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Systematic Theology is the culmination and creative synthesis of John Frame’s writing on, teaching about, and studying of the Word of God. This magisterial opus at once biblical, clear, cogent, listenable, accessible, and practical summarizes the mature thought of one of the most important and original Reformed theologians of the last 100 years. It will enable you to see clearly how the Bible explains God’s great, sweeping plan for mankind. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2013 John M. Frame (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

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The incoherence of an honest man

John Frame deeply amuses me it must be said, in some ways he's the very picture of an 'ivory tower' professor enjoying the sweetness of his thoughts without any necessary relation to reason and reason's truth - the heir of the Reformation indeed.
A selection of quotes :
'God sometimes permits people to be deceived by the counterfeits.' This when said of Allah is a reason for every Christian to distrust any who profess that Prophet's religion.
'And if God is personal, and God is one, then surely in a sense he is one person.'
'When we speak of God as a person, or as personal, we are using person in a different sense from its Trinitarian use.' Precisely why the rational human, that person God addresses in Isaiah when he urges that 'we reason together' will always treat the Trinity worshipper with deep suspicion as he freely admits such will change the meaning of a word to suit their purpose rather than the truth.
'We know that the false revelation is false, just as we know that the true revelation is true—by God’s sovereign self-testimony.'
'But God made our minds to think in line with his word, not some other authority.'
Having admitted quite happily that he and his cronies will use words how they see fit he now tries to sell the snake oil that his crowd are being biblical but how can such be possible given the shifting sand of his epistemology? The God who claims that he stretched out the heavens by himself is actually not himself but a divine society ontologically.
'Throughout the hierarchy the words are God’s. Indeed,... Moses is called “God.” He functions as God because he gives God’s words to Aaron, his prophet. There is no decrease in authority between God himself, Moses (Aaron’s God), and Aaron. Moses and Aaron have the authority of God because they speak God’s words.' How the rational mind would ask is this different to Jesus' claim that his words were not his but the Father's who sent him, from his claim that God has given him as the perfect man the authority to forgive sins on earth which is then attested by the witness of God healing the man at Jesus' word. There's no difference the rational mind concludes. As Frame insists. 'So the prophet is a divinely approved substitute for the divine voice itself.'
One could go on but there's no point, if you wish to walk the reformed line and parrot fatuous arguments the book will be a great introduction, if you're hoping to hear that liberating word then maybe the search continues. Certainly to my mind any theology that is still waiting for Jesus to return is blatantly denying the scripture's own assertion as to the time of his return.

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Awesome

Really enjoy every second of a long but well laid out book simplifying the most complex truths in the universe

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  • 14-12-19

What a remarkable work!!!!!

What a remarkable work... just the labor to record its massive content is mindboggling, to say nothing of the years and year of careful thought that obviously went into its creation. As I have come to expect (and respect) from a reformed teacher, this writer’s logic is impeccable from that perspective. And I love it as such.

And so, if you are looking for a comprehensive survey of the faith... this is that. Also, I love the index of topics. You can pick and choose a subject of interest, a feature lacking in many audiobooks. Add to that the fact of a PDF book as part of the deal... and wow. To date, this is my favorite audiobook. Such an unexpected pleasure. Well done! Thank you John Frame!

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  • 24-01-20

Best systematic theology books out there.

Best systematic theology books out there. I read 60 to 70 theology books per year. I loved this book. Good for pastors or those that want to dive deeper but still was to understand.

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  • Heather Garner
  • 29-02-20

Turn your brain off if you listen.

Time to turn your brain off. There is extremely limited critical questioning, nor meaningful consideration of the plethora of counter views. This work, more often than not, is a narrow strand of reformed theological thinking / views that does little but to articulate that strand and imply your wrong of your not in alignment.
50 hrs is a lot of time & for little juice from the squeeze.

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  • John O’Brien
  • 08-02-21

My favorite ST and Guide to biblical epistemology, ethics and teleology

Magnificent and life- changing! Teaches you how to fish so you can feed yourself for a lifetime and multiply self-feeding, self-leading, self-multiplying disciples of Christ who find their place in God’s story and their role in God’s mission through Christ-exalting churches.

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  • BigPapi
  • 24-06-20

Learned so much

Great connection between biblical understanding and systematic thoelogy. Very thorough and comprehensive teaching for all levels of knowledge. Well done!

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  • Lorenzo
  • 13-12-19

The best Systematic of the Christian faith

John M. Frame explains in a way that makes Systematic Theology easy to understand. Thank you Father for Jesus

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  • GW
  • 22-03-21

so thankful

I am so thankful for this great work being available in audio. It is amazingly well done & comprehensive.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-03-21

Excellent systematic

Absolutely love this book for it's overall content and Dr Frame's ability to explain difficult concepts

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  • 09-07-20

Building A Theological View of Life

Frame's book will help you build a profound understanding of the ology and how we should live in light of it.

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