At the end of October we gave away a number of Michael Bird's new systematic theology book, Evangelical Theology. Reviews are in, and you'll find them below.
Evangelical Theology represents everything Bird himself was searching for in a theology textbook. What's unique about this systematic theology volume is that it's been crafted from the perspective of a biblical scholar with the guiding conviction that the center, boundaries, and "interpretive glue" of the evangelical faith is the evangel, the gospel—as opposed to doctrines like justification by faith or inerrancy.
Here are three videos of Bird introducing his new book; explaining why a biblical scholar like him would write a systematic theology; and what he says is the point to studying systematic theology in the first place.
Here is a round-up of the reviews from our Blog Tour to give you a taste of Bird's work. We think you'll see from their comments why Bird's book is, as Dr. Michael Williams says, "unique among the current crop of one-volume systematic theologies."
PART 1: Prolegomena
PART 2: God of the Gospel
- Jon Swanson's Review (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5)
- Charles Savelle's Review
- Kyle McDanell's Review
PART 3: Gospel of the Kingdom
PART 4: Gospel of God's Son
- There are no reviews of this section to date. However, Conrade Yap provides a good summary: "Instead of doing Christology from the basis of 'from above' or 'from below,' Bird insists on a Christology that is 'behind, below, above, and before' which is more encompassing. Jesus is not an idea or a philosophical frame of thought. Jesus is a person who lives and represents Word made flesh. Meticulously, Bird describes the birth, the life, the death, the cross, the atonement, the resurrection of Jesus, and the second coming of Christ."
PART 5: Gospel of Salvation
PART 6: Promise and Power of the Gospel
PART 7: Gospel and Humanity
PART 8: Community of the Gospelized
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