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Evangelical theology has become more academically engaged, aware of global Christianity, and interested in the Great Tradition, yet is increasingly fragmented. This introductory textbook for evangelical colleges, universities, and seminaries offers students a biblically rich, creedally structured, ecumenically evangelical, and ethically engaged introduction to Christian theology.
Daniel Treier, coeditor of the popular Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, discusses key Scripture passages, explains Christian theology within the structure of the Nicene Creed, explores the range of evangelical approaches to contested doctrines, acquaints evangelicals with other views (including Orthodox and Catholic), and integrates theological ethics with chapters on the Ten Commandments and the Lord's Prayer. The result is a meaty but manageable introduction to the convictions and arguments shaping contemporary evangelical theology.
"In making introductions, first impressions count: according to a Harvard study it takes only seven seconds to size up a new acquaintance. Introducing Evangelical Theology makes a good impression in the first seven pages, where we meet a movement that is equally concerned with intellectual, moral, and spiritual formation; ecumenically orthodox and rooted in the great creeds; yet distinctly Protestant in its insistence that the gospel retain its glorious freedom to renew and reform. By the end of the book, readers will also have formed a good lasting impression of evangelical theology and an appreciation for Treier's clear, fair, and winsome exposition of the Trinitarian narrative of the gospel and its interpretive traditions. Each chapter includes theses, definitions of key terms, and a set of learning objectives--everything one needs to learn the grammar of evangelical faith. This is not simply an introduction to but an education in evangelical theology, and one to which I will be enthusiastically introducing students for years to come." - Kevin J. Vanhoozer, research professor of systematic theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
"Real faith seeks deeper understanding, and when it does, it inevitably reaches out for help. This book is that help. Treier has produced a tool for training the evangelical mind and for training the mind evangelically. Introducing Evangelical Theology is an instrument of catechesis designed for our times." - Fred Sanders, professor of theology, Torrey Honors Institute, Biola University
"In these pages Treier offers a truly remarkable combination of Scripture, tradition, ethics, doctrine, historic debates, and contemporary challenges as he explores one essential topic after another. Trinitarian in both content and structure, the book could not be more thoughtfully ordered and presented. I know this book's pages will be dog-eared and its binding worn by many a college student, pastor, graduate student, and academic, for whom it will quickly become an invaluable and treasured resource." - Kristen Deede Johnson, dean and vice president of academic affairs, Western Theological Seminary
"Treier has produced a richly textured work that is at once ecumenical, Protestant, and evangelical in the best sense of the words. Further, by framing it within the three components of the traditional catechism, Treier connects modern evangelicals to their ancient heritage. Here is a book that I will readily recommend for introductory courses in systematic theology." - Simon Chan, editor of Asia Journal of Theology
Daniel J. Treier (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is Knoedler Professor of Theology at Wheaton College Graduate School in Wheaton, Illinois. He is the author of Introducing Theological Interpretation of Scripture and the coeditor of several books, including the Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, The Cambridge Companion to Evangelical Theology, and the award-winning Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible.