April Book Giveaway – Systematic Theology: Biblical and Historical by Robert Duncan Culver

Our April Book Giveaway features Systematic Theology: Biblical and Historical by Robert Duncan Culver.

About the Book:
Robert Culver says this is not a book of general interest to casual readers but it is for those who read well. There is no previous knowledge of theology demanded, but a serious intention to learn is required. Students in seminary classes, Bible colleges and mission schools will find it of great value. This is a guide, which aims to meet minds where they are now and focus them on biblical and historical matters essential to the subjects covered in a uniquely attractive and readable way. Subjects included are The doctrine of God, the doctrine of man as created, the doctrine of man as fallen, Christ РHis person and work, the doctrine of salvation, the doctrine of last things.

About the Author:
Robert Duncan Culver is a retired Professor of Theology who taught at Wheaton College and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He has preached twice on most Sundays since 1937. He enjoys being a ‘hobby farmer’ of 120 acres.

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  • Salvador Gomez

    The doctrine of salvation, in particular aspects of the doctrine of justification by faith.

  • http://kevinfiske.com Kevin Fiske

    The most pressing issue is distortions to the true, biblical gospel. We must and always will need to content for faith once delivered to the saints, protecting and proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ as it has been declared and revealed in the Holy Scriptures.

  • http://Daytonhartman.com Dayton Hartman

    It us the biblical gospel as rooted in the triune nature and work of God. Too many self-professed evangelicals throw out the Trinty as essential when it is germane to the biblical gospel of grace.

  • http://www.pursuingthefruit.blogspot.com Timothy Harris

    Both Salvador and Kevin are right. The distortion of the gospel of salvation by grace alone through faith alone in the person and work of Christ alone as declared without error in the final authority of Scripture (alone) to the glory of God alone… this is the most pressing theological issue. Of course, there are a variety of ways in which this glorious gospel is distorted… most notably. the contemporary attacks on the sufficiency of Scripture, the exclusivity of Christ, and historic Trinitarianism,

  • http://gadietrich.com G. A. Dietrich

    I’m not sure if it is thee most pressing issue, however, a huge one for me relates to gender roles in the church. As church leadership is compromised so go many of the other core doctrines. That being said, it is hard to say that gender roles are more important than justification or soteriology, however, I think that if we get our gender roles wrong it could lead to an easier compromise of those other doctrines.

  • http://www.craighurst.wordpress.com Craig Hurst

    I tentatively argue that the most pressing theological issue is the doctrine of Scripture (read into this inerrancy, infallibility, etc.). When properly interpreted, do we take God at His word (Scripture) to know better than we or not?

    This seems to be the watershed issue for some many divergent views of theology these days: compare Biblical views of creation and Adam with evolution, gender roles, views of salvation, etc.

  • http://pastoralmusings.com JasonS

    I think that all of the guys above are correct, but I think that the area of Christology is fundamental to the discussion.
    The issues before us typically speak of a low Christology. The idea of an incarnational model of Scripture in which Jesus is capable of error is one of the problems. The issue of justification is another, because too few people understand the worth of Jesus and the value of His death and resurrection on our behalf.
    I believe, then, that Christology is the most pressing issue we face today.

  • http://cbcexeter.sermonaudio.com D. Scott Meadows

    The functional authority and sufficiency of Scripture will always prove foundational to the superstructure of Christian theology. We need a perennial call to the highest fidelity to the biblical standard in all matters of faith and practice. As long as we keep reforming by a Scripture standard, we will be a living church, progressively sanctified, to the glory of God and the good of the world.

  • http://keepingthemainthing.blogspot.com Chris Land

    I think one of the most important doctrine that needs to be addressed in the 21st century is the doctrine of regeneration which John Piper did start with his book, Finally Alive. I think Christians do not understand that doctrine because it is not addressed that often and many do not completely understand what it means to be born again.

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  • http://www.kevinjthompson.info Kevin Thompson

    I would Christology has got to make the top 10 list. Is Christ who He says He is. From a political perspective I see lots of people today claiming Christ as a champion of their cause or as an enemy of the cause they are fighting against. A Biblical view of Christ is on the line in our culture today. If we lose that, we lose the gospel itself.

  • Cliff VanNostrand

    The inerrancy of scripture. If scripture is fallible then how can we know what is truth. And if we question part we have to question it all. If scripture contains error, then it loses authority.

  • http://eisdoxan.wordpress.com Jason

    The issue of the scripture’s nature, or inerrancy. Both sides have drawn their lines in the sand, though I think the inerrantists’ line is dug a little deeper.

  • Dennis Yam

    I think the pressing issue at hand is still justification. There is so much misunderstanding and so many books are written to address this theological issue.

  • Vanessa

    I think a big issue that our culture has been struggling with lately is the Creation/evolution debate. We must acknowledge God as Creator. As such, He has the rightful authority in our lives and sets the standards. I think this also goes along with the doctrine of sin, that we all have missed the mark. In our postmodern world, the view is that we set our own standards and truth is relative. Not so. Thus we arrive at the issue of Jesus being the ONLY Way of salvation (John 14.6; Acts 4.12). And that it was our Creator who was willing to make such a personal sacrifice for us.

  • Carl Franzon

    It’s always difficult to pin down just one theological issue, but one of the most pressing to me is our theology of Scripture, or perhaps more accurately our hermeneutic. Perhaps that’s not strictly a category of theology; I am not talking about inerrancy, but rather how we read and interpret the Word of God. This affects many of the current issues that are being debated: gender issues, sexuality, human origins.

  • http://thebreadline.wordpress.com/ David Bissett

    Certainly one of the critical theological issues today remains the SUFFICIENCY of the Scriptures — our modern age (and much of the church today) finds it necessary to turn to “professionals” for counsel while neglecting the Bible.
    Thanks for the contest offering.
    db

  • Shawn Anderson

    What is the most critical theological issue at stake in the 21st century? Why?

