Systematic Theology

Systematic Theology

Systematic Theology

Systematic Theology


In this concise, one-volume systematic theology, celebrated scholar Anthony Thiselton comprehensively covers the spectrum of Christian doctrine with an eye to practical application for Christian discipleship.

Written with students and busy ministers in mind, this book is readable and accessible, comprising fifteen chapters of relatively equal length, with each chapter containing five evenly balanced subsections for teaching and learning convenience.

Rather than setting out an abstract system, Thiselton explores theology as a living, organic whole. The book thus includes biblical foundations, historical thought, contemporary writers, and practical implications. Expertly incorporating biblical exegesis, philosophy, conceptual grammar, and hermeneutics, this work is the most succinct multidisciplinary systematic theology available.


I am grateful for the invitation from the publishers to write a systematic theology that would be “affordable” for students and ministers, as well as others, and would easily fit into a single volume. Financial resources especially for students and ministers are seldom plentiful, and there is a firm limit to what we can reasonably ask of them.

In addition to this, the best systematic theology to date is probably that of Wolfhart Pannenberg, but it is a three- volume work, and often requires rigorous, demanding, and detailed reading. John Webster’s projected systematic theology is said to extend over five volumes; Sarah Coakley’s projected work is said to extend to three or four volumes; and Robert Jenson’s work extends to two volumes. At the opposite end of the spectrum, several one- volume works, useful as they are, have now become a little dated, and are in places too brief or overselective to comprehensively cover the subject.

The compromise for me has been the requirement to write in less detail than I should have chosen. This is why I have had to call the chapter on Christology, for example, “A Concise Christology,” and several other chapters have been shortened to make room for necessary philosophical, exegetical, and linguistic concerns. Nevertheless, others have encouraged me to include several issues that might normally be included in a philosophy of religion, and to integrate these concerns fully with Christian theology. I have attempted to do this unreservedly and gladly.

I began university teaching fifty years ago, and this work has grown out of many years of teaching systematic theology (alongside New Testament, hermeneutics, and formerly philosophy of religion), and also from conversations and discussions with university colleagues and seminary and university . . .

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