Protestant Smackdown: What is Your Favorite Systematic Theology?

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Protestant Smackdown: What is Your Favorite Systematic Theology?

Post by UncleBob » Mon Mar 07, 2016 12:57 pm

Al_S_ wrote: Though from its size it might be a bit intimidating, a book like Millard Erickson's Christian Theology does a good job laying out this type of framework. There are of course other systematics out there, but I enjoyed Erickson's approach.
What is your favorite systematic theology? Why?
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Re: Protestant Smackdown: What is Your Favorite Systematic Theology?

Post by Joshoowah » Mon Mar 07, 2016 1:11 pm

Thomas Oden's Classic Christianity.

It's written from an evangelical and patristic perspective. He relies heavily on the Church Fathers, which I dig, as well as medieval scholastics and Protestant reformers. The only issue one may run into is that there is a greater degree of consensus regarding particular issues than there really is. Overall, it is a great introduction into systematic theology, focusing on the ancient church fathers and how they relate to the Protestant tradition.

As with any systematic theology text, it is not for the faint of heart. It was originally 3 volumes, but is now 1 large volume.
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Re: Protestant Smackdown: What is Your Favorite Systematic Theology?

Post by DepartedLight » Mon Mar 07, 2016 1:18 pm

UncleBob wrote:What is your favorite systematic theology? Why?
I like Jesus' systematic theology because I wanted to juke.

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Re: Protestant Smackdown: What is Your Favorite Systematic Theology?

Post by UncleBob » Mon Mar 07, 2016 1:31 pm

I enjoyed Millard Erickson's Christian Theology, although I have the 1st edition and I am not sure what has changed between the editions. I thought he was pretty balanced, from an Evangelical standpoint.

If you want a more conservative evangelical approach, we were forced to read Theissen's Lectures in Systematic Theology at bible college.
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Re: Protestant Smackdown: What is Your Favorite Systematic Theology?

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UncleBob wrote:What is your favorite systematic theology? Why?
I like Jesus' systematic theology because I wanted to juke.

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Re: Protestant Smackdown: What is Your Favorite Systematic Theology?

Post by coco » Mon Mar 07, 2016 5:48 pm

Louis Berkhof - Systematic Theology; favorite single volume

Herman Bavinck - Reformed Dogmatics, 4 vol.

The Institutes of the Christian Religion, by some guy whose name I always forget
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Re: Protestant Smackdown: What is Your Favorite Systematic Theology?

Post by GaryInVA » Mon Mar 07, 2016 6:02 pm

I too read Theissen's Lectures in Systematic Theology in bible college. I am finishing up John Frame's Systematic Theology - An Introduction to Christian Belief. I've enjoyed and have learned a lot reading Frame.
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Re: Protestant Smackdown: What is Your Favorite Systematic Theology?

Post by UncleBob » Mon Mar 07, 2016 6:06 pm

GaryInVA wrote:I too read Theissen's Lectures in Systematic Theology in bible college. I am finishing up John Frame's Systematic Theology - An Introductio to Christian Belief. I've enjoyed and have learned a lot reading Frame.
I've read Frame's work but he is too heavy-handed with the Calvinism for my taste. However, I really dislike Van Til and he defends Van Til's approach, if I remember correctly, so that may be why I didn't like him.Do you remember any of that?
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Re: Protestant Smackdown: What is Your Favorite Systematic Theology?

Post by coco » Mon Mar 07, 2016 6:09 pm

UncleBob wrote:...I've read Frame's work but he is too heavy-handed with the Calvinism for my taste....
You should read my recommendations.

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Re: Protestant Smackdown: What is Your Favorite Systematic Theology?

Post by UncleBob » Mon Mar 07, 2016 6:10 pm

coco wrote:
UncleBob wrote:...I've read Frame's work but he is too heavy-handed with the Calvinism for my taste....
You should read my recommendations.

:chili:
Well, I have read all of BB Warfield's works...
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Re: Protestant Smackdown: What is Your Favorite Systematic Theology?

Post by UncleBob » Mon Mar 07, 2016 6:13 pm

coco wrote:
UncleBob wrote:...I've read Frame's work but he is too heavy-handed with the Calvinism for my taste....
You should read my recommendations.

:chili:
I also have read The Institutes and Berkof. I haven't read Bavinck.
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Re: Protestant Smackdown: What is Your Favorite Systematic Theology?

Post by coco » Mon Mar 07, 2016 6:13 pm

UncleBob wrote:
coco wrote:
UncleBob wrote:...I've read Frame's work but he is too heavy-handed with the Calvinism for my taste....
You should read my recommendations.

