Book Profile: Historical Theology by Gregg Allison

11 Apr

Historical Theology: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine

This amazing 785 page book was written by Gregg Allison and published in 2011 as a companion volume to Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology. In the book Dr. Allison shows the development of Christian doctrine since the time of Christ until today.

It is not your traditional companion volume, though. It mirrors the layout of Systematic Theology and generally follows the same chapter outline as it goes through different doctrines showing the historical development of theology in the history of the church.

And this is what makes it not your traditional historical theology volume either. Most historical theology books tell the story of the historical development of theology by walking through the different time periods. So, one section may highlight the development of doctrine in the 1600’s, perhaps highlighting the main doctrinal developments of that time, and then moving on to the next period of development.

What makes this book stand apart is how it takes each doctrine in isolation and shows the development of that doctrine throughout church history. Then the next chapter begins again with the next doctrine. This way you are able to stay focused on the specific doctrine at hand as the author displays the specific developments of the particular doctrine in the history of the church. Instead of getting lost in a sea of theological development for a certain time period.

What a great gift to the body of Christ!

I’m not sure how long this will last, but it is available on Kindle for $5.99 today. And is available in hardcover for it’s normal price of $32.98.

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