A Major Publishing Event

There are not many one-volume systematic theologies out there. Berkhof comes to mind for most. However, this volume will not only be a challenger to the position Berkhof has enjoyed, but may actually surpass it. This ST seeks to cull the best insights from biblical theology in its pages, as well as other disciplines.



  1. November 19, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    995 pages is the “concise” version? Oy. Hey! I thought Reymond’s ST was to be the one to surpass Berkhof! Oh, well…

  2. ReformedSinner said,

    November 19, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    I must admit I bought this book with some suspicion. But after reading through 100+ pages I think it’s worth every penny.

  3. John Bugay said,

    November 20, 2008 at 8:34 am

    Speaking of Reymond, how would you compare this new volume to Reymond’s? What could these authors say that Reymond hasn’t already discussed? Or, what could they say better or more effectively?

  4. Steven Carr said,

    November 20, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    Questtion: Does the lack of Prolegommena detract from the value of this book? The authors purposely left out a prolegommena saying Calvin had no prolegommena.

    I have heard from the grapevine that there is another Systematic Theology coming out. Douglas Kelly, from what I’ve heard, is soon to publish one.

  5. Steven Carr said,

    November 20, 2008 at 6:24 pm

    One thing we need to make clear to all you Dutch people. Calvin was French not Dutch. The reason I’m saying this is because the advertisement seems to think otherwise; I quote verbatim, “built on the Dutch Reformed tradition of Calvin and Bavinck.” Note: it is Calvin (originally Cauvin); not Calvijn. :)

  6. tim prussic said,

    November 20, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    What are you talking about?! Everything good is Dutch. Everything perfect is from Friesland (humanly speaking… but barely)!

  7. Steven Carr said,

    November 20, 2008 at 6:56 pm


    In the words of Mike Meyer”s, “If it’s not Scottish, it’s CRAP!”

  8. ReformedSinner said,

    November 20, 2008 at 8:01 pm


    That was a jest post right? I could be gullible at times but I really wish you’re not serious.

  9. Steven Carr said,

    November 20, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    Oh, but I am serious…the Dutch have a way of claiming everything for themselves. Here in Grand Rapids, for example, the Dutch refer to the Blue 1912 Psalter as the Dutch Psalter, when in fact there is nothing Dutch about it. It was a product of the Presbyterians.

    (Yes, #8, as a matter of fact I am in jest. I usually take ten to fifteen minutes out of my day just to poke fun at Dutch people.)

  10. E.C. Hock said,

    November 21, 2008 at 4:59 am

    What’s the ole’ saying? “If you’re not Dutch, you’re not much.” Calvin was just promoted.

  11. Durell Flood said,

    November 21, 2008 at 8:49 am


  12. Reed Here said,

    November 21, 2008 at 8:58 am

    Yeah Steven!! ;-)

  13. ReformedSinner said,

    November 21, 2008 at 10:08 am

    Well, since we’re in a happy mood, Dr. Davis once shared a story in class. During one faculty meeting Dr. Davis made the comments that Dutch language is really German with a different twisting of tongue. The next thing he knows he’s been tongue-lashed by Dr. Van Til for 30 minutes on the differences between Dutch and German….

  14. Brad Lenzner said,

    November 21, 2008 at 10:14 am

    I thought that the reference to Calvin in the description was a bit odd as well.

    But after thinking about it further…Calvin has had a tremendous influence on the Continental Reformed folks.

    I think its a good thing that this book is tracing its roots back to Calvin and linking him to the Dutch tradition. (I am not assuming that any of you reading this think to the contrary…sometimes letting Captain Obvious make a cameo appearance is a good thing)

    Does not American Presbyterianism do a similar thing by claiming (French) Calvin as its theological and ecclesiastical ancestor?

    Anyway, after those thoughts, the Dutch-Calvin over-realization statement in the description didn’t really trip me up that much. I just rolled my eyes a little and was thankful that Calvin is cherished.

  15. Steven Carr said,

    November 21, 2008 at 11:52 am

    Now that we are past the Dutch comment, can we get back to my question. For those who have read the book, I was wondering if the lack of Prolegomena (thanks Durell) detracts from it?

  16. greenbaggins said,

    November 21, 2008 at 11:57 am

    My opinion is: not necessarily. An ST cannot do it all, not even if it is as monstrously huge as Bernhardus De Moor’s seven volume mammoth commentary on Marck. Wes White has volume 3 of that work, and it is huge. It is a question of what you keep in and what you leave out. Now, to balance that statement, I have to say also that prolegomena is falling on hard times because of the fragmentation of theology. It needs to be in more volumes. So, my conclusion is that we should write more about prolegomena. But that should take away from what is actually in the volume.

  17. ReformedSinner said,

    November 21, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    I always thought the demise of prolegomena is the word itself. It scares many average person away. Maybe if we come up with a more user friendly word it will see a revival.

  18. ReformedSinner said,

    November 21, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    Tracing Dutch Tradition back to Calvin is not only odd, but necessary. Even in America we call our tradition “Calvinistic”, and last I check there aren’t too many Frenchmen in OPC or PCA today. It’s an honor for Calvin to be recognize as the source spring for the entire Reformed Theological tradition, although I’m sure not many people will agree with this statement. While there are definitely expansions and elaborations in the Reformed Tradition beyond Calvin, but he definitely set the motion going and provide the soil for such possibilities.

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