Evangelical Theology: A Biblical and Systematic Introduction by Michael F. BirdEvangelical Theology: A Biblical and Systematic Introduction by Michael F. Bird

Evangelical Theology: A Biblical and Systematic Introduction

byMichael F. Bird

Hardcover | October 30, 2013

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Evangelical Theology is a systematic theology written from the perspective of a biblical scholar. Michael F. Bird contends that the center, unity, and boundary of the evangelical faith is the evangel (= gospel), as opposed to things like justification by faith or inerrancy. The evangel is the unifying thread in evangelical theology and the theological hermeneutic through which the various loci of theology need to be understood.


Using the gospel as a theological leitmotif-an approach to Christian doctrine that begins with the gospel and sees each loci through the lens of the gospel-this text presents an authentically evangelical theology, as opposed to an ordinary systematic theology written by an evangelical theologian.


According to the author, theology is the drama of gospelizing-performing and living out the gospel in the theatre of Christian life. The text features tables, sidebars, and questions for discussion. The end of every part includes a "What to Take Home" section that gives students a run-down on what they need to know. And since reading theology can often be dry and cerebral, the author applies his unique sense of humor in occasional "Comic Belief" sections so that students may enjoy their learning experience through some theological humor added for good measure.

Michael F. Bird (PhD, University of Queensland) is lecturer in theology at Ridley Melbourne College of Mission and Ministry in Melbourne, Australia. He is the author of Jesus and the Origins of the Gentile Mission; The Saving Righteousness of God: Studies on Paul, Justification, and the New Perspective; Evangelical Theology; Bourgeois ...
Title:Evangelical Theology: A Biblical and Systematic IntroductionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:912 pages, 9.38 × 7.63 × 1.75 inPublished:October 30, 2013Publisher:ZondervanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0310494419

ISBN - 13:9780310494416


Editorial Reviews

Taking its bearings in the gospel story of Jesus, Michael Bird's Evangelical Theology is unique among the current crop of one-volume systematic theologies. Bringing the sensibilities of an exegete and biblical theologian to the task of systematics, Bird pursues a drama of redemption approach: doing theology through telling the story. While championing the expositional realities of the biblical text, Bird also keeps a keen eye toward the creedal inheritance of the church and the contributions of the theological tradition. Broadly Reformed and self-consciously evangelical, Bird's accessible and conversational style will be sure to win him a wide reading among students, pastors and teachers. -- Michael D. Williams, Professor of Systematic Theology, Covenant Theological Seminary