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, 2007
ISBN: 9780802421890
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Dispensationalism continues to provoke heated debate within the Christian world. Highly acclaimed theologian Dr. Charles Ryrie addresses this crucial issue from the perspective of classic dispensationalism. He confronts the views of covenant theology, historical premillennialism, ultradispensationalism, and the increasingly popular progressive dispensationalism. In his bestselling book, Dispensationalism, written more than thirty years ago, Dr. Ryrie made this complex subject more understandable for tens of thousands worldwide. This revised and expanded version of that book will prove to be an invaluable reference tool for your library.

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“A concise definition of a dispensation is this: A dispensation is a distinguishable economy in the outworking of God’s purpose.” (Page 33)

“Concerning the goal of history, dispensationalists find it in the establishment of the millennial kingdom on earth, whereas the covenant theologian regards it as the eternal state.” (Page 21)

“The essence of dispensationalism is (1) the recognition of a consistent distinction between Israel and the church, (2) a consistent and regular use of a literal principle of interpretation, and (3) a basic and primary conception of the purpose of God as His own glory rather than the salvation of mankind.” (Page 51)

“This dispensationalist’s answer to the question of the relation of grace and law is this: The basis of salvation in every age is the death of Christ; the requirement for salvation in every age is faith; the object of faith in every age is God; the content of faith changes in the various dispensations.” (Page 134)

“Thus, the central idea in the word dispensation is that of managing or administering the affairs of a household.” (Page 30)

For all who seek to either understand the biblical basis for dispensationalism or who feel the urge to criticize or dismiss dispensational theology, this book should be read first and foremost. Dr. Ryrie’s contribution to theology and biblical interpretation is monumental. This is a must read!

—Mark L. Bailey, President, Dallas Theological Seminary

For students and critics alike, Ryrie’s Dispensationalism underscores the crucial issue of defense: a literal, plain, normal interpretation of the biblical text. Set aside your presuppositions and give Dispensationalism a careful hearing.

—Michael J. Easley, President, Moody Bible Institute

  • Title: Dispensationalism
  • Author: Charles Caldwell Ryrie
  • Edition: Rev. and expanded.
  • Publisher: Moody
  • Print Publication Date: 2007
  • Logos Release Date: 2009
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Dispensationalism
  • ISBNs: 9780802421890, 080242189X
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-09-29T23:19:10Z
Charles Caldwell Ryrie

Charles Caldwell Ryrie (1925–2016) was a renowned author and scholar and key figure in the theology of dispensationalism. He received degrees from Haverford College, Dallas Theological Seminary, University of Edinburgh, and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.

Ryrie served as professor of systematic theology and dean of doctoral studies at Dallas Theological Seminary and professor at what is now Cairn University.

Along with frequently contributing to Bibliotheca Sacra, Ryrie authored over 25 books including Dr. Ryrie’s Articles, Transformed by his Glory, Nailing Down a Board: Serving Effectively on the Not-for-Profit Board, The Basis of Premillennial Faith, and Neo-orthodoxy.


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  1. brenda briley

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  2. Dr. Steven R. Cook
    An excellent resource for anyone wanting to understand this important doctrine.
  3. Clinton Marshall