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The Lexham Survey of Theology (LST) provides a unique introduction to the doctrines of the Christian faith. It serves three distinct but related purposes.

    1.The LST lists all the major topics in systematic theology and organizes them in a hierarchy that captures their interrelationships.

    2.The LST provides a brief introduction to each theological topic that is objective, sympathetic, reverent, and written from a scholarly perspective. Each introduction includes a definition, an article-length description of the (small-O) orthodox approach to that doctrine, a list of key Bible passages, a list of recommended resources, and links to related concepts.

    3.The LST links directly to systematic theologies in Logos Bible Software. It functions as an index to what numerous theologians have to say about any given theological topic. The Lexham Survey of Theology does for systematic theologies what the Bible reference system has done for commentaries, journals, and other biblical studies resources: the LST makes it possible to link immediately to relevant discussions in multiple systematics.

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“So what is God’s wrath? It is his indignation at sin, his revulsion to evil and all that opposes him, his displeasure at it and the venting of that displeasure. It is his passionate resistance to every will that is set against him.” (source)

“Christ intends his disciples to understand that his sacrifice, his body and blood offered upon the cross, is simultaneously a recapitulation and summation of the depth of meaning of the Passover meal, and a deliverance from a deeper slavery shared not just by Israel but by all of humanity to the powers of sin and death (Rom 6:1–14). His suffering on the cross is the cataclysmic confrontation with these powers, and his resurrection is his triumph and vindication over them. When Christ ascends into heaven, Paul describes it as a victory march by a conquering general, a general who leads not defeated nations but captivity itself captive (Eph 4:8).” (source)

“The germane question is whether the baptism of the Spirit is a distinct event from the indwelling of the Spirit that occurs in all believers at conversion and regeneration. Christians are split on this theological issue. Some hold that Spirit baptism is synonymous with the Spirit’s initial indwelling, while others believe it is a second act of grace only given to some believers. Much of the disagreement centers on one’s interpretation of the book of Acts.” (source)

“To be a Christian is to be Trinitarian because, although the word ‘Trinity’ nowhere appears in the New Testament, the message and experience of the gospel is incomprehensible without it.” (source)

  • Title: Lexham Survey of Theology
  • Authors: Brannon Ellis, Jessica Parks, Mark Ward
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Print Publication Date: 2018
  • Logos Release Date: 2018
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Theology, Doctrinal
  • Resource Type: Systematic Theology
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-06-16T14:16:13Z


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  1. Rev. Delwyn X. Campbell Sr
    The LST is written from a Reformed perspective. As such, it is deficient for the purpose of supporting Confessional Evangelical teaching. This is unfortunate, since it is an integral component of the LOGOS Theology Guide. Meanwhile there are no Lutheran surveys of theology that are so foundationally linked to a guide on this level that we can draw on with the same confidence. We must therefore, take what LOGOS offers with a critical eye, weighing it against our Confessions, even though this guide is as much a part of the Lutheran LOGOS collection as it is the Reformed.
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