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Overview Readers familiar with Frame's analysis of historic doctrines and current questions will welcome this long- awaited second installment in the Theology of Lordship series. Here he examines the attributes, acts, and names of God in connection with a full spectrum of relevant theological, ethical, spiritual truths.
Publishers Description Readers familiar with Frame's analysis of historic doctrines and current questions will welcome this long-awaited second installment in the Theology of Lordship series. Here he examines the attributes, acts, and names of God in connection with a full spectrum of relevant theological, ethical, and spiritual issues.
Awards and Recognitions The Doctrine of God (A Theology of Lordship) by John M. Frame has received the following awards and recognitions -
Gold Medallion Book Awards - 2003 Winner - Theology/Doctrine category
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Studio: P & R Publishing
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.55" Width: 6.09" Height: 2.05" Weight: 2.95 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2002
Publisher P & R PUBLISHING #97
Series Theology of Lordship
ISBN 0875522637 ISBN13 9780875522630
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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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An outstanding work- Jun 23, 2006
It is an uncommon thing to witness erudition and clarity in one book, but John Frame has provided the Church with just such an accomplishment. "The Doctrine of God" is undoubtedly a five-star book, even if you don't share the Calvinistic persuasion. It is contemporary, detailed, delicious and not cumbersome. The book is well constructed, the footnotes are at the bottom of the page and the choice of font size is good also.
You will see solid interaction with feminism, Open Theism, Libertarian free-willism and a host of other spurious constructs that deny Biblical truth. I would venture to say that his discussion on God's sovereignty in relation to human volition is particularly strong. I should add that the author has an irenic tone and is quite fair with those whom he disagrees with. He doesn't slap people around with his pen. But make no mistake, this book wasn't written to combat heresy, though it certainly accomplishes that task; rather, the author seeks to explicate what the Scriptures teach. The focus is on what the text of Scripture asserts.
Bottom line is this: You could go out and purchase excellent systematic theologies that discuss theology proper, and they will prove beneficial, but if you want a vast array of subjects explored with a good bit of interaction and meditation, then buy this volume.
Very Good Indeed Dec 28, 2004
John Frame has delivered us a very big book addressing an infinitely bigger topic - the Doctrine of God. It is a book that is thorough in its coverage, clear in its language and thought, and organized in its presentation. All of this is important since Frame's methodology is unconventional to the point where some academic controversy has ensued - though most readers, I suspect, will not notice one way or the other. It is a heady read in spots, but is a book that is much needed and worthy of serious perusal.
Frame properly mentions early on that the Protestant Reformation did not really touch on the area of Theology Proper that much. The Reformation focused on other theological loci such as soteriology and ecclesiology, but left much of the medieval understanding of Theology Proper fairly intact. Therefore, Frame's book, along with some other books that have come out recently, really represent the first serious attempt to apply Semper Reformanda to the Doctrine of God, and it is an effort that is long overdue. Frame's considerable interaction with non-evangelical views of God in this book amplify the fact that evangelical Protestantism has, for way too long, failed to develop a distinctly Protestant understanding of God that sets a reliable standard against heterodoxy.
In this book, Frame emphasizes the concept of God as covenant Lord, and develops much of the book in accordance with this organizing principle. While Frame is careful to note that covenant Lordship is not the only legitimate way to organize a Theology Proper, it is nonetheless a compelling approach given its constant theme throughout Scripture. In fact, Frame convincingly argues that many heterodox attempts to develop a theology of God deliberately avoid this theme because of its obvious threat to the autonomizing of man that so many modern day theologies try to stress. In this vain, Frame's systematic critique of libertarian free-will and the notion of divine middle knowledge are extremely good. Frame's sustained focus on the Biblical names of God is quite refreshing in showing how His names are themselves a form of revelation that teach us more about Him. Frame's discussion of transcendence and immanence draws heavily from Van Til, but is a presentation that is most helpful, and most needed. Lastly, Frame's interaction with the gender-neutral and 'maleness of God' controversy is both very relevant and substantive. Frame takes a conservative view on this question, but the reader is comforted by the fact that Frame's presentation is respectfully Biblical in its emphasis, rather than reaking of the kind of hysteria that is typically employed by folks on all sides of this issue who tend to have axes to grind. Those looking for solid critiques of Barth, Moltmann, Pinnock, McFague and others will find much to chew on here.
Readers who are familiar with Frame's perspectivalism may find some of the early chapters to be a bit redundant, but these chapters are very helpful for those are just beginning to get exposed to Frame's approach. In addition, those who are well versed in many of Frame's other works will find a bit of duplication here. Lastly, while many of the appendices are good, a number of them seem off-topic and make an already big book unnecessarily larger.
But overall, this is a very important book that makes significant in-roads in developing a Protestant and strongly Reformed Doctrine of God. It is a book that forges a careful path of sound theology where God is concerned amidst a forest of competing theological constructions that often leave much to be desired. Frame has provided the church with a valuable service here.
The best theology book I've ever read Apr 28, 2004
John Frame has done an outstanding job of taking a very complex topic and put it in a very simple and engaging languague for all those who truly seek to know God. This book changed my relationship with God. It is so comprehensive that I keep it next to my Bible. I have referred to it so many times since I first read it. I strongly recommend it to all serious students of the Bible.
In depth and easy to read Mar 15, 2004
This is an excellent work that carefully and maticulously answers many questions that believers and non-believers alike face. John Frame organizes the book in a way that makes finding responses to particular questions easy and also well organized for those who wish to read it cover to cover. This is a must have for any religious library.
It doesn't get any better than this! Mar 13, 2003
I found this book to be incredible. I sincerely appreciated Frame's balanced and kind-hearted approach to theology. He handled issues that have many people up in arms with love and respect. I have yet to see such a readable, comprehensive, and profound book that so easily defends the Reformed faith. I particularly enjoyed the portion on the immutability of God. Frame handles this masterfully! This section alone is worth the price of the book. John Frame is to be commended for his achievment in this book. I am anxiously anticipating the future books in this series. This book needs to be in every serious believer's library.