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A New Systematic Theology Of The Christian Faith 2nd Edition - Revised And Updated [Hardcover]

By Robert L. Reymond (Author)
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Pages   1252
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.3" Width: 6.4" Height: 1.9"
Weight:   3.34 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2002
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  0849913179  
EAN  9780849913174  


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A contemporary, foundational statement of classic reformed faith, now revised and updated. *Comprehensive, coherent, contextual, and conversational *Scripture-saturated, with more exegesis and more Scripture quotations than other one-volume theologies *Upholds classic Calvinist positions on baptism, the Trinity, church government, and much more *Interacts with contemporary issues and the work of other theologians *Reveals the author's warmth and sensitivity born of more than 25 years as a professor at leading Reformed seminaries *Numerous appendices covering special topics; abundant resources for further study through footnotes, and a selective bibliography *A textbook for theology students, a life-long reference for libraries, ministers, teachers, and professional theologians

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A contemporary, foundational statement of classic reformed faith, now revised and updated.

  • Comprehensive, coherent, contextual, and conversational
  • Scripture-saturated, with more exegesis and more Scripture quotations than other one-volume theologies
  • Upholds classic Calvinist positions on baptism, the Trinity, church government, and much more
  • Interacts with contemporary issues and the work of other theologians
  • Reveals the author’s warmth and sensitivity born of more than 25 years as a professor at leading Reformed seminaries
  • Numerous appendices covering special topics; abundant resources for further study through footnotes, and a selective bibliography
  • A textbook for theology students, a life-long reference for libraries, ministers, teachers, and professional theologians


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Robert L. Reymond (1932-2013) taught for more than 25 years on the faculties of Covenant Theological Seminary (St. Louis, Missouri) and Knox Theological Seminary (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida). He held degrees from Bob Jones University and did post-doctoral studies at Fuller Seminary, New York University, Union Seminary (New York), Tyndale House, Cambridge, and Rutherford House, Edinburgh.

Robert L. Reymond currently resides in the state of Florida.

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One of the best  Jun 11, 2008
One of the best systematic theology volumes available. Came in a timely fashion at a great price.
 
God's Determinate Counsel  Jan 4, 2008
'Our knowledge of God is totally dependent on revelation (1 Cor 2:11).' pg 153

Paul claimed Christ as the original source of his revelation knowledge:
1 Cor 11:23: 'For I received from the Lord that which I did deliver to you.' YLT

'God's knowledge, revealed in Holy Scripture, is then the criterion of validity for all human predication.' pg 186

'The attributes of God are essential to the nature of God. They comprise the characteristics of God which distinguish Him as God. It is precisely in the sum total of His attributes that His essence as God finds expression. With them He is distinguished as God from all other entities.' pg 161 God's being is identical with His (INFINITE, ETERNAL and UNCHANGEABLE) attributes.

'God, being everywhere present, does not literally 'come' or 'go' to or from specific places. Where such language is employed (Gen 11:5; Isa 64), it must be recognized for what it is - metaphorical language indicating or invoking a special manifestation of God's working either in grace, or judgment.' pg 170 This is applicable to theophanies, the Incarnation, and the 'coming' of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Rather, His presence was simply uniquely manifested. (INFINITE)

'In His sight all things are open and manifest...' pg 160, quoting the Westminster Confession of Faith. 'Time is the succession of ideas in a finite mind, and since God being omniscient, can have no such succession in His mind, therefore, He is timeless.' pg 173 'God's thoughts themselves, (that is His wisdom and knowledge) are eternally intuited, comprehensive, and teleologically ordered and not arrived at chronologically thru discursive process.' pg 176 (ETERNAL)

'These...verses emphasize the constancy of His being and purpose, which constancy in turn guarantees that He remains always one and the same true God, faithful to Himself, His decrees and His works.' pg 178 'In His every reaction to men's responses to Him, the immutable moral fixity of His character is evident.' pg 181 Quoting JI Packer, pg 179 '..even the Son on His Cross... was suffering by His and the Father's conscious foreknowledge and choice, and those who made Him suffer, however free or guilty by their action, were real if unwitting tools of divine wisdom and agents of the divine plan.' Quoting Buswell, Systematic Theology, 1:57: 'God's immutability is the absolutely perfect consistency of His character in His actual relationships, throughout history, with His finite creation.' (UNCHANGEABLE)

'And there is not a created thing not manifest before Him, but all things are naked and open to His eyes, with whom is our reckoning.' Hebrews 4:13 YLT

