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Love God with All Your Soul:
Theology

SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY THEOLOGICAL SYSTEMS
I. Systematic Theology
THEOLOGY (GOD) BIBLIOLOGY (THE HOLY SCRIPTURES) CHRISTOLOGY (CHRIST) PNEUMATOLOGY (HOLY SPIRIT) ANTHROPOLOGY (NATURE OF HUMANS) ECCLESIOLOGY (CHURCH) SATAN & DEMONOLOGY ESCHATOLOGY (Last Things)

    1. Books on Sytematic Theology
      1. Stanley J. Grenz – Theology for the Community of God (1999)
      2. Baker's Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology (1996)
      3. James Arminius (1560-1609) – Complete Works
      4. Louis Berkhof – trinity designSummary of Christian Doctrine (1932, rev. 1938)
      5. Loraine Boettner – The Trinity | Inspiration of the Scriptures | Total Depravity | The Atonement | Salvation by Grace
      6. James P. Boyce – Abstract of Systematic Theology (1887)
      7. John Calvin – Institutes of the Christian Religion (orig. Latin, 1536; Eng. transl. 1599)
      8. A. A. Hodge – Commentary on Westminster Confession of Faith (1869)
      9. W. N. Clarke – Outline of Christian Theology (1899)
      10. Charles Hodge – Systematic Theology: Vol. 1 | Vol. 2 | Vol. 3 | Index (1871)
      11. Martin Luther – Table Talk (Eng. transl., 1646)
      12. James Orr, et al. – The Fundamentals: Introduction | Vol. 1 | Vol. 2 | Vol. 3 | Vol. 4 (1917)
      13. Philip Schaff – Theological Propaedeutic: Introduction to Study of Theology (1893)
      14. Augustus H. Strong – Systematic Theology: 1. Prolegomena | 2. The Existence of God | 3. The Scriptures: Revelation from God | 4. The Nature, Decrees, & Works of God – Part 1 (Attributes of God, Trinity, Decrees)Part 2 (Creation, Preservation, Providence, Good & Evil Angels) | 5. Anthropology: The Doctrine of Man | 6. Soteriology: The Doctrine of Salvation through Christ & the Holy Spirit – Part 1 (Christology)Part 2 (Reconciliation) | 7. Ecclesiology: The Doctrine of the Church | 8. Eschatology: The Doctrine of Final Things
      15. Benjamin B. Warfield – Selected Essays
      16. Richard Watson – Theological Institutes (1851)  
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    2. Areas of study
      1. Theology: The Godhead
        1. Millard J. Erickson – Making Sense of the Trinity: Three Crucial Questions (2000)
        2. Arthur W. Pink – The Attributes of God (rerprint: 2006)
        3. Warren Myers & Ruth Myers – Experiencing God's Attributes (2003)
        4. J. Rendel Harris – Origin of the Doctrine of the Trinity (1919)
        5. W. N. Clarke – The Christian Doctrine of God (1909)
        6. G. S. Faber, Doctrine of the Trinity – Vol. 1: Teaching of the Apostles | Vol. 2: Objections Considered (1832)  [TOP]
      2. Bibliology: The Holy Scriptures
        1. Revelation
        2. Inspiration
        3. Historicity
        4. Credibility of its Miracles
        5. Inerrancy
      3. Christology: Jesus the Christ
        1. Christologies
        2. Deity of Christ
        3. Humanity of Christ (Incarnation)
        4. Messianic prophecies
        5. Conception & Birth
        6. Teachings
          1. General
          2. Parables
          3. Discourses
          4. Sermon on the Mount
          5. The Agrapha (Possible sayings of Jesus not found in the canonical accounts of the Gospel)
        7. Miracles
        8. Trials
        9. Death
        10. Atonement
        11. Reconciliation
        12. Resurrection
        13. Ascension
        14. Present work
        15. Return (Parousia)
      4. Pneumatology: The Holy Spirit
        1. For purchase:
        2. For online reading:
        3. Attributes of the Spirit
        4. Glossalalia (Speaking in Tongues)
        5. Gifts of the Spirit
        6. Discerning one's spiritual gift(s)
        7. The Fruit of the Spirit
      5. Anthropology: The Human Identity
        1. Herman Hoeksema – Knowing God and Man (2006) Calvinist perspective
        2. Linleigh Roberts – Let Us Make Man (1988)
        3. John Laidlaw – The Bible Doctrine of Man (1879)
        4. Julius Müller, The Christian Doctrine of Sin – Vol. 1: The Existence of Evil | Vol. 2: The Possibility of Sin & The Diffusion of Sin (1853)
