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Faithful Theology: An Introduction (Short Studies in Systematic Theology) by [Graham A. Cole]

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Faithful Theology seeks to help new theologians get started on a sound basis. Graham Cole sets forth a theological method that is meant to be good theology―a method that, first and foremost, is itself true to the Bible and, second, shows how theologians throughout history have best used the Bible to edify the church. I am impressed with the conciseness of Faithful Theology. Cole has done an excellent job summarizing the basics in this short volume.”
John M. Frame, Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy Emeritus, Reformed Theological Seminary

“Graham Cole has enviable gifts of clarity and wisdom, combined with an ability to identify significant themes in theology. Faithful Theology is as fresh, bright, and crisp as a sun-drenched spring morning. It is as helpful for connecting the dots in Christian discipleship in the church as it is for pastoral formation in the seminary context. It is profound in its simplicity.”
C. Ben Mitchell, Graves Professor of Moral Philosophy, Union University

“We are all theologians, and we all practice theology, good or bad. Ministers and lay people need to learn how to do theology, to think theologically, to increase our theological awareness and theological ability, and to think God’s thoughts after him. We need to do this not only to understand our past but also to work through new issues of today and tomorrow. Graham Cole writes with his usual clarity and has provided a resource that is short, deep, vivid, and thoughtful! He shows us a method of doing faithful theology. This method requires honoring and using the Bible and the insights of the past, as well as clarity of thought, an understanding of sin and frustration, humility, patience, faith, prayer, and worship. We see these features reflected in this book.”
Peter Adam, Vicar Emeritus, St. Jude’s Carlton; Former Principal, Ridley College, Melbourne

“This helpful primer provides the common sense, plain speech, biblical perspective, and evangelical commitment we’ve come to expect from Graham Cole.”
Daniel J. Treier, Gunther H. Knoedler Professor of Theology, Wheaton College; author, Introducing Evangelical Theology

“Drawing from his years of teaching, Graham A. Cole guides the reader like a pastoral sage. Faithful Theology offers much insightful discussion about how to wed the demand for contextual affirmation and a commitment to scriptural authority. Cole is to be thanked for illustrating how we need to do theology as pilgrims heading home.”
Andrew J. Schmutzer, Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies, Moody Bible Institute; coauthor, Between Pain and Grace

--This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

Graham A. Cole (ThD, Australian College of Theology) is emeritus dean and emeritus professor of biblical and systematic theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. An ordained Anglican minister, he has served in two parishes and was formerly the principal of Ridley College. Graham lives in Australia with his wife, Jules.

Oren R. Martin (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is assistant professor of Christian theology and program coordinator for the seminary track at Boyce College. He serves as a pastor at Clifton Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky, and is the author of Bound for the Promised Land.

--This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0847RQMFG
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Crossway (January 7, 2020)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ January 7, 2020
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 524 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 130 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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Oren R. Martin (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as Associate Professor of Christian Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Boyce College in Louisville, KY. He grew up in Houston, Texas, and has raced cars, worked for NASCAR, served as a local church college pastor to Aggies at Texas A&M University, and served as professor of theology at Northland International University.

He has written Bound for the Promised Land: The Land Promise in God’s Redemptive Plan (IVP, 2015), “The Land Promise Biblically and Theologically Understood” in Progressive Covenantalism, ed. Stephen J. Wellum (B&H, 2015), "The Trinity" in Confessing the Faith, ed. R. Albert Mohler (SBTS Press, 2016), 40 Questions About Biblical Theology (with Jason DeRouchie and Andy Naselli; Kregel, 2020), is editor of Short Studies in Systematic Theology (with Graham Cole; Crossway), and has published articles and book reviews for various publications. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and currently serves as a pastor at Clifton Baptist Church in Louisville, KY.

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Reviewed in the United States on January 14, 2020
This text is the first in a series urging the reader to do theology, rather than to just study it. This book consists of a series of essays focused on various topics discussed in most theology textbooks. The book does not claim to be a comprehensive systematic theology text, but it centers more on the practical issues of theology. As the publisher writes in their introduction, “Each chapter looks at 1 of 5 crucial components for constructing good theology: revelation from God, tradition from the past, worship, wisdom, and experience of brokenness, with case studies illustrating how doctrine is developed from each of these important sources.”

I found the first chapter of interest. The author takes what might be termed a general understanding of inerrancy, in that the scriptures teach no errors. This stands in against what I might call a particular understanding of inerrancy: “the words found in the original autographs are the very words God intended.” Because we have no original autographs of scripture, it may be said that the more practical understanding of inerrancy may more closely align with the general understanding suggested by the author. This dichotomy will need to be explored further.

I see no hints as to the topics to be covered in future volumes. The final book will contain both a “General Index” and a “Scripture Index” - though these were not included in Advanced Readers Copy sent to me for review, so I cannot comment as to their completeness. The book is not designed for general reading, but as a scholarly text. As a textbook, it would be helpful for each chapter to include a series of five or six questions designed for further thought or study - either for general consideration or formal response. Certainly, a good teacher could develop these for himself or herself; but for the independent learner, these additions could be helpful.
As a matter of honesty, the author of this book, Graham A. Cole, is Dean of my alma mater - Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. However, he had no connection with the school at the time I attended or with me in the years since. This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.
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