Mindful of the great importance of the proper indoctrination of the young people of the church, Louis Berkhof wrote this comprehensive yet concise introduction to . This concise introduction to the systematized body of Christian doctrine is presented in clear and simple language, which makes it suitable for high school and. Manual of. Christian Doctrine. Louis Berkhof. Published , Reprinted .. knowledge of God’s redemptive love revealed in Christ Jesus. It is not like.
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Goodreads helps you keep track louuis books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Manual of Christian Doctrine by Louis Berkhof. This concise introduction to the systematized body of Christian berknof is presented in clear and simple language, which makes it suitable for high school and college students as well as adult study groups.
Includes review questions for further study at the end of each chapter.
Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Oc ask other readers questions about Manual of Christian Doctrineplease sign up. See 1 question about Manual of Christian Doctrine…. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Feb 12, Matthew rated it it was ok Shelves: It’s kind of dry reading, but it does its job of concisely explaining Christian theology.
This was required reading in my High School, which was reformed and very Calvinist. Since it has been a long time since I read it, I cannot recall if it discusses Christian theology outside of a Calvinist perspective, or if it explains and then diminishes all types of Christian theology that is different from Calvinist theology. This would be important to me, since I am not a five point Calvinist, and I hon It’s kind christiian dry reading, but it does its job of concisely explaining Christian theology.
Manual of Christian Doctrine by Louis Berkhof
This would be important to me, since I am not a five point Calvinist, and I honestly find that Calvinism, with its emphasis on Jesus only dying to save elect people, predestination of the saved and the damned, and an extremely limited atonement, leaves me with a frightening and nihilistic impression. Even though I feel this way, I still have immense respect for the dedicated and caring teachers from my high school.
May 09, Michael Kidd rated it really liked it. Every Christian should at least read Berkhof’s manual if they are not willing to read his larger Systematic Theology.
Jul 31, Michael A rated it did not like it. I’m not the target audience agnostic for this book, so I predictably hated it.
Manual of Christian Doctrine
Why then am I reading it? The main reason is because my wife attends a Presbyterian church and the preacher gave me this book to read because she told him I wasn’t sure about most of these issues. I didn’t like the pages or so I read of it because it’s an intolerant little book. The author goes so far as to say that the point of the book is the “proper indoctrination” of believers in the preface. He uses Biblical I’m not the target audience agnostic for this book, so I predictably hated it.
None of this is set in stone. The Reformed Church’s take on it is simply one of many that have existed throughout history.
Even when I attended an Anglican church with my parents, I would have struggled to wrap my head around the ideas in this book from time to time. I really have to wonder if the author ever thought about the kind of philosophical system that he was propounding to his students.
Unconditional obedience to God despite his many contradictions and complexities. The convoluted mental gymnastics needed to justify sin in the world if God had the ability to make a world without any sin. The inability to question and the need to worship out of fear of going to hell and punishment. It reminded me a lot of watching a Bergman film — that very dour, stark world berkbof Protestant guilt and hell that swallows people alive without any sort of happiness christiah light.
In other words, it’s a rather stark worldview and one that I’m not in any way prepared to endorse. There are far better, more modern books to read about Christianity, as well, if dictrine want doctine learn more about it. The strange thing is, I think I would have given this book 3 stars if he had simply title the book a bit differently — if, for example, it had been called “Our Version of Reformed Christianity and Why We Think the Way We Do.
It’s the author’s attitude and his claims about it being for Christianity in general that got me so upset. Mar 16, Allen Haynie rated it it was amazing.
The book is in outline form and Berkhof presents each doctrine in a clear and concise manner. At the end of each chapter there are review questions for further study along with references for further study. He frequently shows the errors of Roman Catholic, Lutheran chrisyian Arminian theology. On some of the more controversial doctrines he states the common objections made by some and then gives a Biblical and reasoned answer to those objections.
I found the discussion on the Doctrine of the Application of the Work of Redemption, which consists of calling, regeneration, conversion, faith, justification, sanctification and perseverance to be excellent. I highly recommend this book. Oct 07, Rock Rockwell rated it really liked it Shelves: Berkhoff tates his voluminous Systematic Theology book written for the college janual and breaks it down to digestable outlined chunks so that the High School student can read and understand clearly.
This is the one of the best books to have handy in your small group, discipleship class, coffee table, or bookbag to reference quickly and easily. Apr 30, Paul rated it really liked it Shelves: Great introduction to systematic theology from a Reformed perspective.
Berkof follows Herman Bavinck and Gerhardus Vos much verkhof the way. And presents Christian doctrine in an accessible way. christia
Read this book along with John Frame’s Salvation Belongs to the Lord for a well balanced introduction to systematic theology that will prepare you to take on the big boys. Jan 09, Evan Staehle rated it it was amazing. While I have yet to read Systematic Theology, I’m currently devouring this condensed, easier to follow, college-level version.
It beautifully captures some of the main, foundational doctrines of the Christian faith from a Reformed perspective which is nice. Reading it has blown my mind about God. The awe-inspiring, soul-stirring truths in this book will reorient your eyes toward heaven, while your jaw hits the floor in wonder or at least, that’s what it did for me.
Oct 17, Peter B. An excellent, clear, and simple explanation of Reformed doctrine. The chapter “The Offices of Christ” is my favorite. I’ve read most of it twice. Jan 17, Jenna rated it it was ok Shelves: Okay, I didn’t read the whole thing because it wasn’t required, but I thought this was one of the better books Jan 11, Sean McGowan rated it really liked it Shelves: Aug 29, Rachelskirts rated it liked it.
Textbook from junior year of high school. Ddoctrine in conjunction with R. Sproul’s Essential Truths of the Christian Faith. Jun 29, G. Burrow rated it liked it Shelves: It was probably good, as far as systematic theology goes.
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Louis Berkhof — was a Reformed theologian best known for his Systematic Theology He taught for almost four decades at Calvin Theological Seminary and served as its president from — In his work on docfrine theology Berkhof followed in the line of John Calvin and embraced the development of Reformed theology by the Dutch theologians Abraham Kuyper and Herman Bavinck.