336 pages (January 1996)
|Created for Community:
Connecting Christian Belief With Christian Living
By Stanley J. Grenz
"Contrary to what certain Christians suggest, there are no 'simple
believers' who remain 'untainted' by theology. . . . Each of us
is a theologian, just as God intended. Consequently, the question
is not 'will we be theologians?' but 'will we be good theologians?'"
So writes Stan Grenz in this introductory systematic theology text.
With a passion for communicating to today's postmodern generation,
Grenz uses the resources of the biblical message, the heritage of
the church, and the thought forms of our culture as tools to construct
a helpful theology that is biblical, historical, and contemporary.
With the goal of offering a systematic statement of the faith in
a manner that can speak to contemporary culture, he centers his
reflections around the concept of community. This focus encapsulates
the biblical message, stands at the heart of the church's theological
heritage, and speaks to the needs of people in the world today.
Created for Community retains student interest with helpful visuals,
cartoon illustrations, sidebar commentaries, and review statements
at the end of each chapter.
"As a professor of theology in a Christian university college
I am always looking for texts particularly suited to the non-specialist,
undergraduate student . . . that communicate in clear, ordinary
language but do not compromise on scholarly substance. . . . I am
delighted to find in Created for Community a textbook in systematic
theology which meets these criteria. . . . I predict it is destined
for a long career in colleges and universities."
--Douglas Harink, The King's University College
"I would heartily recommend Created for Community as easily one
of the clearest and best introductions to evangelical thought that
has appeared. I intend to recommend it to my students as an excellent
and exciting introduction to what Christians believe."
--Alan F. Johnson, Wheaton College
"The strength of Created for Community . . . is that it clearly
articulates who God is as Father, Son, and Spirit and connects this
with what God is doing in the world. . . . This is exactly what
will bring theology into the lives of readers."
--Kenneth L. Draper, Canadian Bible College