformation Trust Publishing
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Rachel
This is a great overview of Systematic Theology!

While I didn't agree 100% with all the views presented (infant baptism, amillennialism, etc.), I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and learned a lot from it. My copy has lots of underlining in it! :) I loved his treatment of dominion, and the image of God in man, some of the points in canonicity were new to me, and there were a few other places that I will have to refer back to in the future.
Vianny D'Souza
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely brilliant! I usually don't give 5 stars unless I've thoroughly enjoyed every moment with the book. With this book I did. Many a people relate theology with two words- boring and difficult. RC Sproul proves just the opposite with this wonderful book. Everyone who's interested in theology (knowledge of God) and everyone who believes himself to be a Christian should go through this book at least once. It's one of the most easiest and palatable systematic theology book. Covers all the maj ...more
Matt Galyon | readsandcoffee
This was just tremendous. Sproul is concise but writes with precision on all the major points of evangelical doctrine. As a theology student, sometimes introductory books aren’t that beneficial, but I found this to be immensely helpful and well worth reading. I would gladly recommend this to anyone interested in learning about or studying Evangelical Christian doctrine. 5 stars all the way!
Amanda
Aug 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book because I am taking a class on systematic theology at my church, and our instructor relies heavily on this text for material. From what I understand, this book is the more accessible of texts regarding systematic theology.

For the most part, I found this book very helpful in defining systematic theology as well as different branches of theology. Sproul takes the reader through 60 chapters on various topics such as angels and demons, salvation, the Resurrection and grace.

I h
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Michael Santini
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever wondered what qualifies your pastor or priest to lead the local church? Or for that matter, have you ever questioned what is taught in seminary? Then, this book is definitely for you. Written by a Reformed Protestant theologian, the author covers almost every theological aspect pertaining to the Bible. Admittedly, the book is a little dry. However, make no bones about it - you will be greatly informed as to the knowledge gained by clergy, without actually attending any classes.
wpschrec
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology
Very good introduction to systematic theology
Roger Leonhardt
Oct 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
R.C has always been my favorite Theologian. I was introduced to the reformed faith through many of his writings. So when he writes a new book, I jump at the chance to read it. In this case I was blessed to listen to it.

This book is basically a short Systematic Theology. But do not let that description fool you. It contains much depth. He called in an introduction but it covers every major theme in Theology.

Each chapter takes a subject from the Bible and explains it out using scripture. It is wri
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Randall Hartman
Mar 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the audio book at least twice on my commute. The title gives the reason for the book - we all have a view, level of knowledge, and understanding of God; the only question is whether our understanding is grounded in the Bible or made up on our own.

Sproul clearly and in an organized and disciplined fashion walks through numerous important aspects of historic, orthodox, apostolic Christian faith. He explains complex ideas simply and clearly using many examples that illumine. He's dir
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Brenda
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: challies-2017
There are a lot of helpful books out there, but Christians shouldn't neglect serious study of doctrine. This is a good, solid resource, well-written, scholarly but understandable. Even though it's an "introduction," there's a lot of meat here that will give the reader a solid foundation for deeper study. (I actually listened to an audiobook that I got from christianaudio.com. The production quality is very good, as is the reader.)
Justin Orman
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Theology is life. Everyone has a belief; the only question is what your basis is for that belief. Dr. Sproul has written a solid, yet approachable volume on the subject that should be (or something equivalent) required reading for all believers. While I'm not in total agreement with Dr Sproul on some intra-orthodox doctrinal views, he is not overly dogmatic in those areas; only on orthodox questions does he take a hard line usually, which I appreciated. Highly recommended.
Michael Boling
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The statement that everyone is a theologian may seem strange to some. After all, theologians are most often associated with those either in the academic community or a pursuit that is the domain of those who occupy the pulpit. It is unfortunate that some believe the study of God is not for them given the fact that all believers are called to “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15) It i ...more
Travis
Nov 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
R. C. Sproul is a name that is synonymous with rich doctrinal teaching that believers of all education levels can understand. For years, his teachings have tackled some of the most difficult doctrinal issues with grace, clarity, and often a fair bit of Latin. In his latest work, Sproul dives into a simple introduction to systematic theology.

From the outset, I have to say that I have always been fond of Sproul and his teachings. So, as you might expect, I am very pleased with this book. I will
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Ethan
Feb 17, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book on the recommendation of a friend--I don't think I would have read it of my own accord, but I'm not sorry that I did.

