Everyone’s a Theologian: An Introduction to Systematic Theology

Author:  R. C. Sproul, Published: 6 Jun. 2019, Publisher: Ligonier Ministries

Is Theology a dying art?

As a young person in this day and age, I so often I hear the phrase “As long as you have a relationship with Jesus, nothing else matters.” Although I commend the prioritisation of a relationship with Christ, it’s disheartening to think of my generation in the church, growing up with little desire to inspect the scriptures in order to have a deeper understanding of their faith and how they practise it.

“Everyone’s a theologian” by R.C.Sproul. seeks to make Theology more accessible by both encouraging all Christians to take an interest and giving a simple introduction to big Biblical concepts.

As a novice myself I found that the book lived out its subtitle perfectly “An introduction to Systematic Theology.” The book is in eight parts. Firstly an introduction which informs the reader on some important concepts to consider before studying Theology at any level; things such as the infallibility of scripture, the purpose of Theology and the three theological disciplines: biblical, historical and systematic. This is followed by Parts two to eight, all of which were laid out in simple, easy to understand, language and format:

  • Theology proper,
  • Anthropology (The study of Human beings) and Creation,
  • Christology (The study of the nature and work of Jesus Christ),
  • Pneumatology (The study of the person and work of the Holy Spirit),
  • Soteriology (The study of the doctrine of Salvation),
  • Ecclesiology (The study of the church)
  • and finally Eschatology (The study of death, judgement, heaven and hell).

I would recommend this book to anyone who has ever wanted to study Theology, young or old, that thought they hadn’t the ability or didn’t know where to start. I’d also recommend it to anyone who thinks that Theology is unnecessary or leads to traditionalism or legalism, and hope it will give you the positive outlook and joy that studying the word of God should bring. I would even suggest that those looking to revise an old topic, begin a new one or even just get a refresher of the overall picture of the main branches of Theology pick up a copy of this informative and to the point piece of literature.

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