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Inter-Varsity Press Who Needs Theology? An Invitation to the Study of God

To many Christians, theology is something alien, overly intellectual and wholly unappealing. Even seminary students are known to balk at the prospect of a course on theology. Yet theology---most simply, the knowledge of God---is essential to the life and health of the church.

In this short introduction, Stanley Grenz and Roger Olson, two theologians who care deeply about the witness of ordinary Christians and the ministry of the church, show what theology is, what tools theology uses, why every believer (advanced degrees or not) is a theologian and how the theological enterprise can be productive and satisfying. Their clear, easily understood book is ideal for students, church study groups, and individual Christians who want to strengthen understanding, belief, and commitment by coming to know God more fully.

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Date:March 4, 2013
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Pastor Paul
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"Who Needs Theology?" is an excellent introduction to an important and often misunderstood aspect of the Christian faith. Touching on Jesus' command to "Love the Lord your God with... all your mind..." Grenz and Olson demonstrate that the discipline of theology is designed to do just that.
The book is written at a high school/ undergraduate level and can be easily understood with a minimum of new vocabulary.
The only drawback to the work is that the authors begin nearly every chapter by recounting a "Peanuts" comic strip- I wish the publishing house had acquired the rights to reprint the strips.
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Date:August 12, 2009
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Ricardo Rocha
If you are starting your theology endeavor this is a great book for you. Grenz and Olson start from the scratch opening our eyes to the truth that everyone is a theologian, the matter is what kind of theologian are we and what kind of theology do we make? They also explore the theologys task, tradition and tools to build a contextualized bridge to our context.
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Date:July 8, 2009
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Stephen Zuber
This book is very sound, readable, and affordable. It's a great introduction into how to think theologically. It doesn't get into specific Christian doctrines.
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Date:February 8, 2008
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Michael Garrison
This text links concentric circles of Biblical premise, historical-heritage element, and cultural consideration to help the reader form a practical view of study that presents the Christian message. Clearly written with well-chosen examples, this text is approachable to the seeker and reminds the more advanced Theological student of the study's intended simplicity.
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Date:February 20, 2001
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Steve Taylor
A rich commonsense look at something we all do; think and talk about God. The mystery of theology is stripped away; theology is "Faith Seeking Understanding." From the newest believer to the greatest theologian can learn from the simple book.
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