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Overview Beginning students of theology and church leaders looking for a theological refresher or teaching tool will welcome this remarkably clear introduction to the doctrines of Scripture. In an almost conversational style, Salvation Belongs to the Lord explores all the major biblical truths, explains key terms of systematic theology, and reflects on their implications and connections under the lordship of Christ.
"John Frame is not only one of the most productive theologians of our day, he is also one of the most lucid. Deceptively so, for behind every sentence in this extraordinary volume lies deep reflection. It is at once vigorously orthodox and sweetly pastoral. We can be grateful for such a powerful and clear exposition of the whole range of theology."-William Edgar, professor, Westminster Theological Seminary, author of Truth in All Its Glory
Publishers Description A survey of Reformed systematic theology, summarizing biblical teaching in all major doctrinal areas and tying them together under the concept of divine Lordship.
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Release Date Jun 1, 2006
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More About John M. Frame
John M. Frame (A.B., Princeton University; B.D., Westminster Theological Seminary; M.A. and M.Phil., Yale University; D.D., Belhaven College) holds the J. D. Trimble Chair of Systematic Theology and Philosophy at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando and is the author of many books, including the four-volume Theology of Lordship series.
John M. Frame was born in 1939.
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"Lucid . . . Vigorously orthodox and sweetly pastoral" -- Indeed! Jun 20, 2008
This spring I took an introductory class at Reformed Theological Seminary, where Dr. Frame teaches (albeit at a different campus). One of the texts we were assigned was Frame's The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God (DKG), a rather dense tome on Christian epistemology (what and how we know things). I ended up finding what first seemed a daunting book to be in fact a very clear and relevant book. I couldn't help but find implications of what frame wrote in DKG even in phone discussions with friends and in my everyday life.
At the same time I had also purchased the book featured here, Salvation Belongs to the Lord (SBL). After reading DKG, I am amazed at how simply Frame distills his theology there into easy-to-read wording. I think this is the mark of a good theologian and communicator: knowing the details and yet being able to state it clearly and succintly. Frame excels at that in every chapter of this book.
SBL takes the format of many Reformed systematic theologies, but Frame departs somewhat by beginning not with the Word of God, but with his doctrine of God himself--who He is as covenant Lord. This, Frame argues, affects how we can know God and what our role is in doing so as his covenant servants. Frame sets up an interesting triad of God's Lordship--control, authority, and presence--to which he ties almost everything in the rest of the book, usually in quite convincing fashion. Everything that happens is because God is Lord.
Frame also sets up another triad of "perspectives" from which to view aspects of life and theology (normative [authoritative laws], situational [historical circumstances of life], and existential [personal subjectivity]). I think many of his applications of this in SBL are pretty good, but they don't seem as convincing as in DKG. Perhaps that's due to the limited space in this book.
This book would be an excellent intro or refresher for interested laity, Sunday school leaders, elders, and deacons in Presbyterian/Reformed churches, or for anyone desiring a basic overview of Reformed theology. Frame writes in a clear and conversational style, illustrating the pastoral and practical relevance to almost everything. He frequently cites the Westminster Standards but backs up everything with Scripture.
My only complaint with this book, if there is one, is that while citing numerous Scripture texts, Frame does little in the way of exegesis or unfolding key texts. It's not that this is absent entirely, but a little more would be desired. But then again, this book is subtitled An Introduction to Systematic Theology, and at only 340 pages of text, something has to give. But as I read this book, I became aware of how much Frame does lean upon theologians such as John Murray, whose masterful theology was rigorously exegetical and paid little attention to Reformed confessions. Seminary students: You will need at least one other, meatier systematic, such as Robert Reymond or Louis Berkhof.
On the whole, a good book. Highly recommended for "serious laypersons."
A great introduction to Systematic Theology May 13, 2008
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It is a great introduction for someone just getting in to theology and a great book to help deepen the beliefs of the well read theologian. Frame does an excellent job of writing with a style that is readable and comprehensible and avoids using the "christianese" that is pervasive in the theology world, especially that which is reformed.
