Everyone has thoughts about God. But how do we know if our thoughts are true?
If we want to know the truth about God, we need a sound approach to incorporating what the whole Bible teaches. In this concise introduction to systematic theology, theologian Graham A. Cole explores how we move from Scripture to doctrine in order to shape what we believe, what we value, and how we live. He shows us the importance of having the right method: rooted in the word of God, consistent with church history, in the context of a broken world, dependent on divine wisdom, and ultimately aiming at pure worship.
“We are all theologians, and we all practice theology, good or bad. Ministers and lay people need to learn how to do theology, to think theologically, to increase our theological awareness and theological ability, and to think God’s thoughts after him. We need to do this not only to understand our past but also to work through new issues of today and tomorrow. Graham Cole writes with his usual clarity and has provided a resource that is short, deep, vivid, and thoughtful! He shows us a method of doing faithful theology. This method requires honoring and using the Bible and the insights of the past, as well as clarity of thought, an understanding of sin and frustration, humility, patience, faith, prayer, and worship. We see these features reflected in this book.”
-- Peter Adam, Vicar Emeritus, St. Jude’s Carlton; Former Principal, Ridley College, Melbourne
“Faithful Theology seeks to help new theologians get started on a sound basis. Graham Cole sets forth a theological method that is meant to be good theology—a method that, first and foremost, is itself true to the Bible and, second, shows how theologians throughout history have best used the Bible to edify the church. I am impressed with the conciseness of Faithful Theology. Cole has done an excellent job summarizing the basics in this short volume.”
--- John M. Frame, Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy Emeritus, Reformed Theological Seminary
Table of Contents
Series Preface Introduction
The Word of Revelation
The Witness of Christian Thought and Practice: Past and Present
The World of Human Brokenness
The Work of Wisdom
The Way of Worship: Putting It All Together in Thought and Life
Conclusion Further Reading General Index Scripture Index