Christian Doctrine

Shirley C. Guthrie Jr.


Christian Doctrine

Christian Doctrine

  • Title: Christian Doctrine
  • Author: Shirley C. Guthrie Jr.
  • ISBN: 9780664253684
  • Page: 184
  • Format: Paperback



Christian Doctrine has introduced thousands of laity, students, and theologians to the tenets of the Christian faith This edition reflects changes in the church and society since the publication of the first edition and takes into account new works in Reformed theology, gender references in the Bible, racism, pluralism, ecological developments, and liberation theologies Christian Doctrine has introduced thousands of laity, students, and theologians to the tenets of the Christian faith This edition reflects changes in the church and society since the publication of the first edition and takes into account new works in Reformed theology, gender references in the Bible, racism, pluralism, ecological developments, and liberation theologies.


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This is fairly rigorous text that tackles honestly the various issues in theology. Like most "charitable" explications of Predestination, it waffles around the significance and definition of freedom, often avoiding difficulties entirely, and conflating logical difficulties with moral one. A common rejoinder to the objection "Why doesn't God save all?" is when Calvinists say "We shouldn't ask why God doesn't save all, but why did he save any?" This equivocates on the word "why" where in the first [...]

If I had to select one book that all Christians should read it would be this one. What began as a church school curriculum for use by adults in the 60's primary with the lay reader in mind, has become a classic in seminaries and colleges. While the book is from a Reformed-Presbyterian perspective, it encompasses a broad array of Christian theology including Eastern Orthodoxy, Catholic, and the Reformed theological influence of John Calvin, Karl Barth, Jürgen Moltmann. Liberation theologians Gus [...]

It's not that this book is bad, it's just thatwell, who cares? Moderatism doesn't produce stunning theologies that forcefully argue the faith (except when their pet doctrines and cliches are at stake). Admittedly, Guthrie does an okay job introducing the reader to the basic themes in modern theology.He says that he hails from the Reformed tradition (15). It's hard to see how he can seriously make that claim. If you are American and you aren't part of NAPARC or the Covenanters, then you are not R [...]

I used the older edition of Shirley Guthrie's Christian Doctrine while an undergraduate. I was seeking answers and appreciated Guthrie's humble, probing guidance. Even then I disagreed with his mildly Barthian take on things, but I did enjoy much of his approach. It was smart and accessible. He posed lots of very good questions, though he offered hesitant answers. (Often in areas where Barth did NOT). This could be frustrating at times, and he was clearly even a little less classically orthodox [...]

If you are interested in deepening your understanding of the Christian faith this book is an excellent resource. I am grateful for Guthrie's rendering of the historical and symboolic representation of scripture while accepting that you, in concert with the leading of the Holy Spirit, will come to your own interpretation. I would say there are only two prerequisite beliefs: 1. scripture is the inspired word of God, and 2. Jesus Christ is the center on which all else turns. I have pondered and pra [...]

This was a very accessible introduction to beginning Christian Theology. Guthrie uses the Socratic method well, asking questions throughout each chapter and ending each section with a set of review questions. It would be perfect for a Christian discussion group or Bible study. There was plenty that confirmed what I already believed and plenty that challenged the way I think about my faith. This is a great way to begin understanding what Christians are all about and can be meaningful for Christia [...]

This is the best book on theology I've read so far. I wish we had read it for class (I read it to prepare for ordination exams). It is organized by topic, with concise, very well-written, engaging explanations of what Reformed Christians believe and some reasons we don't believe other things. I recommend it for just about anyone who wonders about these things, whether or not they consider themselves Christian or Reformed. It would make an excellent group study.

An unusually accessible and impressive volume detailing the typical reformed position on a host of theological issues: creation, predestination, sanctification, the future, sin, etc The author is an excellent teacher and offers some really compelling justifications for why one's traditionally accepted views on one or more of the book's topics might be ready for an update. Highly recommended.

Here you go - easy to digest in handy dandy little chapters Reformed theology at its finest. Can't say that I agree with everything, but it's well presented. Highly recommended for the armchair theologian - or the person in your family who keeps asking you all those annoying questions that you don't quite always have the answers for.

Very readable and well written. Parts of it succumb to the faddish theology of various groups that will fade away-- but other parts are pretty orthodox and raises interesting questions that make you think.

Why don't we learn this stuff in church? This book radically altered my view of faith. My first introduction to God language, justification, sanctification, the Creeds, revelation, original sin. Well equipped, manageable theology book for beginners.

Excellent and easy to understand.

A wonderful look at what "Reformed Theology" is. Everyone who identifies as Presbyterian would benefit from this book.

This is an informative book for critical thinking in theology. I have used it as a textbook and it is helpful in learning doctrine and avoiding heretical moves


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