Free Berkhof ebook

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  1. reaganmarsh

    reaganmarsh Puritan Board Senior

  2. reaganmarsh

    reaganmarsh Puritan Board Senior

  3. ZackF

    ZackF Puritan Board Senior

    Cool. I didn't know he wrote a Summa of his Summa!
     
  4. kainos01

    kainos01 Puritan Board Junior

    Thanks, Reagan!
     
  5. Dachaser

    Dachaser Puritan Board Junior

    Nice, can get this to my teenage sons to use, as his fuller one is beyond them right now!
     
  6. reaganmarsh

    reaganmarsh Puritan Board Senior

    Enjoy, brothers. While Berkhof is a bit dry to my taste, he is faithful, substantial, rigorous, and clear.
     
  7. Jack K

    Jack K Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    He also wrote a Manual of Christian Doctrine, which is more detailed than his Summary but still significantly condensed compared to his Systematic Theology. The Manual is one of my favorite go-to references when I need to check some of my language quickly, as I find it just the right size to navigate easily and still get answers to most questions that come up in my everyday teaching and writing. It's also the rare reference work that fits nicely in a briefcase.
     
  8. bookslover

    bookslover Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    You're right, Reagan. I find Berkhof heavy going - not because of the content, but because of the style. Much the same can be said of John Murray. It seems like past generations had, in some cases, theologians who were thoroughly orthodox but not very good writers.
     
  9. reaganmarsh

    reaganmarsh Puritan Board Senior

    Quite so. I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks this way!
     
  10. Dachaser

    Dachaser Puritan Board Junior

    My first introduction to Reformed theology was Chrales Hodge , think 4 volume set, so Berkhof seemed easy after that!
     
  11. Dachaser

    Dachaser Puritan Board Junior

    Think thatwas e common way of expressing the doctrines back then, as Hodge and others wrote really verbose!
     
  12. bookslover

    bookslover Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    Probably true. I'm just glad that, today, we have many folks who are both orthodox thinkers and really good writers: Carl Trueman, J. I. Packer (now retired), D. A. Carson, etc.
     
  13. Dachaser

    Dachaser Puritan Board Junior

    Think that is the big challenge each generation, to have good authors step up to replace the ones tht have gone on before them. Interesting to me on how many Reformed scholars have been involved in the recent study bible such as the Esv and Zondervan Niv versions also. I have read Knowing God and his basic doctrines book, any thing else from Dr Packer that you could suggest to read?
     
  14. bookslover

    bookslover Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    If you haven't, you should read his first two books: "Fundamentalism" and the Word of God (1958) and Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God (1961) and his collection of essays on the Puritans: A Quest for Godliness (1990). All are well worth your time.
     
  15. reaganmarsh

    reaganmarsh Puritan Board Senior

    Yes indeed. Those are two excellent books.
     
  16. Dachaser

    Dachaser Puritan Board Junior

    Thankyou fo those suggestions, will look into reading them!
     
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