A Collection of 14 Books on How to be Dogmatic?!?

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No, Berkouwer’s Studies in Dogmatics is not actually about how to be dogmatic (that is, how to present your opinions as unchallengeable or the final word). In the field of theology, dogmatic refers to a study of doctrine. Studies in Dogmatics is a 14 volume work on some of the most important doctrine in church history.

Walter Elwell, Professor Emeritus of Bible and Theology at Wheaton College, had this to say about Berkouwer’s Studies in Dogmatics: “[It is] perhaps the most monumental evangelical theological project of [the last] century. Written in almost conversational style, these volumes deal with topics of theological concern, such as divine election, faith and sanctification, Holy Scripture, and the church, rather than presenting a tightly argued system of thought. . . . Perhaps the outstanding Reformed theologian of this generation, Berkouwer never wavered from his commitment to the principles of Scripture, faith, and grace alone” (Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, pg. 151).

Want to see what you can do with Studies in Dogmatics in Logos Bible Software? Check out my video below.

Interested in a concise book on Reformed doctrine? Pick up Summary of Christian Doctrine by Louis Berkhof for $18. (Both Berkouwer and Louis Berkhof were influenced by Abraham Kuyper and Herman Bavinck.)

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5 Responses to “A Collection of 14 Books on How to be Dogmatic?!?”

  1. Douglas October 15, 2010 at 3:35 am #

    Thanks! Very helpful video to add collections to the passage guide. I’ll be building that same collection and others to mine. Have a great day!

  2. Irving Salzman October 15, 2010 at 7:42 am #

    Great video. Your explanations are very clear. There are a lot of people doing Logos videos; not all of them are as clear as you are. Good job.
    By way of question: I would assume that these directions could followed with other systematic theology tomes as well (Grudem, Geisler, Ericksson, etc.). Would this be correct? Is there any reason why the other systematic theologies above wouldn’t be every bit as helpful as “Studies in Dogmatics?” Thanks for any clarification.

  3. Jayson Bradley October 15, 2010 at 5:21 pm #

    Thanks! Yes, you can do the same thing with other systematic theologies (I just tried with the authors you mentioned). They also have headings (same as the print version). I think you’d find these helpful, too.
    Johnny Cisneros

  4. Jayson Bradley October 15, 2010 at 5:22 pm #

    Great! I’m glad it was a help.
    Johnny Cisneros

  5. Irving Salzman October 16, 2010 at 4:45 am #

    Thanks Johnny.