A Select Annotated Bibliography For the Study of Christian Theology: Part Two -- By: John A. Jelinek
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A Select Annotated Bibliography For the Study of Christian Theology: Part Two
One Volume Doctrinal Surveys (Continued)
*Thiessen, Henry C. Introductory Lectures in Systematic Theology. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1949.
Thiessen’s Lectures have been used for years in the Bible college classroom and in the local church. The writer presents a distinct premillennial position and a strong section on soteriology. The author acknowledges and evidences dependence on A. H. Strong for many of his categories. Thiessen was the chairman of the faculty at the Wheaton Graduate School. Helpful indices and the outline format have contributed heavily to the success of this volume.
Systematic or Christian Theologies
Bloesch, Donald. Essentials of Evangelical Theology. 2 vols. New York: Harper and Row, 1978. (Evangelical)
Though counted as evangelical, Bloesch denies the bodily resurrection of Christ and believers, preferring instead to see a renewal of the person. For Bloesch, resurrection entails the soul and the body but negates the flesh (2:184ff). Other difficulties attend the volume, but Bloesch’s prominence as an author and modern theologian make this necessary reading as many of his arguments appear in other theological works.
Brunner, Emil. Dogmatics. 3 vols. Westminster, 1949–1960. (Swiss Neo-orthodoxy)
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Brunner was a dialectical theologian who built on the Kierkegaardian existential method of doing theology. Brunner was in substantial agreement with Barth that God does not reveal himself objectively in the Bible but in the subjective encounter with the risen Christ. Like Martin Buber (who preceded him), Brunner espoused the “I-Thou” relationship with God.
*Buswell, James Oliver. A Systematic Theology of the Christian Religion. 2 volumes in 1. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1963.
An American Calvinist, Buswell was dean of the graduate faculty at Covenant College and Seminary in St. Louis (formerly President at Wheaton, later at Faith). In an extended outline form, Buswell covers the major Christian doctrines and interacts well with the viewpoints of theologians who were his contemporaries (and predecessors). There is a strong section in Buswell on soteriology which is especially worthy of note (Part 111. 2:l0-215).
Cottrell, Jack. What the Bible Says Series: God the Creator. Joplin, MO: College Press Publishing Co., 1983.
__________. What the Bible Says Series: God the Ruler. Joplin, MO: College Press Publishing Co., 1985.
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