Excellent Introduction to Systematic Theology Jan 9, 2008
In Salvation Belongs to the Lord, John Frame expertly and honestly presents an introduction to systematic theology. As a complete beginner/novice in the understanding of systematic theology, I found Dr. Frame's book to be wonderfully intriguing, leaving me eager to dive deeper into systematic study.
Though it appears to be written with the seminary (or perspective)student in mind, don't let that scare you off. This is an approachable text that's well worth your time and effort.
Introducing Systematic Theology Nov 26, 2007
This book arises from lectures that John Frame gave for a survey course in Systematic Theology, and that makes it a good introduction to the discipline. If you've never ventured into the world of systematic theology before, this would be a good book for you to begin with. It's easy enough to understand, and written in what John Frame calls "a conversational tone." You won't find technical terms used without careful explanation, and--although you might find this hard to believe--at 342 pages of actual text, is much shorter than your average systematic theology. It is the simplest to read and understand of any of the systematic theologies I've read, and I've read a few, along with portions of several more.
That's not to say that the beginner won't have to do a little work to read and understand this book. When you go beyond the popular level in any discipline, you should expect to do a little work, and that's the way it is with theology, too. However, John Frame has managed to make things about as simple as possible for the reader, and that's the primary strength of this book.
Salvation Belongs to the Lord has another strength, and that's the fairness of John Frame's treatment of viewpoints that are not his own. John Frame is Presbyterian, and currently a professor at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida; and as you might expect, he takes the conservative Presbyterian view on many issues. Still, opposing perspectives are presented quite clearly, with an even-handed explanation of the support, both scriptural and philosophical, for the differing standpoints. For example, I'm a credobaptist (that means I believe in the baptism of believers only) and John Frame is a paedobaptist (that means he believes in baptizing the infant children of believers), but I found his treatment of credobaptism and the justification for it to be straightforward and fair. The word that kept running through my mind as I read the discussions of various views is gentlemanly, so you'll probably not get your knickers in a knot if he disagrees with you.
As you might expect with a systematic theology, Salvation Belongs to the Lord covers many doctrinal topics, beginning, in Part 1, with the doctrine of God (Who is God and what has he done?), and onto the truths about God's revelation to us; the doctrine of humankind (Who are we and what are we like?); the doctrine of sin; the doctrine of Jesus Christ (Who is he and what did he do?); and the Holy Spirit. Next up, in Part 2, we have the doctrine of salvation; the doctrine of the church (What is it and what should it be doing?); a discussion of the sacraments or ordinances of the church; a discussion of heaven and hell and the events of the last days; and, finally, a discussion of how believers ought to live in light of all these truths. The book is complete, as you see, in the range of topics; but it is not, as is suitable for an introduction, exhaustive in its treatment of the various topics.
My one complaint about this book (and it's not much of a complaint) lies in something John Frame uses that he calls a hook or a pedagogical device, meant to show "how everything in the Bible is tied together." It is sort of a three perspectives method of looking at the various doctrinal truths, and this device runs through the whole book. This is something I found confusing, probably because I've already used my own devices to systematize theological truths. I learned early on in my reading to skim over these parts, so I didn't find this device too distracting. Since Frame is a teacher, I assume that he has found this tool helpful for many students and valuable because of that. You may find it useful, too, even though I didn't.
One of the things I've been doing over the past couple of years is collecting a list of recommended books on doctrine or theology that are suitable for the interested lay person, yet deeper than dandelion fluff. This is another book I'll wholeheartedly add to that rather short list.
Salvation Belongs to the Lord Jun 9, 2007
Great book as an introduction to systematic theology. Provides an adequate coherent Trinitarian understanding with Scripture proofs. Is straightforward and easy to understand. Would recommend to anyone who wants to become closer to God through a coherent scholastic understanding.