The Moody Handbook of Theology

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  1. evangelist6589

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    http://www.amazon.com/dp/0802434347/?tag=baptis04-20

    Mac was singing the praises for this book one night of the Shep Conference and when Mac recommends a book I usually listen, but I am not sure if I should buy it. Appears to be a reference work and these are better than reading books for deep study. It also appears much of the content is good for the many whom are confused on the various issues in theology so this may very much help me. Do you have it and do you recommend it?

    Thanks.
     
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    I have it. It is a good resource.
     
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    Thanks. Its on my list of books to buy. I am not buying anymore reading books as I have a pile on my desk to read. But this one is a reference work.
     
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    It's a keeper.

    The book will give you a good foundation for understanding the different systems of theology.

    Rob
     
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    I will buy it and as Mac said the newest edition and not the 1989 edition as that edition did not endorse Lordship.
     
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    This book is Paul P. Enns's The Moody Handbook of Theology. (Chicago: Moody Bible Institute, 1989). ISBN 0-8024-3428-2.

    I've used this book as a textbook for a class in Introductory Theology that I taught while on the faculty of the Clarksville (TN) Baptist College back in the early1990's.

    It's an excellent reference book to have in one's library--especially handy for "lay" Sunday School teachers or for leaders of small group Bible study meetings.

    While it's not as comprehensive as seminary-level works on theology, it does provide a basic overview on the subject.

    It also covers some of the varying systems of theology such as Calvinism, Arminianism, and Dispensationalism.

    Additionally it provides not only a basic historical overview of how different important persons down through the centuries viewed certain aspects of theology, but also a good historical coverage of some of the major conflicts that arose over centuries such as Modernism/Liberalism, Higher Criticism, Fundamentalism, and Neo-Evangelicalism.
     
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    They do not get very in-depth at all in my church in general so this type of a book would be a great read. What are some names of comprehensive graduate level books? Although that may depend on the seminary.
     
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    From what I have read on Moody he didn't have a clue on theology.
     
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    This book doesn't really have anything to do with D.L. Moody. It is published by Moody Press, hence the title.

    With regard to Lordship, I'm pretty sure I've perused the newest edition and found that it does not endorse Lordship. But I could be mistaken.
     
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    Quite the useless swipe at Moody
     
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    It is a keeper...but regarding Lordship salvation - this is book we discussed a while back (2008 edition):

    So you may disagree with him on points - but it is, IMHO, an excellent book and really a good read. When I first bought the book I thought it would be merely reference material, but it is more of a text book. You’ll like it. :thumbsup:
     
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    I have it.
     
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    Yes…sorry….what I meant was for Evan. You consider it a good resource despite holding that Enns does not understand an issue (the Lordship which Evan questioned). Although Evan may disagree with some points, I think it would prove a good resource. Sometimes we need to be challenged to learn (this can’t be done if we don’t allow “iron to sharpen iron”).
     
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    Let me guess, the author is at least a 3 or 4 point Calvinist. That would explain all the praise without any examples of doctrine.
     
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    Calvinism isn't everyone's criteria, van.
     
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    Hi JonC, was that a yes? :)
     
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    Jon here is an example of why you should leave this thing alone.
     
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    I had this book (past tense). When I became a Calvinist the many logical inconsistancies of the work became suddenly apparent. Needless to say, eschatology, doesn't fare well either. Enns's book is not really an objective examination of the various views on the whole spectrum of "isms" it seems to cover, but spends most of its emphasis on validating on its preconceptions. Enns also does not have the patience to objectively and accurately state opposing views, a skill necessary for a book that purports to do just that.

    Having said that the book is helpful in certain areas. But better time would be spent just studying the Bible on your own. Harder work, but with more lasting results.
     
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    Amen brother Tom!

    Good to hear from you!
     
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    Thanks, Ky! Been really busy here. I will try to write more and keep in touch.
     
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