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Concise Theology: A Guide to Historic Christian Beliefs [Paperback]

By J. I. Packer (Author)
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This summary of Christian teaching covers nearly one hundred major theological points from a biblical Reformed perspective, in brief, easy-to-understand chapters. By the author of Knowing God.

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Theology matters At last it can be understood easily, thanks to this "layman's language" approach to biblical belief. Authored by J. I. Packer, one of the premier theologians of Christianity, this summary of Christian teaching covers nearly 100 major Christian beliefs from a Reformed perspective. Brief, easy-to-understand chapters offer precise descriptions without sacrificing depth. Thoughtfully arranged and refreshingly readable, this is a book that belongs on the shelf of every Christian.

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Studio: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Pages   267
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.06" Width: 5.24" Height: 0.64"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2001
Publisher   Tyndale House Publishers
ISBN  0842339604  
ISBN13  9780842339605  

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J. I. Packer

J. I. Packer (DPhil, Oxford University) serves as the Board of Governors' Professor of Theology at Regent College. He is the author of numerous books, including the classic best-seller Knowing God. Packer served as general editor for the English Standard Version Bible and as theological editor for the ESV Study Bible.

Mark Dever (PhD, Cambridge University) is the senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC, and president of 9Marks ( Dever has authored over a dozen books and speaks at conferences nationwide.

Mark Dever (PhD, Cambridge University) is the senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC, and president of 9Marks ( Dever has authored over a dozen books and speaks at conferences nationwide.

Ligon Duncan (PhD, University of Edinburgh) is the chancellor & CEO and the John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary. He previously served as the senior minister of the historic First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, Mississippi, for seventeen years. He is a cofounder of Together for the Gospel, a senior fellow of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, and was the president of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals from 2004-2012. Duncan has edited, written, or contributed to numerous books. Ligon and his wife, Anne, have two children and live in Jackson, Mississippi.

C. J. Mahaney is the senior pastor of Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville. He has written, edited and contributed to numerous books, including Proclaiming a Cross-Centered Theology; Don't Waste Your Sports; and Sex, Romance and the Glory of God. C. J. and his wife, Carolyn, are the parents of three married daughters and one son, and the happy grandparents to twelve grandchildren.

R. Albert Mohler Jr. (PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as the ninth president of Southern Seminary and as the Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Christian Theology. Considered a leader among American evangelicals by Time and Christianity Today magazines, Dr. Mohler hosts a daily radio program for the Salem Radio Network and also writes a popular daily commentary on moral, cultural, and theological issues. Both can be accessed at

J. I. Packer currently resides in Vancouver, BC.

J. I. Packer has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Christian Basics Bible Studies
  2. Knowing the Bible
  3. Lifeguide Bible Studies
  4. Master Reference Collection
  5. Moody Classics
  6. Shorter Writings of J. I. Packer
  7. Theology of Lordship
  8. Through the Year Devotionals
  9. Treasures of John Owen for Today's Readers

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Concise and to the Point!  Nov 28, 2006
I heard that Dr. Packer is working on his magnus opus, his systematic theology. I cannot wait for that volume! Dr. Packer is a blessing to the Lord's Body.
Handy quick reference with a Reformed slant.  Jan 30, 2006
This is one of those "quick reference" type books. For those who need to brush up on basics; major theological points are put forth in a straight forward manner without the usual flummery.

Each salient has a page or two with appropriate Bible references. This format makes the book ideal for quick study or as a opener for discussion.

One caveat. The text definitely has a Reformed theological slant and may cause some to take umbrage at the tone of finality on matters that are quite open to reasoned disagreements. For example, the matter of Grace and Law. Opposing views are not given a fair hearing. But that is to be expected in a **CONCISE** handbook.

This handbook goes very well as a study guide to Berkohf's Systematic Theology.

Very good handbook that makes for a great reference.
Concise Philosophy  Jan 20, 2006
Packer is considered by many to be an excellent scholar, and with that said, about half of his chapters are well thought out, and quite good for the one or two pages he gives them. However, the problem starts in that the rest are steeped in Reformed traditions, and not necessarily, the plain revealed Word in Scripture. He relies too heavily on Augustine and Calvin instead of trying to work things out on his own. He sticks with the System. In many of his chapters, he comes across as arrogant and offensive to anyone who doesn't hold to his particular flavor of Reformed theology. He intentionally uses extreme and elitist labels to belittle other viewpoints. Packer, as with many of the High Calvinists, doesn't hesitate to put dissenters into any extreme category. In this book, Packer doesn't have to worry about being accused of being humble or irenic.

As a High Calvinist, he also continues the tradition of emphasizing the work of Law over Grace in sanctification. His other chapters are highly seasoned with Law as well. He has 3 chapters that emphasize Law and not one on Grace! Someone should give him a copy of Romans and Galatians. In addition, Packer doesn't hesitate to use only those verses which seem to support his position. The rest are ignored. If you buy into the dogmatic System of logic and Reformed traditions, over the plain Word of God, then this is the book for you. For the rest, please look elsewhere, or at least read it with an open study Bible that lists the verses that don't agree with him.
Nice overview of basic theology  Nov 2, 2005
This book is great, and rates right up there with "Essential Truths of the Christian Faith" by RC Sproul.
A must for every thinking Chrisitian  Mar 24, 2005
Packer's writes with an erudition, inpiration, and and force rare amongn evangelical scholars. His analyses are always anchored within the Scriptures themsleves. This is a book to cherish for insight, education, as well inpoiration. A rare achievement!

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