A fresh, inviting text on the content of Christian faith in our contemporary context, this one-volume systematic theology offers an accessible, orthodox explication of the Christian faith for students, teachers, pastors, and serious lay readers alike. Cornelis van der Kooi and Gijsbert van den Brink not only cover all the traditional themes—God, creation, sin, Jesus Christ, Scripture, and so on—but also relate those classic themes to such contemporary developments as Pentecostalism, postmodernism, and evolutionary theory.
Consisting of sixteen chapters, the book is ideal for classroom use. Each chapter begins with several engaging questions and a statement of learning goals and concludes with a list of recommended further reading. Written in a student-friendly tone and style and expertly translated and edited, van der Kooi and van den Brink’s Christian Dogmatics splendidly displays the real, practical relevance of theology to the complexities of our world today.
Deeply informed by biblical studies as well as the history of doctrine, van der Kooi and van den Brink engage a wide range of conversation partners and offer a crucial perspective for ecumenical conversation.
—Michael S. Horton, Westminster Seminary California
This fine work was widely praised by Dutch readers when it first appeared in the Netherlands, going through several printings. Now all of us English-speakers can see what the enthusiasm was all about. The subtitle correctly presents the book as an ‘introduction,’ but it is more than that. For me it has served—and will continue to serve—as a much-needed refresher course in how to bring new vitality to the exploration and twenty-first-century updating of the best of the theology that we have received from the past!
—Richard J. Mouw, Fuller Theological Seminary
Non-Dutch readers can now see for themselves why this Christian Dogmatics became such a best-seller in its native land. It provides a cogent, fresh, confident statement of the Christian faith that honestly engages the tough challenges our modern world throws at it. In addition, this work is a pedagogic success. . . . A great text for students of Christian theology that is also accessible to all who want to deepen their understanding of the faith.
—John Bolt, Calvin Theological Seminary
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Cornelis van der Kooi is professor of systematic theology and director of the Center for Evangelical and Reformation Theology at the Free University of Amsterdam.
Gijsbert van den Brink is Professor for Theology and Science at the Faculty of Theology, VU University Amsterdam, and is an ordained minister in the Protestant Church in the Netherlands. He is author of Philosophy of Science for Theologians and coauthor, with Cornelis van der Kooi, of Christian Dogmatics.