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Theology for the Community of God

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This proven systematic theology represents the very best in evangelical theology. Stanley Grenz presents the traditional themes of Christian doctrine -- God, humankind, Christ, the Holy Spirit, the church, and the last things--all within an emphasis on God's central program for creation, namely, the establishment of community. Masterfully blending biblical, historical, and ...more
Paperback, 723 pages
Published January 31st 2000 by Eerdmans (first published December 1st 1969)
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Радостин Марчев
Aug 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Няколко години след като го прочетох като основен учебник за курса ми по систематично богословие, аз все още смятам книгата на Гренц за най-доброто систематично богословие, на което съм попадал. По-кратка от повечето подобни книги и сравнително по-лесна за четене тя в същото време е твърде задълбочена. Гренц подхожда новаторски в няколко области. Това се набюдава още в подребдата на материала - вместо традиционното започване с Божието откровение той започва с учението на Бога, а темата за библия ...more
Rick Dugan
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Grenz's systematic theology is written through the lens of community, particularly community with God, others and creation. This lends itself to easy application of deep theological truths. It's thorough, readable, and blends scripture, tradition, philosophy and culture together while giving primacy to scripture.

Grenz is not a theologian without controversy, however. He has been called a "post conservative" evangelical, which should not be misunderstood as "once-conservative-but-now-liberal." As
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G Walker
This was actually a good book by Grenz. Later in his career, I became cynical of what he wrote, especially in regards to epistemology and the trinity, but at this stage, I do believe that his output was edifying, beneficial and for the life of the church.
Good, sound, practical - probably the biggest draw backs was/is the Baptistic perspective advanced here in. Still worthy of engaging, and from a Baptist, this is about as good as you are gonna get.
Brian Chilton
Jan 02, 2017 rated it liked it
I must say that while much of Grenz' book is good, I was greatly turned off by his perspective of the human soul and the intermediate state. It's odd that he discusses God as an immaterial being and angels and demons as immaterial beings, but rejects the immaterial side of humanity, something that has been accepted since the earliest days of the church. I purchased this book along with Allister McGrath's book on theology. While Grenz was more readable, I found McGrath much more satisfying.
Connor Searle
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
An excellent work of systematic theology from a moderate evangelical perspective. Particularly worth noting is his conception of systematic theology as a framework for understanding reality, not to be confused with the reality itself. While paedobaptist readers will find his dismissive treatment of infant baptism fails to do justice to the question's complexity, the work is overall both comprehensive and accessible, a text worth returning to again and again.
Mark
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
With the help of my maginificent professor who himself was taught by Grenz himself, this textbook on theology had been an impacting piece of literature in my life.
Daniel Crouch
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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As my first foray into theology, this book was a welcome guide and safe starting point that I will be forever grateful for.
Tung
Jan 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
There are a number of Christian systematic theology texts out there, and all of them essentially cover the essentials of the faith by breaking the book into sections that cover doctrines of theology (related to God), anthropology (related to man), Christology (related to Christ), pneumatology (related to the Holy Spirit), ecclesiology (related to the church), and eschatology (related to end-times). This textbook does the same thing, except it frames each of these sections and their underlying do ...more
Thomas
Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is eye opening to understanding God and Theology based on the people of God. It's a different spin from then Trinitarian view as in the orthodox perspective, but definately is trinitarian in it's reapect to the Father, Son and Spirit. It's a favorite of mine and I refer to it often. Thank you Dr.Rim for introducing me to Grenz, and Dave Rodriguez for the dialog as I discovered someone who you encountered far before me. To bad I didn't get to see him in person, but I look forward to the ...more
Brett
Jan 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A systematic theology at its heart, Grenz’s work moves through each of the traditional Western systematic categories. Grenz, however, has been called the theologian of the Emerging (Postmodern) Movement and his systematic theology reflects this in style and content. Grenz uniquely emphasizes the Trinity, eschatology, and – especially – community in his theology. Overall a great resource, Grenz is readable and thorough. A
Graham
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is probably the best evangelical systematic theology available. Grenz, a Baptist is probably best described as a gracious, "centre of the spectrum" evangelical. This resource should be on every pastor's shelf. I don't necessarily agree on every point, but Grenz deals with varying perspectives in honest and gracious ways, so it's engaging and relevant.
Greg Taylor
Aug 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the best all-time systematic theology book I've ever read. Enough said. May God bless the late Stanley J. Grenz and his family for how God has used him powerfully in the kingdom to lead many to a strong trinitarian understanding of God in community and flowing out to humanity.
Paul Prins
Feb 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
A thick volume and ambitious in the scope of what Grenz seeks to do. It is a very good starting point for most western Christians looking for an improved understanding of what they were likely taught in their Church experience. That said some of the theology is a bit dated/underdevloped.
Susie
Oct 07, 2007 rated it really liked it
partially read for class. good book. approaches theology from the perspective of the whole Christian community.
Olivia Reid
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I wish this man was still alive to give us more of his insights. Powerful messages and well researched and thought out.
Anthony 'tony'
Oct 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Read this book in Seminary. Wished I had written it :) So good!
Karla Goforth Abreu
Apr 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
An excellent theological study, very readable rather than technical.
Susan
Sep 09, 2012 is currently reading it
Not an easy read, but helpful in understanding why we believe living and worshipping in a community of faith is important.
Joshua Proctor
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
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It was long but very good! It was awesome how he emphasized community and theology's purpose being directly related to the community and story of God.
Claire
Apr 21, 2011 rated it liked it
partially read a lot of it for class.
Stephen
Mar 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Where as some of my own personal beliefs differ from Grenz, specifically in pneumatology, I feel that he brings a great balance and full understanding to the arena of Systematic Theology.
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Stanley James Grenz was born in Alpena, Michigan on January 7, 1950. He was the youngest of three children born to Richard and Clara Grenz, a brother to Lyle and Jan. His dad was a Baptist pastor for 30 years before he passed away in 1971. Growing up as a “pastor’s kid” meant that he moved several times in his life, from Michigan, to South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana and Colorado.

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