Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology has several distinctive features: a strong emphasis on the scriptural basis for each doctrine and teaching; clear writing, with technical terms kept to a minimum; a contemporary approach, treating subjects of special interest to the church today; a friendly tone, appealing to the emotions and the spirit as well as the intellect; frequent application to life; resources for worship with each chapter; and bibliographies with each chapter that cross-reference subjects to a wide range of other systematic theologies.
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“ A doctrine is what the whole Bible teaches us today about some particular topic.” (Page 25)
“The inerrancy of Scripture means that Scripture in the original manuscripts does not affirm anything that is contrary to fact.” (Page 90)
“We may define sin as follows: Sin is any failure to conform to the moral law of God in act, attitude, or nature. Sin” (Page 490)
“Common grace is the grace of God by which he gives people innumerable blessings that are not part of salvation.” (Page 657)
“Election is an act of God before creation in which he chooses some people to be saved, not on account of any foreseen merit in them, but only because of his sovereign good pleasure.” (Page 670)
If you were hoping to find a theology that seeks your spiritual no less than your intellectual formation, rejoice: Wayne Grudem has written exactly what you wanted, and he has done so very competently indeed.
—J. I. Packer, Regent College
Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem is a fair-minded, thorough text in systematic theology—the best I have seen in recent years in terms of convenient organization, clarity, and a willingness to tackle the most salient issues of the day. This is an admirable blending of the scholarly and devotional elements seldom achieved in academic books.
—Paige Patterson, Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary
Wayne Grudem understands that every Christian `does theology,' that doctrine inevitably finds its application in the believer's life. Clearly written, this volume demonstrates an appreciation for the rich diversity of traditions within the body of Christ while at the same time reminding us that our faith is rooted in historic Christian truth.
—Chuck Colson, Prison Fellowship Ministries
Grudem’s book...stands squarely in the historical Reformed tradition on the main issues of theology, including the doctrine of Scripture, the doctrine of God, and the doctrine of salvation....Perhaps the strongest feature of the book is its accessibility. Grudem does not water down the meat of theology. But by minimizing technical terminology and by including hymns, questions, and indications of application, he makes systematic theology much more accessible and life-invigorating for a large number of Christian readers.
—Vern S. Poythress, Westminster Theological Seminary
Grudem has opened the windows to let fresh air blow away mustiness and permit the Holy Spirit to infuse soundly biblical, clearheaded evangelical theology with new life and power.
—Jack Hayford, The Church on the Way, Van Nuys, California
Dr. Grudem’s new work is characterized by exegetical depth, clarity of expression, and contemporary relevance. It deserves wide acceptance as a text in systematic theology.
—John Jefferson Davis, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Wayne Grudem is a New Testament scholar turned theologian, author, and research professor of Bible and theology at Phoenix Seminary, Arizona. He earned a BA from Harvard University, an MDiv from Westminster Theological Seminary, and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. In 2001 Grudem moved to Phoenix Seminary after having taught at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School for more than twenty years where he was also the chairman of the Department of Biblical and Systematic Theology.