:chili:
Well, I have read all of BB Warfield's works...
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Re: Protestant Smackdown: What is Your Favorite Systematic Theology?

Post by coco » Mon Mar 07, 2016 6:14 pm

UncleBob wrote:
coco wrote:
UncleBob wrote:...I've read Frame's work but he is too heavy-handed with the Calvinism for my taste....
You should read my recommendations.

:chili:
I also have read The Institutes and Berkof. I haven't read Bavinck.
Bavinck is really quite good, and would probably be a little more to your liking than the other two.
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Re: Protestant Smackdown: What is Your Favorite Systematic Theology?

Post by UncleBob » Mon Mar 07, 2016 6:15 pm

coco wrote:
UncleBob wrote:
coco wrote:
UncleBob wrote:...I've read Frame's work but he is too heavy-handed with the Calvinism for my taste....
You should read my recommendations.

:chili:
Well, I have read all of BB Warfield's works...
Whoh. You should get the tattoo.
I read them from a historical curiosity rather than a didactic perspective. He sure didn't like those pentecostals...
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Post by coco » Mon Mar 07, 2016 6:20 pm

UncleBob wrote:
coco wrote:
UncleBob wrote:
coco wrote:
UncleBob wrote:...I've read Frame's work but he is too heavy-handed with the Calvinism for my taste....
You should read my recommendations.

:chili:
Well, I have read all of BB Warfield's works...
Whoh. You should get the tattoo.
I read them from a historical curiosity rather than a didactic perspective. He sure didn't like those pentecostals...
True.

(If I ever finish with Barth's Church Dogmatics, I'm going to have to get his face tatooed on my butt.)
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Re: Protestant Smackdown: What is Your Favorite Systematic Theology?

Post by UncleBob » Mon Mar 07, 2016 6:21 pm

Have any of you folks read Grudem's Systematic Theology?
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Re: Protestant Smackdown: What is Your Favorite Systematic Theology?

Post by Sir Moose » Mon Mar 07, 2016 6:22 pm

UncleBob wrote:Have any of you folks read Grudem's Systematic Theology?
Yes - if I want to take a look at a doctrinal issue, that's always the first book I grab (other than the Bible, of course).
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Re: Protestant Smackdown: What is Your Favorite Systematic Theology?

Post by UncleBob » Mon Mar 07, 2016 6:24 pm

coco wrote:
UncleBob wrote:
coco wrote:
UncleBob wrote:
coco wrote:
UncleBob wrote:...I've read Frame's work but he is too heavy-handed with the Calvinism for my taste....
You should read my recommendations.

:chili:
Well, I have read all of BB Warfield's works...
Whoh. You should get the tattoo.
I read them from a historical curiosity rather than a didactic perspective. He sure didn't like those pentecostals...
True.

(If I ever finish with Barth's Church Dogmatics, I'm going to have to get his face tatooed on my butt.)
Do you own that? Is it the 31 volume "study" set? I could never afford that set let alone read it all.
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Re: Protestant Smackdown: What is Your Favorite Systematic Theology?

Post by UncleBob » Mon Mar 07, 2016 6:25 pm

Sir Moose wrote:
UncleBob wrote:Have any of you folks read Grudem's Systematic Theology?
Yes - if I want to take a look at a doctrinal issue, that's always the first book I grab (other than the Bible, of course).
He comes across as a kind theologian, which is rare, IMO.
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Re: Protestant Smackdown: What is Your Favorite Systematic Theology?

Post by coco » Mon Mar 07, 2016 6:31 pm

UncleBob wrote:
coco wrote:
UncleBob wrote:
coco wrote:
UncleBob wrote:
coco wrote:
UncleBob wrote:...I've read Frame's work but he is too heavy-handed with the Calvinism for my taste....
You should read my recommendations.

:chili:
Well, I have read all of BB Warfield's works...
Whoh. You should get the tattoo.
I read them from a historical curiosity rather than a didactic perspective. He sure didn't like those pentecostals...
True.

(If I ever finish with Barth's Church Dogmatics, I'm going to have to get his face tatooed on my butt.)
Do you own that? Is it the 31 volume "study" set? I could never afford that set let alone read it all.
I only have a couple of volumes, stuff I read for Ph.D. classes. Like you, the price has kept me away. I'm not actually Barthian, though I enjoyed reading what I read. Dialectic makes you think, even if you gain no answers from it directly.
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