Key Bible and Theological Reference Tools: Theologies

This post is a re-blog of my post at Rolfing Unshelved.


This post is part of a series entitled Key Bible and Theological Reference Tools. This series seeks to provide one with an introduction to some key Biblical and theological reference tools. In this series one will find basic explanations, significant examples, and other information about these reference tools.


Basic Description of Theologies

Generally speaking, one can divide theological reference tools into three broad categories.

Systematic Theologies – Seek to present theological material systematically according to specific categories that frame the discussion, e.g., the nature of God, the work of the Spirit, the essence of sin, etc.

Biblical Theologies – Seek to present theological material according to categories more directly related to those of the Biblical authors, books, and corpuses; seek to give special attention to the progressive unfolding of this theological material across Biblical history and the Biblical canon.

Historical Theologies – Seek to present developmnent of Christian theology throughout church history and spanning various theological traditions. Some are organized according to historical period while others are organized topically.

Sample of Systematic Theology

Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine by Wayne Grudem (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1994), pg. 1109. * Click image for larger view.

Key Systematic Theologies

Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine – Prominent evangelical systematic theology.

Millard Erickson’s Christian Theology – Prominent evangelical systematic theology.

Normal Geisler’s Systematic Theology – Prominent evangelical systematic theology.

Michael Horton’s The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way – Prominent evangelical systematic theology.

Gordan Lewis and Bruce Demarest’s Integrative Theology – Brief evangelical systematic theology.

Louis Berkhof’s Systematic Theology – Standard Reformed sytematic theology.

Charles Hodge’s Sytematic Theology – Standard Reformed systematic theology.

A. H. Strong’s Systematic Theology – Standard Baptist systematic theology.

Thomas Oden’s Classic Christianity: A Systematic Theology, Volume 1, Volume 2, and Volume 3 – Standard Arminian systematic theology.

Rodman Williams’ Renewal Theology – Pentecostal systematic theology.

L.S. Chafer’s Systematic Theology – Classical Dispensational systematic theology.

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