    Authority of God’s Word. There is no other rule of faith and practice. To get this wrong is to put the authority of truth in the hands of a charismatic leader, a pope, or worst yet, oneself.

  • Greg Wilson

    Soteriology because if we get this wrong the others don’t matter

  • Gary Brown

    I think the prime issue is the undergirding of the Trinity as a fundamental doctrine in the next century, particularly with the rise of other ‘monistic faiths e.g Islam and sects e.g. Mormonism. we must be diligent to safeguard the trinitarian understanding of God and the gospel

  • http://reformedfisher.wordpress.com Allen Murray

    I think the question that Jesus asked Simon Peter is the same question we must ask to answer this question. “Who do you say that I am?” Christology is so important, how you view the person and work of Christ effects everything else. We can believe that the bible is infallible like modern day modalists do, but if we miss who Jesus is we’re lost. Your understanding of Christ effects your Trinitarian theology. How you view his relationship with the church fuels your polity. What shall the Savior do in the last days? Time and again we could flip through systematic theologies and we must ask ourselves who do we think Christ is. By God’s sovereign grace Christians reply that he is the Christ, the son of God, and through that grace it hasn’t been our own flesh and blood that has revealed that to us, but our Father who is in heaven.

  • Martin Pitcher

    The final authority of the Scriptures are greatly at stake in today’s cultural climate. Instead of a battle its is more of an outright ignoring of the concept that there is any final authority that an individual must answer to. Relativism is creating a dumbed-down worldview based on narcissism and the right of each individual to be an authority within themselves.

  • Daniel Skead

    The person and work of the Holy Spirit, especially his sovereignty in salvation, in mission, and in revival.

  • Jeff C

    The holiness of God is the most critical theological issue at stake in the 21st century. How you view God’s holiness will affect how you view God and all his attributes, how you relate to Him in His three Persons (theology proper), how you understand man and his condition (anthropology), the beauty and need for Christ (christology), how me must be saved (soteriology), why we need the church (ecclesiology), the nature and necessity of a hell (eschatology).

    Remedying this most critical issue entail remedying a whole host of issues, including homiletics (practical theology).

  • Constance

    Wish I were eligible to enter.
    I could use the great resources, because I need to keep pushing the rector to proclaim salvation and forgiveness – even if it’s only during Bible Study (because prior to this, it was more “what does this passage mean to you” type of endeavour).

    Sadly, there’s too much liberalism and social “gospel”, rather than proclaiming the gospel that God died for the ungodly. Last week, someone actually said they needed to hear that – wish that were the state of events EVERY week, especially from pulpit.

  • Todd Beall

    Two of the most pressing theological issues are:
    1) whether there is a literal hell (there is!)
    and
    2) our hermeneutical approach to Scripture, especially Gen 1-11 (accommodation to science or understanding Gen 1-11 as historical and accurate)

  • http://facebook.com/bob.hahr Bob Hahr

    I believe that the doctrine of sola fide is the most critical theological issue at stake in the 21st century due to the Federal Vision as well as the NPP.

  • Jay C

    What is the most critical theological issue at stake in the 21st century? Why?

    Authority. Will we keep using the Scripture as the final authority for all matters, or will we start adding to those authorities – science, society, tradition, etc.

  • http://michaelrjones.wordpress.com Michael

    I was asked this questions recently and I almost said universalism and changed it to the New Perspective. But having seen the recent surveys on universalism that indicate a large number of evangelical church members believe it (even if their pastors don’t) I think I’ll have to go with that.

    The New Perspective and its subtle (or not so subtle) changing of justification is important, but it just doesn’t seem to be affecting the average person in the pew as much as the belief that God is ultimately going to save every person through Jesus Christ. Even in the best of congregations there are people who firmly believe that view and interpret the NT in light of it.

    This means we pastors have to listen to our people more and apply the Scriptures where they need to be applied, not just apply them where we find it interesting. Instead of dismissing something because there’s no way we would believe it, we need to realize the error that is creeping in and step up to proclaim the truth no matter how difficult it is.

  • http://magherafeltrbc.org Paul Wallace

    Sufficiency of Scripture – get this wrong and all you have left is a morass of opinion, guesswork and chaos.

  • Harrison Hamada

    The major theological issue facing the body is the wave of anti-scholarship some pastors are promoting in an effort to control the spiritually immature or intellectually lazy.
    It is a daily occurrence that when someone blindly quotes their Pastor and when we show them that the verse was taken out of context of the passage, chapter, book or the Bible as a whole, we get the response “Jesus never went to a university or a seminary’. No one ever said that anyone has to attend school, but we SHOULD know how to properly divide the word and we SHOULD be Bereans.

  • Cameron Hayes

    The most critical theological issue at stake in the 21st century must be the Great Commission for it is not enough to simply lead others to raise their hand, repeat after you, and ask Jesus into their hearts. As David Platt says, you will not find these words or phrases, that are often quoted at VBS or on Sunday mornings, in the Bible. What we do find, however, is scripture verse after scripture verse commanding us to lay down our lives for Christ. If we, the Church, continue to water down the Great Commission, we will continue to believe a false gospel and millions, if not billions, of lives will be in danger of eternal damnation. We must accept Jesus’ command to “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20 [NIV]). There is an immediacy to this verse, yet we too often take it lightly and squelch opportunities to share the Gospel with others. The 21st century is closer than we have ever been to the end times before; however, instead of being more passionate about the Great Commission, we have been become even more lackadaisical. Oh, God, create within us now a passion that burns for you brighter and bolder than ever so that we may further your kingdom!