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Aug 4, 2014 Richard Mansfield

Six New Apologetics and Theology Titles

Years ago, I can remember my teachers quoting 2 Timothy 2:15 in the classic King James Version: “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” Their emphasis was on the word study, but they were actually misinterpreting the meaning of the word.

The New Oxford American Dictionary on my computer offers three different definitions for study. When most of us use this word today, we think of the first use listed: “devote time and attention to acquiring knowledge on (an academic subject), especially by means of books: she studied biology and botany.” Certainly, this is what my teachers meant, but this meaning is not what the word study means in 2 Timothy 2:15 as rendered by the King James Version.

spoudazo As anyone with a keyed version of the KJV in Accordance can determine, the English word study translates the Greek word σπουδάζω/spoudazo, which means “to use speed, i.e. to make an effort, be prompt or earnest:--do (give) diligence, be diligent (forward), endeavor, labour, study” (Greek Strong’s). This fits the third definition for study in The New Oxford American Dictionary: “archaic: make an effort to achieve (a result) or take into account (a person or their wishes).

And it just so happens that if you’re the kind of person who wants to “make an effort” to gain a better foundation in apologetics or theology, this week’s new titles are for you. Six new titles are now available allowing you to “study to shew thyself approved.”


Atheism Remix

 

Atheism Remix: A Christian Confronts the New Atheists
--R. Albert Mohler

Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, and Hitchens—these are the “new atheists.” Atheism has always been with us, but it has taken on a new flavor in recent years. In this volume, Al Mohler examines the thought of the new atheists and equips Christians to effectively interact with those who follow them.


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Creation & Courts

 

Creation and the Courts: Eighty Years of Conflict in the Classroom and the Courtroom
--Norman L. Geisler

Renowned apologist Norman L. Geisler traces the history of creation vs. evolution battles in the courts since the famous Scopes Trial of 1925. Examining a total of six significant trials in the last eight decades, Geisler not only makes observations about the declining state of Christian influence in education and civil discussion, he also helps the believer understand which issues are truly worth fighting for in this debate.

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Nothing But Truth

 

Nothing But the Truth: Upholding the Gospel in a Doubting Age
--
John MacArthur

1 Peter 3:15 states, “but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence” (NASB). In Nothing but the Truth, John MacArthur examines what it means to put this verse into regular practice. To equip the believer to interact with a secular culture, John MacArthur focuses on four specific elements of evangelism in today’s world: your attitude, your preparedness, the content of your answers, and your priority in witnessing.

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Sproul-Ideas

 

The Consequences of Ideas: Understand the Concepts that Shaped Our World
--R. C. Sproul

Used by many as an introductory text for philosophy courses, R. C. Sproul takes the reader on a historical journey in The Consequences of Ideas from classical Greek philosophy to the influence of Darwin and Freud in our world today. Whether we realize it or not, the ideas of Plato, Augustine, Locke, Hume, and many others still influence us in significant ways in the modern world. Sproul suggests that ideas are never neutral; but rather, they always have impact and consequences.

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Liberating Black Theology

 

Liberating Black Theology: The Bible and the Black Experience in America
--Anthony B. Bradley

Many considered Liberation Theology to be an increasingly forgotten school of thought until the teachings of President Obama’s former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, brought them back into discussion at a national level during the presidential campaign of 2008. In Liberating Black Theology, Anthony B. Bradley (professor of theology at the King’s College in New York City) addresses the often controversial and sensitive issues of the black experience in America and its continued influence from Liberation Theology. From the publisher: “...Liberating Black Theology does more than consider the ramifications of this belief system; it suggests an alternate experience that can truly liberate all Christ-followers.”

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Experiencing Trugh

 

Experiencing the Truth: Bringing the Reformation to the African American Church
--Anthony J. Carter, Ken Jones, and Michael Leach

Centered around the themes of theology, preaching, worship, spirituality, and the doctrines of grace, Anthony J. Carter, Ken Jones, and Michael Leach communicate the importance of Reformed Christianity to the African American Church. In an attempt to counter the all-too-common practice of choosing a church based on felt needs, this book is an attempt to refocus this very important choice of community and fellowship upon finding a church where biblical truth and sound Christian doctrine is proclaimed.

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May 7, 2014 David Lang

More Important to Know Theology Than the Bible?

My seminary professor had a penchant for shocking his students and challenging their assumptions with outrageous statements. One of the most shocking was this one:

"It is more important to know theology than the Bible."

