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Overview Dispensationalism is a framework for understanding the Bible, teaching that God has dealt with man historically in different administrations or "dispensations." It maintains a radical distinction between Israel and the Church-that there are two peoples of God with two different destinies- and it distinguishes between the Rapture and the Second Coming of Christ (that one precedes the other by seven years of tribulation). Taught at Dallas Theological Seminary and Moody Bible Institute among others, dispensationalism still provokes debate within the Christian world. In this bestseller, Ryrie makes a complex subject understandable.
Publishers Description Dispensationalism continues to provoke heated debate within the Christian world. Highly acclaimed theologian Dr. Charles C. Ryrie addresses this crucial issue from the perspective of classic dispensationalism. He confronts the views of covenant theology, historical premillennialism, ultradispensationalism, and in this revised edition, the increasingly popular progressive dispensationalism. In his best-selling book, "Dispensationalism Today," written more than thirty years ago, Dr. Ryrie made this complex subject more understandable for 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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Studio: Moody Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.22" Width: 5.8" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2007
Publisher MOODY PRESS BOOKS #13
ISBN 080242189X ISBN13 9780802421890
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More About Charles C. Ryrie
CHARLES C. RYRIE (A.B., Haverford College; Th.M. and Th.D., Dallas Theological Seminary; Ph.D., University of Edinburgh; Litt.D., Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary) was a renowned author and scholar. He wrote numerous books, including The Ryrie Study Bible, Basic Theology, Balancing the Christian Life, The Holy Spirit, Dispensationalism Today, Revelation, Survey of Bible Doctrine, and So Great Salvation, which rank among his best-selling titles.
Charles C. Ryrie currently resides in Dallas.
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Dispensational Diarrhea Mar 10, 2007
Ryrie writes with zero academic integrity. He proof texts throughout the book. When quoting from his "go-to Covenant Theologian, Louis Berkhof, he twists his words to mean whatever he wants them to mean. For example, Ryrie quotes Berkhoff as implying two ways of salvation in the OT, and when he quotes Berkhof, he quotes him in a section where Berkhof describes Dispensationalism. A few sentences later Berkhof actually says "This representation is contrary to Scripture, which does not represent fallen man as still on probation, but as an utter failure, totally unable to render obedience to God, and absolutely dependent on the grace of God for salvation" (p. 291). This part of Berkhof's section was not quoted. Ryrie also proof texts Acts 21:21 to back his claim of "the proper apostasy from Judaism to Christ". You read the context for yourselves.
Aside from these mortal sins of the academy, Ryrie's overall tone is one of condescension and arrogance, and his teaching is wrong and dangerous.
A Good Steward with What He has Been Entrusted Feb 23, 2007
I gave it 5 stars because there is nothing out there to compare it too at this moment. The movement that classical dispensationalism has had on theology has truly been illumination from the Holy Spirit. Back in the 1800's no one was reconizing the promises to a literal Israel until men like Darby, Scofield and Chafer stepped on the seen preparing the way in the early 1900's for the establishment of the literal nation of Israel. Just look back at 1948. Israel is there waiting for the 2nd comming of there messiah which will not occur until they "reconize Him whom they have peirced". Obviously that statment does not appply to the church. Once we're in the Body of Christ the book of life is signed, we are sealed and delivered.
This book will give you a greater understanding of the theological system of dispensationalism. Of course it is not inspired like the Bible. The author never claimed to be infallible, in fact his humilty is clearly seen when he states that 'the 7 dispensations are not inspired' but they're a good way of understanding bible prophecy. If anyone else has a better system in understanding Bible prophecy please feel free to write a book and share it with us. We really need to know.
This book is worth the $$$.
Classic Work. But also... Feb 5, 2007
This was a great book for research. Also check out the newer book "Classical Dispensationalism and its Eschatological Foundations." There are not enough good books on this very interesting topic.
Recommended Reading Nov 15, 2005
I am a layperson who is very interested in theology, so that is the perspective from which I am writing this review.
I really have to recommend the book to everyone, dispensationalist or not, because it really is a very comprehensive look at the subject. Already being a dispensationalist, I have a much greater understanding of the belief, as well as an appreciation for the arguments for and against it. However, I felt that Ryrie left a few questions hanging and didn't really answer them well, for example, on page 85 he talks about how the dispensationalist believes that God has two distinct purposes, one for the Church, one for Israel. However, he never clearly said what those 2 purposes were.
As someone already stated, I, too, feel the book was quite defensive on the whole. It seems as though he was using some of the same fallacies towards the other beliefs (covenent theology, progressive disp.) as he was accusing their proponents of having towards dispensationalism. I realize this was one of the purposes of writing the book, but I just felt the tone didn't have to be quite SO defensive.
I think he did a wonderful job of dispelling some of the incorrect views antidispensationalists have on the belief.
My primary complaint, however, is the author seemed to be exceptionally negative towards progressive dispensationalism. Most of the accusations that he had toward that belief were on what the progressive COULD POTENTIALLY believe. His arguments against what they actually currently claim to be seemed to be quite weak considering even I could easily see the logical (and seemingly valid) response that the progressive would have.
It isn't an overly difficult read, but it's not your light reading, either. I found myself re-reading several passages to make sure that I clearly understood the authors point of view.
Like I said, I highly recommend it just because it seems to be the most comprehensive look on dispensationalism out there. Even for the non-dispensationalist, it really gives you a good overview of the arguments for and against dispensationalism.
Helpful Book on Understanding Dispensationalism Apr 19, 2005
When I started reading this book I was kind of skeptical because I pretty much knew the arguments for dispensationalism. However, as I kept reading the book I found out that there were lots of things I didn't know about the arguments for dispensationalism. This book should be read by both dispensationalists and non-dispensationalists. For the dispensationalist to understand their system more; for the non-dispensationalist to understand the system period. Ryrie's chapter on Hermenuetics is good. I also thought his chapters on Progressive Dispensationalism and Covenant Theology were helpful. Though he doesn't get too indepth on why Covenant Theology is unbiblical, he does bring up questions and insights about Covenant Theology. This book is a recommended read for those who are trying to understand this movement within the conservative-evangelical circle. Even if you're not a dispensationalist this book is a great help to understand why dispensationalists are dispensationalists.