This is a guide to historic Christian beliefs. As Packer says, "This book sets out in short compass what seems to me to be the permanent essentials of Christianity, viewed as both a belief system and a way of life. … As I often tell my students, theology is for doxology and devotion—that is, the praise of God and the practice of godliness. It should therefore be presented in a way that brings the awareness of the divine presence. Theology is at its healthiest when it is consciously under the eye of God of whom it speaks, and when it is singing His glory."
Title: Concise Theology: A Guide to Historic Christian Beliefs
J.I. Packer (1926–2020), or James Innell Packer, is considered one of the most influential evangelicals in North America. Packer committed his life to Christian service after hearing lectures from C. S. Lewis while studying at Oxford. In the 1950s, Packer was ordained a deacon and priest in the Church of England. Before moving to Canada, he lectured at several schools, including Tyndale Hall in Bristol, Latimer House in Oxford, and Oak Hill Theological College in London.
This review is based on the first version, I understand a revised version is soon to be out. I will buy it too. For many of us, "J. I. Packer" alone tell us a lot. I am a Methodist Layperson. This is my favorite books to teach as a discussion study. Over 90 chapters (most 2-4 pages) of big print. The book is divided into 4 sections: God Revealed as Creator, God Revealed as Redeemer, God revealed as Lord of Grace, God Revealed as Lord of Destiny. A college chemistry professor tells me that the material is challenging but understandable. A blue collar worker told me that the material is short enough to read twice and, for the first time, she really understands the words from theology the pastor uses. Each chapter is full of scripture references paced in the relevant sentence, The Bible is our explanation of Christianity and Faith. This is a great summary of what a Christian should believe and why from a different perspective. I differ from another reviewer's opinion in that I find Logos does have the pages identified and numbered.
The name says it all - this is a well researched treatment of many of the substantive doctrines of the Christian faith. It provides a helpful overview on a subject by subject basis. Each is supported by a number of bible passages on the topic.
The only fault, if that is the correct term, is the absence of a searchable index.
I'd recommend this as an excellent text for the curious seeker through to the bible teacher looking for passages on the topics Dr Packer covers.
I like the book except this is another frustrating example of a book where Logos does not use page numbers. The actual book has pages yet Logos does not. I am going to start being much more careful about which resources I buy since I find this makes the electronic book version much more difficult to use.