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Whenever we read, think, hear or say anything about God, we are doing theology. Yet theology isn't just a matter of what we think. It affects who we are.
In the tradition of Helmut Thielicke'sA Little Exercise for Young Theologians, Kelly Kapic offers a concise introduction to the study of theology for newcomers to the field. He highlights the value and importance of theological study and explains its unique nature as a serious discipline.
Not only concerned with content and method, Kapic explores the skills, attitudes and spiritual practices needed by those who take up the discipline. This brief, clear and lively primer draws out the relevance of theology for Christian life, worship, mission, witness and more.
"Theology is about life," writes Kapic. "It is not a conversation our souls can afford to avoid."
"To study with Kelly Kapic must be serious fun. His joy in teaching theology is infectious; at the same time he is in blood earnest in believing how essential good theology is to shape minds and transform lives for the glory of God. With delightful signposts from the great theologians of the past,A Little Book for New Theologiansguides us to a mountain of unending discovery. Here is an ideal starter kit for the beginning theology student and an affection-refresher for those who have been longer on the way."
Sinclair B. Ferguson, professor of systematic theology, Westminster Seminary, Dallas
Part I: Why Study Theology? 1. Entering the Conversation 2. To Know and Enjoy God: Becoming Wise 3. Theology as Pilgrimage
Part II: Characteristics of Faithful Theologians and Theology 4. The Inseparability of Life and Theology 5. Faithful Reason 6. Prayer and Study 7. Humility and Repentance 8. Suffering, Justice, and Knowing God 9. Tradition and Community 10. Love of Scripture