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Systematic Theology (3 vols.)

, 2001
ISBN: 9780802865038

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Wolfhart Pannenberg is widely regarded as one of the foremost theologians in the world today. Respected by his peers and critics, Pannenberg's treatise on the dogmatics of Christianity is seen as one of greatest achievements in twentieth-century theology and a timeless work that will continue to challenge, teach, and ignite theological studies for decades to come.

Noted for his association with "high-church" intellectualism, the writings of Wolfhart Pannenberg offer a new perspective to your library of Christian theology and dogmatics. He is noted for his intellect and interdisciplinary approach in his studies and his expositions are cited amongst the most respected works in contemporary theology. Pannenberg's Systematic Theology will continue to benefit you and your studies for years to come as a part of your theology library. Specifically focused on the explanation of key Christian doctrines, this set is a very important addition to your Logos Bible Software library!

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“But in any case, whether inside the Christian church or outside it, and even in the so-called natural knowledge of God, no knowledge of God and no theology are conceivable that do not proceed from God and are not due to the working of his Spirit.” (Volume 1, Page 3)

“The fact that God’s care for his people can also be expressed in terms of a mother’s love shows clearly enough how little there is any sense of sexual distinction in the understanding of God as Father.” (Volume 1, Page 261)

“The theologian is the divinely inspired proclaimer of divine truth and theology is the proclamation. This idea lived on in later Christian usage.” (Volume 1, Page 1)

“In my view the first task of a philosophical theology is to fix its intellectual point of departure in the historical revelation of God.” (Volume 1, Page xii)

“Recognizing the finitude and inappropriateness of all human talk about God is an essential part of theological sobriety.” (Volume 1, Page 55)

Through careful argument and often profound and detail analyses, Pannenberg shows how the Christian doctrine of God illumines our understanding of the world and humanity. His treatment of creation anthropology, and Christology continues the brilliance and erudition of the first volume.

—Francis Schussler Fiorenza, Harvard Divinity School

. . .dense, demanding, often provocative, rarely comfortable, and built upon a non-evangelical doctrine of revelation.

—Foundations 47 (Autumn 2001)

This three-volume work is the most important systematic theology to come from the Continent since Barth. It places Pannenberg in the forefront of living theologians, and will no doubt be discussed, debated, and criticized by many.


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Wolfhart Pannenberg (1928–2014) was a German Christian theologian. Born in Stettin, Germany (which is now Szczecin Poland), Pannenberg was baptized at as an infant into the Lutheran Church. Despite his baptism, Pannenberg had virtually no contact with the church in his early years. Some time in his youth though, he had an intensely religious experience that he called his “light experience.” Pannenberg wanted to understand this experience and began to search through the works of great philosophers and religious thinkers. While in High School he encountered a literature teacher who had been part of the Confessing Church during World War II. He encouraged Pannenberg to take a hard look at Christianity. At this time Pannenberg experienced an “intellectual conversion” and decided that Christianity was the best available religious option. This propelled him into his vocation as a theologian.


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  1. Rev. Quency E.  Wallace
    Pannenburg is not for the faint of heart in Theology. Widely read Scholars and Students can appreciate his intelligence and ability to translate God, The Son, Eschatology, and other Systematic subjects with a fresh perspective that does not seem to copy other 20th century evangelicals---He forges his own path anew while remaining true to subtantive nature of the Holy Writ. He writes like a forth century Scholastic and Early Church Father, But by the time you read his third volume, One is convinced his writing is born of the crucible of his prayer life and service to the Kingdom.
  2. Sean



    I finally got around to reading it in full, and I must say I found it rather disappointing. I would rate the volumes individually: vol. 1 = 2 stars, vol. 2 = 3 stars, vol. 3 = 4 stars. In the first volume in particular, Pannenberg relies entirely too much on philosophy and other disciplines. Little is done to explicate the doctrine of God in a way that is relatable and usable. To be frank, much of it comes off as a show of erudition, and unless one is very widely read, practically incomprehensible. Like many others, Pannenberg's writing and thought improves once he moves beyond the doctrine of God and enters other loci where natural theology is less helpful and one is forced to draw more heavily on the Bible and Christian tradition. I found the sections on ecclesiology and eschatology in the third volume to be the best, and in soteriology his discussion of the law and Gospel was excellent. Pannenberg's significance as a great 20th century theologian is undeniable, yet the audience for which it is suitable is rather small. Beginning students of theology should avoid it entirely less they get put off of the discipline of systematics entirely; it will not help them in grasping the basics of doctrine. Likewise, intermediate students are likely to find it of limited value. Advanced ones (read: higher than M.Div.) may find it helpful in researching specific topics in which Pannenberg does an admirable of getting to the heart of issues and provides excellent references, in both quantity and quality, to key primary sources.
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    MIchael James


  5. Ralph A. Abernethy III
  6. John Lawless, Th.D.
    Excellent scholarship. his writings are sometimes hard to follow; but, the ardent fan of Pannenberg will carry on. I especially enjoyed Volume 1 Chapter Six on Essence and unity of the Diety.
  7. Caleb Koo

    Caleb Koo


    Excellent...A Systematic Theology that explains Christianity in 20th century.
  8. Paul Coleman

    Paul Coleman


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