'He necessarily knows Himself exhaustively, and He necessarily knows His creation exhaustively - and both instantaneously, simultaneously and everlastingly.' pg 185

Remarking on the Creator/creature distinction:
'And if men are to live in His presence at all, they must not wantonly seek to stray across the holy barrier between them and Him, or transgress His holy laws delineating this barrier. Specifically, if men are to live in His presence, they must obey the laws He regards as essential to the protection of His majestic and ethical holiness from all profanation, which laws God as their Creator has written on their hearts and revealed at Sinai.' pg 196

Dr Reymond has provided the Reformed Christian with a beautiful labor of love in this Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith. His many attempts to show the Godward reference in salvation are especially admirable. Something on a par with Louis Berkhof's work, I am happy to engage with this more modern work which provides a contemporary feel of systematic theology, but still holds to core truths from a Calvinist foundation.

'The Reformed position on the efficacy of the Word as a means of grace is that, even though the Bible is the very Word of God, it is rendered efficacious as a means of special grace, not intrinsically or automatically, but only by the immediate and direct attendant working of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of its readers and hearers.' pg 916
 
Worth purchasing  Jan 3, 2008
This Systematic Theology is a must have resource for serious students of the Bible. Dr. Reymond is a brilliant scholar.
 
Pretty good...for a modern dogmatics!  Oct 29, 2007
Reymond provides readers with one of most up-to-date systematics, dealing with a number of theological developments in the late-20th century. Louis Berkhof was pretty much alone for Dogmatic theologies (from the Reformed trajectory of theology) in English for the last 100 years, so in that sense Reymond is to be thanked for giving us a 'new' and very readable Systematics.

This won't take the place of classic Reformed dogmatics like Turretin and Bavinck...but Reymond is certainly worth a read, if you find some of these older works difficult to read.

There are a number of extremely helpful sections, especially on topics like the Covenant of Works. The only real blemish is unfortunately a significant one -- his Christology is quite critical of the 'eternal generation of the Son'...and I was personally disappointed in the way he treats the subject. I think he completely misreads Warfield and Calvin on the subject, and in the process objects to something that Protestant theology has confessed.

Still, on most of the other topics, you will find him helpful.
 
Peculiar, yet standard in some ways  Aug 13, 2007
In some ways it is the standard reformed systematic theology, following the same outlines of doctrine. There is one twist: Reymond outlines his doctrine according to the outlines given in the Westminster Confession of Faith. While perhaps unimaginative at times, this allows Reymond to masterfully organize the doctrinal content.

Some unique parts:
1) Reymond got into trouble with his peculiar Christology. While I am not comfortable with his questioning the eternal generation of the Son, I am very much impressed with his presentation of Christ as *autotheos.*

2) Reymond's defense of supralapsarianism borders on extreme overkill. But to his credit he does present the doctrine in the clearest of terms. I am infralap, but Reymond does make a good case. All I can say in response is that Reymond's supralapsarianism makes creation an ancillary doctrine.

Some comments and criticisms:
1) His take on eschatology was quite good and in line with recent Reformed and Evangelical discussions on the kingdom, already-not yet, etc. Unfortunately, his discussion of millennial positions is quite weak. He assumes amillennialism from the outset and attacks other positions along the lines of "Well, the rest of the NT is amillennial."

2) He rebuts theonomy by an appeal to Robert Lewis Dabney. Granted, the section of Dabney does seem to rebut theonomy, but Dabney is an odd man to whom one could appeal, is he not? Dabney used the same arguments as theonomists in order that Dabney could justify slavery (although to his credit Dabney critiqued the unbiblical form of slavery present).

Reymond says that theonomists are wrong for wanting to execute groups x,y, and z. Perhaps they are. He should have *argued* WHY they were wrong. His appeal to Dabney is flawed, for on pages 869-870, Dabney appeals to Old Testament case laws for the opposite conclusion of Reymond! So which is it, Dr Reymond, do we appeal to Dabney or do we not appeal to Dabney?

3) After giving a masterful defense of justification by faith alone, Reymond then brazenly suggests that most of the Church before Luther might have been in hell. I can only hope he wasn't serious. At this point he moved from justification by faith alone to justification by faith in faith alone.

Conclusion:
Reymond interacts with the latest scholarship and offers insightful approaches to old discussions. While aware of its quirks, this volume will surely aid the theological student.
 

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