        5. Steve Singleton – "True Guilt or Guilt Feelings? What is Your Spiritual Diagnosis? What's the Remedy?"  [TOP]
      6. Ecclesiology: The Community of the Redeemed
        1. Nature of God's Church
        2. Nature of Christian Worship
      7. Satan & Demonology: The Unswerving Enemy of the Saints
        1. Merrill F. Unger – Biblical Demonology: A Study of Spiritual Forces at Work Today (1995) A thorough and reverent examination of the passages of the Old and New Testaments, shedding light upon the invisible spiritual forces at work today.
        2. Erwin W. Lutzer – The Serpent of Paradise: The Incredible Story of How Satan's Rebellion Serves God's Purposes (1996) Lutzer contends that we cannot properly understand Satan unless we first understand God. When we stand in awe of God, we will find it unnecessary to stand in awe of Satan.
        3. Anonymous – The Satan of Scripture (1876).
      8. Eschatology: The Consummation of History
        1. General works on eschatology
        2. Different Schools of Eschatological Interpretation
          1. Surveys of the different schools
          2. Amillennial
            1. Preterist
            2. Continuous Historical
            3. Symbolic
          3. Premillennial
            1. Pre-Trib: Dispensational Premillennialism
            2. Mid-Trib
            3. Post-Trib: Historical Premillennialism (Chiliasm)
          4. Postmillennial
        3. Judgment Day
        4. The Intermediate State
          • James Stratten – The Intermediate State and Other Discourses (1867) Believes (wrongly I think) that the OT righteous dead were in a state of blassedness though still separated from full fellowship with God, a "veil" removed by Christ's sacrifice. I believe the state of bliss is the same for the righteous dead of all ages, since all are there due to the once-for-all sacrifice of Christ.
        5. Resurrection
        6. Eternal Life (Heaven)
        7. Eternal Death (Hell)
          1. Survey of interpretations
          2. Eternal Conscious Torment
          3. Annihilation (Conditionalist)
  1. Theological systems
  2. SACRAMENTAL LUTHERAN REFORMED DISPENSATIONAL BIBLICAL
    1. Sacramental theology
      1. Books recommended for purchase:
        • J. H. Armstrong, P. E. Engle, & R. D. Moore, eds. – Understanding Four Views on the Lord's Supper (2007). The four views are: Memorialism (Baptist) - R. D. Moore, Spiritual Presence (Reformed) - J. Hesselink, Consubstantiation (Lutheran) - D. P. Scaer, and Transubstantiation (Catholic) - T. A. Baima. Each critiques the other's statement of his view.
        • Gordon T. Smith, ed. – The Lord's Supper: Five Views (2008). The five views are: Roman Catholic - J. Gross, Lutheran - J. R. Stephenson, Reformed - L. Van Dyk, Baptist - R. E. Olson, and Pentecostal - V.-M. Kärkkainen. Each critiques the other's statement of his view.
        • P. E. Engle and J. H. Armstrong, eds. – Understanding Four Views on Baptism (2007). The four views are: Baptist - T. J. Nettles, Reformed - R. L. Pratt Jr., Lutheran - R. Kolb, and Christian Churches/Churches of Christ - J. D. Castelein. Each critiques the other's statement of his view.
        • Everett Ferguson – Baptism in the Early Church: History, Theology, and Liturgy in the First Five Centuries (2008). Highly recommended comprehensive survey by this leading expert in early Christianity.
      2. Recommended for online reading:
    2. Lutheran theology
      1. Timothy F. Lull, ed. – Martin Luther's Basic Theological Writings (2nd ed., book & CD-ROM, 2004).
      2. C. E. Braaten – Principles of Lutheran Theology (2nd ed., 2007).
      3. Hans J. Iwand – The Righeousness of Faith According to Luther (2008).
    3. Reformed theology
      1. Description of:
      2. Critiques:
    4. Dispensational theology
      1. Description of:
      2. Critiques:
    5. Biblical theology
      1. Bernhard Weiss – Biblical Theology of the New Testament: – Vol. 1 | Vol. 2
      2. Geerhardús Vos – Biblical Theology: Old & New Testaments (1994)   [TOP]


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