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Truth Aflame: A Balanced Theology for Evangelicals and Charismatics [Paperback]

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Pages   496
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.98" Width: 6.26" Height: 1.36"
Weight:   1.82 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 1999
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  0785209921  
EAN  9780785209928  

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Truth Aflame bridges evangelical and charismatic-Pentecostal streams, merging them in a theology that integrates biblical and historical theology into a coherent whole, interpreting biblical faith for today's questions and concerns

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A complete, systematic theology that emphasizes an evangelical, charismatic perspective on the Holy Spirit's work today.

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Theologically sound and practical   Nov 3, 2005
Larry Hart does an great job utilizing historical theological figures and major figures within the Christian religion. He is theologically sound and presents theology in a manner that is understandable. Informative and fun to read and a great tool to use in a bible study. I highly recommend this book to any Christian who would like to have a more complete understanding of their belief system. Great book!
One of the better theologies for young, evangelical readers  Mar 10, 2003
A few months ago a friend of mine, a conservative evangelical-charismatic, asked me to recommend an accessible systematic theology for a young man at his church. I hesitated to recommend anything as trite and formulaic as Grudem, and could not think of a better alternative. So I was delighted when I came across Hart's Truth Aflame.

Hart eschews cold dogmatics and presents a living, vibrant evangelical faith. Being rather outside the pale of conservative evangelicalism, I naturally disagreed theologically at points, but appreciated the emphasis on a merciful and loving God as he is revealed to us rather than lots of heavy philosophizing and inane prooftexting in order to argue inconsequential points (so Grudem). His sources span most of the roughly conservative end of Christianity as a whole: A glance at the index will reveal the most cited authors to be Karl Barth, James Dunn, CS Lewis and Wolfhart Pannenberg among some more standard conservative evangelical authors such as FF Bruce and Millard Erickson; There are also a few references to some more controversial figures such as Pat Robertson and Oral Roberts--more of an embarrassment than a help.

In retrospect, there are a few other evangelical systematic theologies I might recommend: Millard Erickson (Christian Theology); J Rodman Williams (Renewal Theology: Systematic Theology from a Charismatic Perspective); James Leo Garrett (Systematic Theology: Biblical, Historical, Evangelical); and Stanley J Grenz (Theology for the Community of God). None of these rivals Hart's book for accessibility, however.

J. I. Packer's endorsement  May 25, 2001
"Evangelical and expository, didactic and devotional, conservative and charismatic, biblical and baptistic, American and Arminian, this ABC of Christian theology overflows with good things, and will bring light and joy to most readers at most points." J. I. Packer
A disappointment  Apr 25, 2001
This book may appeal to those who are highly into the Charismatic tradition, but to those who want a scholarly, exegetically sound, and foundationally strong theology book look elsewhere. This book is only good as a survey but not as a scholarly reference tool. He hardly takes sides when confronted with issues that face evangelicals; he is a compromiser trying to tie different camps together; and resorts to emotionalism. Sometimes readers will get annoyed by the amount of exclamation marks he uses throughout the book. When one writes a theology book one should be faithful to the Bible, rather than to the sensitivities of peoples' emotions. Most solid theological books do not pull back punches when dealing with hard doctrines (e.g. predestination). Also, his book will appeal to Arminians but not to Calvinists. When dealing with doctrines regarding predestination and humanity, he appeals to strong Arminian systematic theologians like Thomas Oden and Jack Cottrell. His exegesis of Romans 9 is poor and shoddy (Paul is dealing with individual election, not to national election). No wonder scholars who have a questionable view of God's sovereignty and forknowledge recommend this book (e.g. Roger Olson and Clark Pinnock). If one is looking for a good systematic theology overview don't look here.
Theology That is Fun to Read!  Aug 2, 2000
Think that theology is boring? Do you believe studying Christian doctrine is unspiritual? Does considering what people of the Christian faith believe sound like something that would not be fun? Well think again! My friend Larry Hart has written a wonderful book about an exciting subject-Christian theology. He writes with clarity, passion and joy about God, Christ, salvation, faith, hope and love-and much more. His book is well-informed by evangelical theology and an openness to the work of the Holy Spirit. The book is wise, "sound" would be another way of describing it. It is scholarly, but not dense reading, there is a joy for the subject that shines through to the reader. My friend obviously loves theology and the Lord! Pastors (I'm one of them!) will find this book helpful in their preparation of sermons, I certainly have found it helpful. It would also be a good text for theological schools to use in classes or for pastors to read for their own spiritual and intellectual growth. Take up and read and enjoy!

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