Zondervan Offering Historical and Systematic Theologies at Huge Discount

Jeff Robinson | October 27, 2015

I had never thought of taking a group from my church through a historical theology until one man asked during a Bible study, “In church history, how did we get these doctrines? I understand that we get them from the Bible, but what I mean is this: were they systematized over time by scholars since the Bible doesn’t teach the doctrines in neat categories? Then he asked the question that birthed an idea: “Where and how can we learn about how they developed?”

Two things immediately came to my mind: this would make a great small group study or Sunday school class, and I know which book to use: Gregg Allison’s Historical Theology: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine. So we began the study, and the men who worked with me through this excellent work came away instructed, edified, and encouraged. Allison’s volume is an accessible companion to Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Bible Doctrine. Folding both together into a long-term study enables readers to both engage biblical doctrines and see how the church has debated and developed them through the centuries.

Often I tell my seminary students that church history is nothing less than a 2,000-year account of Christians wrestling with how the…

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