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‘A Handbook of Theology’ Available on April 1

Posted on: March 31, 2023
By Billy Cannada,

Tigerville, SC (March 31, 2023) Featuring essays from dozens of evangelical leaders, “A Handbook of Theology” will be released on April 1. The handbook will serve as a reference work for pastors, students, and those in ministry.

“We invited almost 50 contributors to participate in this project. Some of them are younger scholars and others are leading scholars in their respective fields. Each entry offers a summary of the topic along with recommended readings for further study,” said North Greenville University Provost Dr. Nathan A. Finn, who serves as one of the book’s three editors, alongside Dr. Daniel L. Akin, and Dr. David S. Dockery.

“Our goal was not to go as deep as we could on any topic, but to provide a helpful entryway into each topic,” he said.

The book is divided into six parts: Theological Foundations; Types of Theology; Theology, History, and Geography, Christian Doctrines; Theology and the Christian Life; and Theology and Culture. The entries cover a wide range of topics, such as: God’s existence, systematic theology, global theology, the Trinity, spiritual formation and discipleship, and racial reconciliation.

“Because God is the ultimate Object of study in theology, learning theology should help us to love Him more, love the church more, and love the spiritually lost more,” Finn said. “It is especially true that Christian leaders should have a firm foundation in sound doctrine so that they can both be mature in their faith and help others to love and follow the Lord.”

In addition to his role as an editor, Finn contributed an entry on Sanctification. NGU’s Dr. Matthew Wireman, Associate Dean for the School of Ministry, wrote on the topic of Glorification.

“There are entries on the various categories of theology, the classical doctrines, and the intersection of theology with other topics,” Finn said. “We believe this is the most extensive theological handbook of its kind written from an evangelical perspective.”

Finn emphasized that the study of theology should not merely be academic in nature.

“I tell both students and church groups that while theology is certainly an academic discipline, it is not intended primarily for the academy,” Finn said. “Theology is ultimately thinking rightly about God and His world for the sake of living rightly before God in His world.”

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