Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for reviewing it. Biblical Doctrine is John MacArthur’s (along with Richard Mayhue) overview of systematic theology, written from one of the masters of biblical exposition. The work begins with theological foundation (Prolegomena), building on the foundation with a survey of the major doctrines of the Christian faith (Bibliology, Theology Proper, Christology, Pneumatology, Anthropology and Hamartiology, Soteriology, Angelology, Ecclesiology, and Eschatology). Each treatment of the major doctrines provides ample substance to be used in graduate and master-level systematic theology courses, and this resource will likely become the next gold-standard of general systematic theologies due to its current scholarship, its respected authorship, and its conservative, evangelical position. Chapters begin and end with a hymn (generally one of the traditional hymns of the faith) and conclude with a prayer related to each major doctrine, allowing readers to appreciate the worship aspect of the study of biblical doctrine. Each chapter also concludes with detailed bibliographies containing both primary systematic theologies and specific works with regard to each doctrine, valuable additions to students involved in research on theological topics. The overall structure of the resource is more teachable and flows more easily than other major systematic theologies (such as Erickson and Grudem), and the […]
Image of Codex Sinaiticus containing John 3:16. Can you find John 3:16 on the page? (Click the image to make it larger. Image courtesy of Accordance Bible Software). Faithlife (the developer of Logos Bible Software) has produced a Faithlife TV original film called Fragments of Truth that’ll be available in select movie theaters on April 24. More information concerning the film and a companion study guide is available here. It looks like a great film, and I hope it is also released in streaming format at a later date. Here is Faithlife’s description of it: Our faith is based on the New Testament—but can we really trust the Bible? Skeptics say no, arguing that the Gospel manuscripts have been doctored to push a theological agenda. In this new Faithlife original film, Dr. Craig Evans takes this claim head-on, traveling the globe to track down the most ancient New Testament manuscripts. Along the way, he highlights groundbreaking new evidence, demonstrating that the case for the reliability of the New Testament manuscripts is stronger than ever.
Billy Graham passed away today at age 99. Billy Graham was known as America’s evangelist and presented the Gospel message to more individuals than any other evangelist in the history of the world. The Logos Bible Software Blog has posted an article honoring Billy Graham which is a good read.