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Concise Theology: A Guide to Historic Christian Beliefs

J I Packer
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Concise Theology: A Guide to Historic Christian Beliefs

J I Packer

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This evangelical "layman's language" introduction to 94 major Christian beliefs is thoughtfully arranged and refreshingly readable. J.I.Packer, noted theologian and author of Knowing God, offers concise studies, each just a couple of pages long and focusing on a unique facet of our great God and his wonderful plan for us. The brevity of the studies means you can find the answers you need quickly, with the potential for deeper study provided by the wealth of Scripture references on every page. You can go as deep as you want at the pace you want. There are additional short studies on what Packer calls the "permanent essentials of Christianity." The essentials are expressed so that you can both understand and appreciate the greatness of God. So jump right in. Discover for yourself why Christian theology is not just a system of beliefs, but a way of life. 288 pages, from Tyndale.

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This evangelical "layman's language" introduction to 94 major Christian beliefs is thoughtfully arranged and refreshingly readable. J.I.Packer, noted theologian and author of Knowing God, offers concise studies, each just a couple of pages long and focusing on a unique facet of our great God and his wonderful plan for us. The brevity of the studies means you can find the answers you need quickly, with the potential for deeper study provided by the wealth of Scripture references on every page. You can go as deep as you want at the pace you want. There are additional short studies on what Packer calls the "permanent essentials of Christianity." The essentials are expressed so that you can both understand and appreciate the greatness of God. So jump right in. Discover for yourself why Christian theology is not just a system of beliefs, but a way of life. 288 pages, from Tyndale.
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Theology matters At last it can be understood easily, thanks to this "layman's language" approach to biblical belief. Authored by J. I. Packer, one of the premier theologians of Christianity, this summary of Christian teaching covers nearly 100 major Christian beliefs from a Reformed perspective. Brief, easy-to-understand chapters offer precise descriptions without sacrificing depth. Thoughtfully arranged and refreshingly readable, this is a book that belongs on the shelf of every Christian.
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Finally, there's a book that explains the essentials of theology in a style and length that busy readers can appreciate J. I. Packer, noted theologian and author of Knowing God, offers 94 concise studies. Each focus on a unique facet of our great God and his wonderful plan for us.Where does the Bible say that?Each study is just a couple of pages long. That means you can find the answers you need quickly. But don't be fooled, there are plenty of Scripture references on every page. You can go as deep as you want at the pace you want. Short studies on the essentials.In these chapters, you'll find what Packer calls the "permanent essentials of Christianity." The essentials are expressed so that you can both understand and appreciate the greatness of God.So jump right in. Discover for yourself why Christian theology is not just a system of beliefs, but a way of life.
- Publisher

Meet the Author

J I Packer

James Innell Packer was born in Gloucester, UK, in 1926, the son of a clerk for the Great Western Railway. Packer won a scholarship to Oxford University, where he obtained a BA (1948), MA (1954), and PhD (1954). It was at Oxford that Packer attended lectures by C.S. Lewis, whose teachings would become a major influence in his life. In a meeting of the Oxford Inter-Collegiate Christian Union, Packer committed his life to Christian service.

After briefly teaching Greek at Oak Hill College in London, Packer entered Wycliffe Hall to study theology and was ordained in the Anglican Church, becoming a presbyter in 1953. From the 1950s through the 1970s, Packer held several academic positions at Tyndale Hall, Bristol and Oxford. During this time, he became recognized as a leader in the evangelical movement in the Church of England. In 1978, he signed the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy, which affirmed the conservative position on inerrancy, although he is not a literalist with regard to the creation narratives of Genesis. On the matter of ministry roles in the church, Packer is a complementarian. His theology is Reformed, though he is open to ecumenical rapprochement with Anglo-Catholics, which has drawn sharp criticism from some quarters. He famously parted ways with Martyn Lloyd-Jones over this issue in the late 1960s.

In 1979, Packer moved to Vancouver, BC, Canada, to take up a position with Regent College, where he would become Professor of Theology, a position he retains beyond the age of 90, even though his vision is now seriously impaired. Since 2009, Packer has been theologian emeritus of the Anglican Church in North America.

During a ministry career spanning over six decades, and through his prolific written output, Packer has distinguished himself as one of the leading theologians and church historians of our time. His book Knowing God (1973) has become a modern classic, and he has done much to stimulate wider interest in the great works of Puritan spirituality - a great passion of his. He has been a frequent contributor to and an executive editor of Christianity Today. Packer served as general editor for the English Standard Version of the Bible (2001), an evangelical revision of the Revised Standard Version of 1971. His other books include, A Quest for Godliness, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God, Growing in Christ, and Rediscovering Holiness.

Packer and his wife Kit have three adopted children. Packer rises early at four in the morning, and until he lost his eyesight wrote by means of his old manual typewriter. He loves seriously hot and spicy food, and his favourite book of the Bible is Ecclesiastes.

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A Concise and Helpful Introduction to Christian Theology
4 stars By Dr. Bernard Low, Feb 12 2018
Any book written by J. I. Packer is always worth owning and reading. His "Concise Theology" is no exception and ought to be in the library of every Christian who is serious about knowing what the Bible teaches on various doctrines. In four sections, "God Revealed as Creator," "God Revealed as Redeemer," "God Revealed as Lord of Grace," and "God Revealed as Lord of Destiny," Packer very ably and concisely teaches and explains 94 topics spanning the various loci of Systematic Theology, from Bibliology through Theology Proper, Anthropology, Christology, Soteriology, Ecclesiology to Eschatology. Not only will "lay" Christians benefit from this helpful concise guide, even pastors will find this to be a helpful tool when they teach theology to their parishioners. 
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Accessible Theology
5 stars By Benjamin, Mar 21 2013
Concise Theology by J.I. Packer is as it claims to be; concise in that he does not waste time in getting to the point, and also that he covers most of the topics found in more exhaustive systematic theologies. It is useful for teachers and students alike. In my studies I like to use it in conjunction with more in depth systematic theologies, as it provides an excellent topic summary as well as a thought provoking advanced organiser. It is neither overly opinionated and bashful, nor light and people pleasing. Packers' well roundedness is rare in today's vast array of theologians and is an essential resource for mere mortals like myself. 

It achieves what it sets out to do, which is provide the everyday Christian with foundational, accessible theology.
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Excellent Resource
5 stars By Dan, Feb 21 2013
This is an excellent book for anyone wanting to begin investigating church doctrine.  Each topic is covered in only 2-3 pages for quick reference, yet it's amazing how much detail is covered in that space, and there are numerous scripture references provided for further study.  This is a book you can keep coming back to for years to refresh your understanding in any area of Christian doctrine.

For someone new to Christianity, reading this book with a more mature Christian would be a great way to learn about what Christians believe. Highly recommended
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5 stars By Peter, Jul 23 2010
This book is very helpful for getting your head around all the tricky doctrine stuff in around 2 easy read pages each with plenty of Bible references for you to get started digging deeper.
So cheep, well worth having!
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  • Catalogue Code 160123
  • Product Code 0842339604
  • EAN 9780842339605
  • UPC 031809039601
  • Pages 288
  • Department Academic
  • Category Christian Basics
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Tyndale House
  • Publication Date Feb 2001
  • Sales Rank #3080
  • Dimensions 198 x 132 x 17 mm
  • Weight 0.249kg
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