Sproul takes the sometimes esoteric language and subject matter of theology and demystifies it, making it much more accessible to the average reader. As one who has taken several classes on theology, I know just enough to make me dangerous, but I would by no means call myself a great theologian. This book was helpful to me in defining certain terms I was unfa
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Rob Sumrall
I am a HUGE R.C. Sproul fan. The Holiness of God and Chosen By God are seminal works in how I currently think about God. I hold Sproul in the highest of regard as an author, theologian, and Christian leader.

I guess that's why I was so disappointed with Everyone's a Theologian.

I was thrilled when I saw the book at a conference I attended. I am always on the lookout for new systematic theologies. I immediately purchased it and began my digestion of Everyone's a Theologian shortly after. What I di
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Isaiah Jesch
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Looking through my records, it is clear that Dr. Sproul has enjoyed a prominent place in my reading over the last two years. Having read through 23 books by Dr. Sproul I intended to take a break from reading his works to focus on other great authors who are on my shelves, but I got such a great deal on this book that I altered my plans and decided to read it as a devotional study now.

I greatly appreciate Dr. Sproul's ability to take on topics like these and write with a simple and precise clari
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Steven
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Everyone's a Theologian R.C. Sproul provides a resource that will open the world of theology to wide audience. Delving into theological study can seem like a daunting task for pastors let alone the average person. This work is very reflective of Sproul's life work of introducing theology to the average person.

Many people are intimidated by systematic theologies that require fork lifts to move. This book isn't one of those. By the standards of systematic theologies this work counts as short, t
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Lorraine
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, rc-sproul
Everyone's a Theologian is information overload in a good way. After all, it's an introduction to Systematic Theology. The author touches on creation, the attributes of God, philosophy, Christology, eschatology, and many more.

I am speculating here but I think most Christians, at least where I'm from, have a lack of knowledge of doctrine because of a lack of interest in studying doctrine. In other words, we don't really know what we believe in! A shallow understanding of God results to shallow w
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Warren Benton
Well this book was like sitting through a college lecture. Most of it went way over my head and I hope that when i come across the topics discussed next time I will be able to remember more. One thing that he mentioned that really got my mind running was when Paul is discussing speaking in tongues and how if no one is there to translate then you need to stop in case there is a new believer present that might think you are weird. But i think churches sometimes get stuck never pushing the faith of ...more
Josiah
This is an amazing short systematic theology book. I've read from many other, thicker, systematic theology textbooks in the past, and have enjoyed them. This book, however, does an excellent job in getting precisely to the point (which it has to do, given its brief length) on each of the major issues. It's simple--but there's something very beautiful in its simplicity. Sproul writes in a very clear, easy-to-understand tone that makes it incredibly easy to grasp the complex issues that he's doing ...more
Irene
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faith
The books I seem to enjoy the most are that which pick up loose threads of thought I have been trailing behind my entire life, and weave a beautiful picture which allows me to finally see my pile of unanswered questions and confusion as a clear and cohesive worldview.

Sproul explains difficult theological concepts in accessible ways, addressing common views and objections along the way. He treats all parties fairly: despite his dislike of the Roman Catholic Church's beliefs, he never misrepresent
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Daniel
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology
In this book, R.C. Sproul set's out to give a brief, yet relatively thorough, overview of theology, specifically, systematic theology. After devoting a couple of chapters defining theology and it's scope and purpose, Sproul spends a few more introductory chapters setting up the authority of Scripture. Following this introduction, Sproul divides the book into seven parts each discussing a major doctrine, specifically Theology Proper (God), Anthropology and creation, Christology, Pneumatology, Sot ...more
Caleb Gibson
This is another man that I have heard people qoute, and I have wanted to learn more about him. The title is awesome. But one thing I never paid attention to the fact that R. C. Sproul is a Calvanist. But besides that, he is still a good writer. He kept me intrigued. I just can't get around some of his theology.

