Item description for Manual of Christian Doctrine by Louis Berkhof...
Overview Reprinted in 1998 this text is ideally suited as a textbook for high school and college classes, for Bible classes, and study groups. From a Reformed perspective, Berkhof summarizes the body of church doctrine, beginning with the doctrines of Scripture and proceeding through statements on anthropology, Christology, soteriology, and eschatology.
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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.99" Width: 4.94" Height: 0.97" Weight: 0.83 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2000
Publisher Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN 0802816479 ISBN13 9780802816474
Reviews - What do customers think about Manual of Christian Doctrine?
Great Doctirnal Overview! Nov 21, 2007
This is probably one of the best books to have as a Christian taking seminary classes. I use this book all the time. Berkhof shows a book with simple descriptions of the doctrines in Christianity and several review questions at the end of each section. It is a must have for any Christian because it because gives you all the Biblical passages for all the Christian beliefs. AMEN!
Slow-methodical reading Jan 10, 2007
This book is a requirement for a class I am taking. I find that I need to read everything at least twice to get a clear understanding of what the author is saying. Once I get through it, I know it will be an excellent resource but right now it's just a lot of work.
Good Introduction to Reformed Theology Apr 19, 2005
For those looking for an introductory textbook on Reformed theology this book is a good place to start. Berkhof goes over the major evangelical themes in systematic theology (Theology Proper, Anthropology, Christology, Pneumatology, Soteriology, Ecclesiology, and Eschatology). However, he also adds a Reformed slant to it by discussing issues like predestination and covenant. As someone who is outside of the Reformed tradition but holds to the basic tenents of Calvinism, there are more agreements than disagreements with the book. I would highly recommend this book to laypeople and Bible study teachers. It is essentially a condensation of Berkhof's Systematic Theology textbook (removing all the details and difficult terms). Overall, a good introductory book on Reformed theology for laypeople and students.
An excellent summary Aug 17, 2000
Berkhof's manual is an excellent summary of Reformed Christian doctrine, kind of a "systematic theology lite". He draws from the theology of Calvin and Turretin to give a comprehensive yet very usable overview of the historic faith.