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Book Review: Exploring Christian Theology (Volume One)

Exploring Christian Theology (Volume One) by Nathan Holsteen and Michael Svigel.

This book is a solid work.  The authors are both graduates from Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) and so I expected there to be a solid evangelical emphasis with a dispensational leaning.  This was not so (at least in the areas of theology they covered).  In this book, the authors cover the doctrines of revelation (how God has revealed Himself), Scripture (the inerrant and infallible Word of God given to us by inspiration of the Spirit), and the Triune God.  While I was going into this book thinking that the book would be written on a simple level (too simple were my thoughts going in), the book was actually very well done and the language, while not deeply theological for those who are just studying theology, was solid enough for even seminary level students to enjoy.

The authors do a good job at exploring two main ares in this book.  First the authors explore what the Bible says about a given subject.  For example, the authors first show what God has said in His Word about His own revelation.  Then the authors explore what Church history and others have to say about the subject at hand.  I appreciated the biblical background being the heart for the disciple of Christ.  The Bible is how we can speak for God (2 Timothy 3:16-17) and the Bible is faithful to reveal the truths we need for the Christian life.  One cannot begin theology or anything else in life without a solid foundation from the Word of God (Psalm 119:142).

The chapters are full of knowledge.  I appreciated the Scripture memory sections in each chapter that highlighted various passages of Scripture on the subject.  A disciple of Christ would do well to memorize these passages (John 8:31-32).  The authors also include charts throughout the book.  The charts often take complex issues and help the reader to see them clearly.  For example, the authors show the erroneous views of Christ by taking the major views of Christ throughout Church history and place them in a chart for one to read.  This makes it easy to see how various leaders have erred about Christ in the history of the Church.

Overall I am looking forward to reading the next editions to this work. While this book is not a deep systematic theology text, it is very good for the average disciple who just wants to know more about the faith.  I do recommend this book.

This review is based on a free copy of the book that was given to this reviewed from Bethany House Publishers.

The Kindle version is found here.

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Written by The Seeking Disciple

11/26/2014 at 1:38 PM

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