The book started out great. It talked about how we are all theologians becuase the word theology is just the, "study of God" and every has their thoughts on God. He had some great points.
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Josh
Feb 23, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christianaudio, free
This book was a decent little review of systematic theology. I'm not sure I would trust it enough to recommend it to someone who needs an introduction, certainly not someone who is new to Christianity. It aims to stay short and accessible, but in the process leaves much unsaid or unexplained. There are places where it will mention that a more in depth look at a particular topic can be found in some other book by RC Sproul. But only occasionally recommends works by other authors. (Perhaps the pri ...more
Mark
Dec 10, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's not that I disagree with Dr Sproul on most of his conclusions. But using this book in conjunction with his lectures and study guide, as part of Sunday School class preparation for high schoolers, I found it to be very light on Scripture, and very light on details generally. The tiny chapters on each topic are too short to do anything but introduce what "Christians" or "The Church" have believed on this topic. Still, it is very helpful, as long as you use it for what it seems to be meant for ...more
Christopher Sumpter
This would be better subtitled "An Introduction to Reformed Theology." Sproul brings up other systems of theology only to discredit them, often through straw-man arguments. His take on eschatology was a little more even-handed, but in general, most topics were taken as opportunities to bash Catholic, Pentecostal, Arminian, etc. positions. I will commend him on his integrity and consistency in clinging to even the most distasteful of Reformed beliefs. But, instead of using this book as a chance t ...more
Christopher
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I did not agree with Sproul at every turn, but I appreciate his ability to present material in a concise and thorough way that is easily understood. Using vivid illustration, he brings clarity to doctrine. It is niether a difficult or exhaustive systematic theology for the seminarian , but it is a fun read. For the untrained lay person this book may be helpful in developing a deeper understanding of major doctrines. Sproul is about as reformed as they come so expect a defense of calvinism, infan ...more
Justin Lonas
Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short. Simple. Solid.

In essence, this is “Systematic Theology for Dummies,” and saying so is the farthest thing in the world from a knock on Sproul’s writing. He does here what he has always done better than most contemporary Christian thinkers—putting the vast mysteries of divine revelation in simple, relatable terms that both clarify and invite deeper understanding. One seldom read’s Sproul without feeling a love for Scripture rekindled and desiring to join him in going back to the source of o
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Scott
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
One of the best Christian books I have read. It was very informative. I would probably have given it a 5 star rating, but for some reason he would repeat parts. And not just in the way to reinforce a topic, but even use the exact same words. Almost as if these were sermons he attached all together to try and make a cohesive book. Also, he is so knowledgeable with his form of Christianity, but then so ignorant with others in so far as to not be accurate on occasion. A recommended read however for ...more
Rick Davis
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bible-theology
This was a solid and traditional introduction to systematic theology. One of the things I've always loved about Sproul is his ability to make theology accessible to everyone. Everyone's a Theologian succeeds at taking the categories and terminology of systematic theology and explaining them clearly and simply. His definitions are clear, his reasoning is persuasive, and the book is saturated with scripture. While it probably wouldn't be a college-level theology book, this book would be great for ...more
Ryan
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology
I listened to this as an audiobook while going about my day-to-day routines—running errands, exercising, cleaning the house, etc. It was an excellent and clear treatment of theology proper from a Reformed perspective. The chapters are relatively short (there are sixty of them in 350 pages!), but each one is packed with clear and concise teaching on the given theme. R. C. Sproul is clear in his thinking and clear in his writing, which makes for a wonderful reading (or listening) experience.
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Dr. R.C. Sproul (1939–2017) was founder of Ligonier Ministries, an international Christian discipleship organization located near Orlando, Fla. He was founding pastor of Saint Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, Fla., first president of Reformation Bible College, and executive editor of Tabletalk magazine.

Ligonier Ministries began in 1971 as the Ligonier Valley Study Center in Ligonier, Pa. In an effort t

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“Everything we learn—economics, philosophy, biology, mathematics—has to be understood in light of the overarching reality of the character of God. That is why, in the Middle Ages, theology was called “the queen of the sciences” and philosophy “her handmaiden.” Today the queen has been deposed from her throne and, in many cases, driven into exile, and a supplanter now reigns. We have replaced theology with religion.” 1 likes
“What we call “the laws of nature” merely reflect the normal way in which God sustains or governs the natural world. Perhaps the most wicked concept that has captured the minds of modern people is the belief that the universe operates by chance. That is the nadir of foolishness. Elsewhere, I have written more extensively on the scientific impossibility of assigning power to chance, because chance is simply a word that describes mathematical possibilities.* Chance is not a thing. It has no power. It cannot do anything, and therefore it cannot influence anything, yet some have taken the word chance, which has no power, and diabolically used it as a replacement for the concept of God. But the truth, as the Bible makes clear, is that nothing happens by chance and that all things are under the sovereign government of God, which is exceedingly comforting to the Christian who understands it.” 1 likes
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