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Overview A classic revised! One of the clearest and most popular expositions of Protestant teaching and doctrine in print. Helps take the mystery out of the attributes of God, the incarnation, sanctification, the Holy Spirit, and the resurrection. Includes helpful questions for reflection.
"Christian Doctrine" has introduced thousands of laity, students, and theologians to the tenets of the Christian faith. This edition reflects changes in the church and society since the publication of the first edition and takes into account new works in Reformed theology, gender references in the Bible, racism, pluralism, ecological developments, and liberation theologies.
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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 5.9" Height: 1.3" Weight: 1.35 lbs.
Release Date Jul 31, 1994
Publisher Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN 0664253687 ISBN13 9780664253684
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More About Shirley Guthrie
Shirley Guthrie was educated at the Universities of Aberdeen and Edinburgh and has travelled widely in the Middle East. Since receiving her doctorate in Islamic painting in 1992, she has continued her research into illustrated Arabic manuscripts.
Reviews - What do customers think about Christian Doctrine?
The best teaching tool for Reformed Theology! Mar 21, 2008
I have used this with many local church groups and find it understandable, grace-full, and clear! It can be opened at any chapter and understood without reading the previous chapters. It is worth the money!
For a small audience Aug 20, 2007
If you are Presbyterian, and indeed, a fairly modern, fairly liberal one, the revised edition of Guthrie's 1960's classic is well-worth reading. It is also worth a read if you are trying to learn about Presbyterian doctrine, Calvinism, British Calvinism, or the relationship between Westminster and Heidelberg.
Reading the older (1960's) edition and the new one will reveal some interesting trends, presumably in not only Guthrie's mindset but in modern Presbyterianism. As others aptly noted--It's more PC, more hestiant, and less likely to have any absolutes.
However, to be frank, and here's hoping this will not upset too many Presbyterian readers, calling this volume CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE is a little offensive and hubristic. Certainly, theologians of larger Protestant denominations (Lutherans, Methodists, Anglicans, and Baptists) would have a hard time agreeing with much of what Guthrie proclaims in this book.
Members of Christianity's two largest bodies, Roman Catholic and Orthodox, would be downright hurt, I would think. And the latter would find it at least ironic and possibly risable that Guthrie considers the espoused doctrine "orthodox."
So, if you are in the small body of likely readers noted above, this is an interesting work. If not, it's uncertain whether this one is worth your time.
Guthrie's Christian Doctrine Apr 5, 2007
The best treatment of the subject I have used. Probably too liberal for the conservative right, but all sides of topics are treated by Guthrie. Essentially all aspects of Christian doctrine are treated in an easy to read but thought provoking way. It is a book for pew-sitters, not academics, but the writing is well supported by references and is faithful to scripture. Well organized by topic.
excellent Mar 11, 2007
Shirley Guthrie was an excellent professor and his book is wonderful at giving the basics of reformed theology. As he put it this is a good Sunday school text.
The Un-Reformed Systematic Theology volume? Jul 24, 2006
I came across the book in 2002, when I was about to leave my seminary. I was studying at an conservative-evangelical seminary in East Java province. To speak frankly, my teachers never introduced me to this volume. But I found it outstanding! Shirley Guthrie, in my view, succeeds in articulating the Reformed faith for today's Christianity. I seldom find conservative systematic volumes have weighty points on the doctrine of trinity and creation in clear reasoning. With the revival of Calvin's focal points on those areas (and the connexion between the two), represented by Reformed theologians like Barth, Moltmann, Colin Gunton (the latter of which I pay my deep admiration), Guthrie strongly condensed the much more complicated discourse into the current straight-to-matter-volume.
Forgotten by many theologians, that the one-ness of God, according to Guthrie, means worshipping the one-true God whom the Scripture proclaims, and not the "-ism"s (77); thus he doesn't indermine the one-ness to philosophical speculations--God being one in his 'ontos'; henceforth he paves the way the prominence of trinitarian theologian. So interesting while discussing the Holy Spirit, he has spaces on Christian spirituality as "looking outside, this worldly and recognizing the ordinary work of the Holy Spirit." (298-302), and no doubt that this is a staunch Reformed spirituality.
I therefore have different opinion with my friend, Ongkowidjojo, though both of us are from the "same" root of Indonesian evangelicalism (yes, different schools). Guthrie IS a Reformed theologian in Calvinist wing though he has moved away from the Old Princeton school.
For readers--pastors and lay people--please don't have reservation to pick this GREAT volume. Are you seeking a compact volume to nurture your mind, enrich your spirituality and grip your faith on solid foundation? This is ONE to choose.