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Concise Theology: A Guide to Historic Christian Beliefs

Posted on: January 22nd, 2015 by Michelle Stramel No Comments

Concise TheologyThis new PocketBible title from Tyndale House is a summary of what Christians believe from noted theologian, J. I. Packer. Packer’s Concise Theology offers precise descriptions of nearly 100 major Christian beliefs, from a Reformed perspective.

The book isn’t meant to be an exercise in theory. Rather, Packer’s aim is to give you a tour of the permanent essentials of Christianity, viewed as both a belief system and a way of life. It is meant to be practical and yet “to lift your heart Godward.”

Packer puts forth in the preface, “Theology is first the activity of thinking and speaking about God (theologizing), and second the product of that activity (Luther’s theology, or Wesley’s, or Finney’s, or Wimber’s, or Packer’s, or whoever’s). As an activity, theology is a cat’s cradle of interrelated though distinct disciplines: elucidating texts (exegesis), synthesizing what they say on the things they deal with (biblical theology), seeing how the faith was stated in the past (historical theology), formulating it for today (systematic theology), finding its implications for conduct (ethics), commending and defending it as truth and wisdom (apologetics), defining the Christian task in the world (missiology), stockpiling resources for life in Christ (spirituality) and corporate worship (liturgy), and exploring ministry (practical theology).”

The book is divided into four sections: God Revealed as Creator, God Revealed as Redeemer, God Revealed as Lord of Grace, and God Revealed as Lord of Destiny. Altogether, you get 94 concise studies that each focus on a unique facet of our great God and his wonderful plan for us. Yet not in a way that will be over your head. Packer explains the essentials of theology in a style and length that busy readers can appreciate.

Concise Theology requires PocketBible for iPhone/iPad/iPod touch, PocketBible for Mac OS X, PocketBible for Windows Phone, PocketBible for Android, PocketBible for Windows Store, PocketBible for Windows PC or MyBible for Palm OS. The list price is $9.99.

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