Thursday, January 23, 2014

Review: Exploring Christian Theology

Apparently "The Church, Spiritual and the End Times" is the third volume in the "Exploring Christian Theology"series, but also the first to be released, or so I was told when I eagerly asked the publisher where I could find the first and second volumes referenced in the text. I read the third in a matter of a few short days (although it took me much longer to get around to writing this review).

Although I did not get much out of the practical application portions of the book, I do see the wisdom in and need for such chapters. And I great enjoyed Nathan D. Holsteen's and Michael J. Svigel's overviews of the various views and basic common traditions on ecclesiology and eschatology. I learned a few new things and reviewed several well-known things, not to mention found a fairly clear explanation of the various views on end times. The authors, friendly, fun and informative, left me with plenty of questions, too.

And although my introverted personality made the ecclesiology section hard to read at times, my "thinker" personality greatly enjoyed the many facts worth underlining. There's a great deal of church history in the book (with bias toward traditional views), and I particularly took away a good idea of the invisible vs. visible church.

"Exploring Christian Theology" makes a good, simplified, easy to read Systematic Theology textbook. I highly recommend this book and look forward to the next book in the series.

*Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

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