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This site is devoted to theological and philosophical investigations of the spiritual meanings of life, current events, music, spiritual growth, nature, and learning to be attuned to listening to the 'language of God.' The name of this blog comes from one of Jonathan Edwards's journals which he called 'Shadows of Divine Things,' and later renamed 'Images of Divine Things.' As a Christian I am continously on a spiritual journey to grow more into the image of Christ, to understand what it means to be crucified with Christ. To seek the truths of the Christian Faith is of upmost importance, and to know that any truths that are found outside of Christianity are present there because they ultimately point to God. I have an M.A. in theology and apologetics and I completed one year of graduate studies in Philosophy at Marquette University.

Friday, December 08, 2006

A Book Recommendation


I have read both volumes of Robert Jenson’s “Systematic Theology” and many of his articles, and I can safely say that Jenson is quite difficult. In fact, I had to read, re-read, and then read again several chapters of Jenson’s Systematic Theology in order to get a solid grasp of what he was communicating. However, this work brings Jenson down to the lay level and covers issues that are basic yet imperative that all Christians understand.

This book is good, not only because it is Jenson, but because Solveig (Jenson’s granddaughter) asks all the right questions. Moreover, Solveig is a brilliant child in that the questions she asks go right to the heart of the matter. The work is quite basic, but very important in terms of its content. The book covers issues such as Evil, God’s Motives, Providence, The Messiah, Communion Practices, the Resurrection, The Lord’s Prayer, Lent, the Christian Calendar, Advent, Santa Claus, The Nicene Creed, Prayer, and much, much more.

It took me all of 30 to 40 minutes to read the whole text. It is engaging, fun, serious, and just plain educational on many levels. This was a brilliant idea. Moreover, we get a glimpse into the mind of one of the greatest theologians of the 20th century and how he would answer questions that at one time or another, we all as Christians have asked. I highly recommend this book!

2 Comments:

Blogger Chris Tilling said...

Now you and Ben have recommended this.

On the wish list!

5:50 AM, December 10, 2006  
Blogger T.B. Vick said...

Chris,

I bought the book based on Ben's recommendation and enjoyed it so much I couldn't help but recommend it as well.

9:23 AM, December 10, 2006  

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