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This new edition of Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem may be the most important resource you can own for helping you understand Scripture and grow as a Christian.

The most widely used resource of the last 25 years in its area, Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem has been thoroughly revised and expanded (all 57 chapters) for the first time while retaining the features that have made it the standard in its field: Clear explanations, an emphasis on each doctrine's scriptural basis, and practical applications to daily life.

This audiobook (Part I) includes the introduction, "The Doctrine of the Word of God" (seven chapters), "The Doctrine of God" (12 chapters), "The Doctrine of Man in the Image of God" (five chapters), and "The Doctrines of Christ and the Holy Spirit" (five chapters). Topics treated include Scripture, the attributes of God, providence, the Trinity, creation, miracles, prayer, sin, atonement, Christ's resurrection, the work of the Holy Spirit, and much more. 

Praise for the second edition:

"After a quarter century of remarkable usefulness globally...it remains remarkable. I thank God for this precious gift to Christ's people worldwide." (John Piper)

"Stands out for its clarity and accessibility." (Thomas R. Schreiner)

With new content and revisions that took several years, this new edition now includes the following distinctive features, making it even better:

  • Updated, fuller analysis of several recent controversies within evangelicalism, including the eternal relationship between the Father and the Son in the Trinity, the question of God's atemporal eternity, the role of women in the church, "seeker-sensitive" churches, miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit, and contemporary worship music
  • New, thoughtful critiques of open theism, the "new perspective on Paul", Molinism (or "middle knowledge"), "Free Grace" theology, and the preterist view of Christ's second coming
  • Completely revised, stronger chapter on the clarity of Scripture
  • Completely revised, stronger chapter on creation and evolution, including a longer critique of theistic evolution and an extensive discussion on the age of the earth
  • New discussion of how biblical inerrancy applies to some specific "problem verses" in the Gospels
  • Additional material respectfully explaining evangelical Protestant differences with Roman Catholicism (with extensive interaction with the Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church), Protestant liberalism, and Mormonism
  • Completely updated bibliographies
  • All Scripture quotations updated from RSV to ESV
  • An explanation of why monogenes in John 3:16 and elsewhere should be translated as "only begotten" rather than merely "only" (this is a change from the first edition)
  • New discussion on the impassibility of God
  • An extensive discussion on the eternal submission of the Son to the Father, taking into account controversies in recent years
  • A discussion of recent criticisms of the penal substitutionary view of the atonement
  • Numerous other updates and corrections that have be prompted by letters and emails from people around the world and by interaction with the students Wayne has taught over the last 26 years both at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and at Phoenix Seminary

Part of the brilliance of Systematic Theology over the years has been its simplicity and ease of use. Each chapter follows the same structure. First, there is discussion of the doctrine being considered, such as justification or the Trinity or the deity of Christ. An explanation of that doctrine's biblical support and possible objections follow. Personal application and key terms to know for personal growth are then provided in the accompanying PDF. The accompanying PDF also includes a Scripture memory passage, references to other literature on the topic, and suggested hymns.

If you are someone who thinks theology is hard to understand or boring, then this new edition of Systematic Theology will likely change your mind.

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

©2020 Wayne A. Grudem (P)2020 Zondervan Academic

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Brilliant narration makes text very accessible

I normally stick with the audio lectures and was somewhat apprehensive about getting this as an audiobook.
BUT:
1. Really, really great narration - clear and precise, great audio quality and easy to follow. Pace is just right. Could not be more impressed with the narrator, thank you Tom Parks!
2. The format of the book lends itself to the medium more than some others. Yes there are some lists of references but they give me time to catch up!
3. Clear and orderly chapter listing improves accessibility.
4. The 70h audiobook seems more manageable than the 1500 page ebook!
5. The pdfs that accompany both parts add value, and the audiobook purchase qualifies for the free study guide that Zondervan are giving away until the end of December 2020 (search Zondervan Academic Systematic Theology)
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  • Kevin
  • 04-03-21

love it

Im happy I made it through the first part and excited to start the second part!