Now, this was a seminary that stressed the authority of the Bible and the importance of teaching the Bible, so the idea that knowing a particular system of theology was more important than knowing one's Bible seemed absolutely blasphemous. Even more peculiar was the fact that this particular professor taught Biblical studies rather than theology, so why would he, of all people, say such a thing?

Of course, by this time we were familiar with his methods. He would say something shocking like this, let us go through a discussion fueled by outrage and protest, and then explain what he meant in a way that did not seem quite so blasphemous. In this case, he explained that it is more important to know theology than the Bible, because even if you misinterpret or misapply a particular passage of the Bible, you'll still be teaching sound Biblical doctrine.

Over the years I have thought often about my professor's dictum, and I've begun to see the importance of the point he was trying to make.

First, he was cautioning us not to be arrogant in our teaching of the Bible—not to fall into the trap of looking at a particular passage in isolation, coming up with some innovative interpretation, and then throwing out or modifying historic Christian teaching in the light of our new "Biblical" insight. He was reminding us not to despise centuries of work by careful theologians who sought to understand what the entire Bible teaches.

Second, he was reminding his class of mostly future pastors that their congregations need sound doctrine. The temptation of more academically-oriented preachers is to delve into all kinds of obscure and fascinating elements of the Biblical text. Yet their congregations are not seeking advanced degrees in Biblical studies; they're seeking to understand and apply the teaching of the Bible to their lives. My professor wasn't urging pastors to preach through a systematic theology, but to be reminded by the theologians how to communicate the great truths of the Bible.

Sproul-Theologian_120 In his new book, Everyone's a Theologian, R.C. Sproul explains that everyone engages in systematic theology—whether we realize it or not.

Many people believe that theological study holds little value. They say, “I don’t need theology; I just need to know Jesus.” Yet theology is unavoidable for every Christian. It is our attempt to understand the truth that God has revealed to us—something every Christian does. So it is not a question of whether we are going to engage in theology; it is a question of whether our theology is sound or unsound. It is important to study and learn because God has taken great pains to reveal Himself to His people. He gave us a book, one that is not meant to sit on a shelf pressing dried flowers, but to be read, searched, digested, studied, and chiefly to be understood.

Sproul goes on to present a brief overview of systematic theology from a broadly Reformed, evangelical perspective. His summary of each doctrine is quite brief, but it's enough for the busy pastor to brush up on a given theological subject. It's also a great primer for anyone who has never studied theology in a systematic way. Everyone's a Theologian is only $14.99.

While I still don't entirely agree with my professor's dictum that it is more important to know theology than the Bible, I certainly recognize the importance of studying theology. What about you? How has studying theology helped you better understand what the Bible teaches?


 

May 3, 2010 Helen Brown

Watching the News

It's been a busy weekend at Accordance, but unless you watch our news announcements carefully, you might have missed these items:

Pick A Product Coupon: 25% off any one item. The PICKAP coupon code lets our sales staff know that you want to take 25% off the highest priced item in the order. The coupon is good throughout May and can be used twice. This is your best opportunity to get that commentary set or other major item on your wish list. (Temporary sale prices and other discounts cannot be combined with this offer.)

Chafer-cover Chafer-Theology:  the entire original 8 volume set by Louis Sperry Chafer was just released for download for only $139.

Dr. Lewis S. Chafer (1871-1952) was the founding president of Dallas Theological Seminary and its first professor of Systematic Theology. When he completed his massive eight volume Systematic Theology after more than ten years of labor, he produced the first Calvinist, dispensational, pre-millennial and pre-tribulational theology. Chafer’s warm spirituality, his love of the Bible and his devotion to a simple Christian life permeate its pages. The strength of the work lies not in its interaction with scholarly sources, but in its many citations of Scripture and its organization of it into classic theological categories.

Gott-Gen Göttingen Septuagint: It's taken a little longer than we hoped, but the first volume of the series is now available for download. This is the definitive critical edition of the LXX. We plan to release further volumes until we catch up with the ongoing publication of the print edition.

Our modules of the Göttingen LXX include the fully tagged Greek text together with the complete apparatus, available nowhere else in convenient electronic form, a must for every Old Testament scholar.

Genesis is available for $100, or you can order the Pentateuch set for $400.

Please see the Latest News page for full announcements of these items and any others you may have missed.