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5.0 out of 5 starsGreat book!
Reviewed in the United States on August 6, 2017
If you highlight the important "stuff" such as I, you'll find that you will have colored most of "Christian Theology" by the time you have finished reading it. Great book!
Reviewed in the United States on September 25, 2016
I should have waited until i had the money to get the book by Wayne Grudem, "Systematic Theology". Christian Theology is written in a way where even an English major like myself, has to read it with a Thesaurus close by. Whereas Systematic Theology is more simplified, it's like going to a church where no one understands the message except bible scholars. Hard to grasp & absorb,,therefore, it'd Definitely be challenging to teach. As with all your products, it was in Great condition. But, nope, i would NOT recommend this book to anyone, not even a bible college grad. Maurice of Fruitful Works
5.0 out of 5 starsA SYSTEMATIC PRESENTATION OF WRITINGS BY A FAMED METHODIST THEOLOGIAN
Reviewed in the United States on August 23, 2012
Adam Clarke (1762-1832) was a British Methodist theologian and Biblical scholar. This book was not written by Dr. Clarke, but was compiled after his death from his writings. It is subdivided into thirty-five topics such as: The Scriptures; God; The Trinity; Faith; Justification; Entire Sanctification; Public Worship; Husband and Wife; Rulers and Subjects; Good and bad Angels; Apostasy; Heaven, etc. (NOTE: page numbers below refer to the paperback edition.)
He wrote, "It has ever been a matter of astonishment to me that any soul...should have ever ... laboured to prove, that ... (God should have) a sovereign, irrespective, eternal love to a few of the fallen human race; together with a sovereign, irrevocable, and eternal hatred to the great mass of mankind; according to which the salvation of the former, and the perdition of the latter, have been, from all eternity, absolutely and irrevocably fixed, preordained, and decreed!" (Pg. 77-78) About the so-called 'unpardonable sin,' he advises that "no man who believes the divine mission of Jesus Christ ever can commit this sin." (Pg. 105)
He observes, "The doctrine of justification by faith... is so very plain that all may comprehend it; and so free that all may attain it." (Pg. 139) He rhetorically asks, "why is not the moral obligation of (keeping the Sabbath) insisted on by our Lord and the apostles? They have sufficiently insisted on it; they all kept it sacred, and so invariably did all the primitive Christians." (Pg. 214)
His anti-Catholic orientation is shown in passages such as, "The Church of Rome... has so blended a pretended Christian devotion with heathenish and Jewish rites and ceremonies, two parts of which are borrowed from pagan Rome, the third from the Jewish ritual ill understood... and the fourth part from other corruptions of the Christian system." (Pg. 248)
He argues, "To suppose that sinners shall be annihilated, is as great a heresy, though scarcely so absurd, as to believe that the pains of damnation are emendatory, and that hell fire shall burn out." (Pg. 374) Still, he adds, "What this everlasting destruction consists in, we cannot tell. It is not annihilation, for their being continues." (Pg. 376)
It is regretted that Clarke himself never wrote a systematic theology; still, this volume serves much of the same purpose.