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New Dictionary of Theology: How Core Biblical Truths Are Distorted [Hardcover]

By Sinclair B. Ferguson (Editor), J. I. Packer (Editor) & David F. Wright (Editor)
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Item description for New Dictionary of Theology: How Core Biblical Truths Are Distorted by Sinclair B. Ferguson, J. I. Packer & David F. Wright...

An authoritative reference for biblical, systematic and historical theology! From over 200 international contributors, here are 630 original articles, each biblically grounded, historically informed, and evangelical in flavor. Covering theologians, movements, terms, and ideas, each article is concise and free from overly technical language and enhanced by numerous cross references and bibliographies.

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An Eternity 1988 Book of the Year Since its publication, the New Dictionary of Theology has rapidly established itself as a standard, authoritative reference work in systematic and historical theology. More than 630 articles cover a variety of theological themes, thinkers and movements: from creation to the millennium from Abelard to Zwingli from Third World liberation theology to South African Dutch Reformed theology Firmly anchored in the evangelical tradition, theNDOT is nevertheless wide-ranging in its scope. Over 200 contributors, experts in their individual fields, offer both Western and international perspective. Concise and comprehensive, biblically grounded and historically informed, even-handed and free from unduly technical language, this dictionary has been praised by general readers, pastors and scholars.

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  • Library Journal - 10/01/1988

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Studio: IVP Academic
Pages   757
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.33" Width: 6.36" Height: 1.78"
Weight:   3.15 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2000
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0830814000  
ISBN13  9780830814008  

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More About Sinclair B. Ferguson, J. I. Packer & David F. Wright

Sinclair B. Ferguson Sinclair Ferguson (born 1948) is a Scottish theologian known in Reformed Christian circles for his teaching, writing, and editorial work. He is currently a professor at Redeemer Seminary in Dallas.

Ferguson received his Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen and was a minister in the Church of Scotland from 1971 to 2005, when he transferred to the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, serving as the Senior Pastor of historic First Presbyterian Church of Columbia, South Carolina. He has served as an editor with the Banner of Truth Trust, worked as a minister at St George's-Tron Church, Glasgow.

Ferguson was the Senior Minister of the First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina. He is also a Professor of Systematic Theology at Redeemer Seminary in Dallas and part-time Professor of Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia) prior to which he held the Charles Krahe Chair for Systematic Theology at this same seminary.

He is also a council member of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals.

Sinclair B. Ferguson currently resides in Columbia Columbia.

Sinclair B. Ferguson has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Bible Teaching
  2. Contours of Christian Theology
  3. Let's Study
  4. Master Reference Collection
  5. Preacher's Commentary

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Reviews - What do customers think about New Dictionary of Theology?

New Dictionary of Theology  Jul 5, 2006
A good reference work, a ton of articles of all kinds (supposed to be over 600)lots of excellent authors/contributors, should help me a lot with vague phrases and definitions. I like the fact that it is a one volume rather complete reference.
Excellent resource!  Nov 17, 2005
I am a former graduate from a Christian University. Throughout my tenure there I took several theology courses, a half dozen bible courses and even more ministry courses as my degree was in Church Education. There are so many theological terms and research one would be forced to do at college, that are often absent from a hands on position in a local church. This all depends on the church and denomination. Fundemantalists generally value theology, while some of the mainline charismatic churches value practice over theology.

I can say that this theological reference as been a great asset to me to aid in my online debates with Atheists, cults and the like [...]. It also has been a great asset to my website where I am creating a bible curriculum (

Previously to owning this book I only had a Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms. Such a reference was useful only for simple definitions of huge terms. But know since owning the New Dictionary of Theology I can gain far more depth on these and many more terms, that are absent from bible dictionaries and the simple pocket theological dictionaries.

Systematic Theology
The theological views of some of the mainline denominations
Simplicity, Depth, and Scope  Oct 28, 2005
By way of introduction, Christians will sometimes confuse a Dictionary of Theology with a Bible Dictionary. A Dictionary of Theology describes how theologians have thought about Biblical themes during the past 2,000 years. A Bible Dictionary merely describes such themes (and names and places) as they appear in the Bible. So, for instance, "Benedict" would not appear in a Bible Dictionary, while "Rome" might not appear in a Dictionary of Theology.

I found that there was, generally speaking, great clarity of writing, a healthy avoidance of overly technical language, and little if any sacrifice of content in the process. The Dictionary is encouragingly up to date, while not overlooking older subjects, such as Arianism. Yet there are some puzzling omissions, such as Postmodern Theology. However, the book clearly needed to make choices, and, by and large, they would seem to have been the right ones. The Dictionary often includes characteristic quotations of theologians through the ages. It also contains vital bibliographies at the end of each entry, and it is cross-referenced throughout. It can rarely be said to favour a particular point of view, although there are a few amusing exceptions by seemingly irritated contributors, such as a reference to "much faddishness" in Contemporary Theological Trends.

Upon opening the book, it is immediately obvious that the publishers have decided to give a thorough treatment to just a few select topics. By "a few", I mean between six and seven hundred. Thus the range of topics is inevitably limited, and there surely would be no perfect selection. What I did miss was an index at the back. For instance, Gustavo Gutierrez appears in the book, but only under Liberation Theology. If one did not have a reasonably good idea of where to look, one might be thoroughly stuck for certain information. Sometimes (but not always), the Dictionary smoothed over major distinctives in the Church, which is precisely where one might wish to see some detail. So, for instance, the seven sacraments of Roman Catholic theology are referred to vaguely as "sources of truth". With language like this, it may be hard to discern what is meant at all.

In its definition of theology, the New Dictionary of Theology quotes Thomas Aquinas: "Theology is taught by God, teaches of God, and leads to God." That, too, would seem to be the general understanding and emphasis of the book. All in all, it is readable and useful, and not least, it has been reprinted nine times in the past seventeen years, which surely cannot be a bad recommendation.
"Authoritative and Concise"  Jan 4, 2001
The New Dictionary of Theology is an excellent resourse for the broad and timely expanse of theology. From Abelard to Zwingli, this edition covers with precision the vissicitudes of theological movements and of the erudite artificers who commenced with fervour such oblate campaigns. This Dictionary, however, is evangelicaly biased, but yet equally partial to the immense scope of Christian doctrine and thought. I have thoroughly enjoyed opening this Dictionary, and will continue to do so as it knowlegeably inhances my erudition towards theology. This book has been a blessing on my shelf, and it would be wise to purchase such a masterwork for yourself.
Tremendous overall value  Mar 7, 1999
Excellent resourse! One of the very best, single volume theological dictionaries available. For the size, one of the most concise packages of information. If your interest is in theology, this would be an excellent choice!

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