Dr. Gerald Bray, our Distinguished Professor of Historical Theology and most recent addition to the Knox faculty, has published a new book, God is Love: A Biblical and Systematic Theology (Crossway Books). The book will be used in colleges and seminaries around the world as an introductory textbook in systematic theology. The book is marked by two major emphases. First, it is written in an accessible manner that avoids unnecessary jargon and communicates clearly to the novice. Second, the book is focused on showing the biblical reasoning behind every Christian doctrine; the Bible is, literally, the only text cited throughout. While the author is a world-renowned historian of doctrine and has learned much from the centuries of Christian reflection upon each of the topics surveyed here, he is intent on showing the exegetical shape of the doctrines. Dr. Bray is presently completing a companion volume, which will focus on the historical development of these biblical doctrines.
One of the book’s endorsements came from Dr. Michael Allen, our Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology, who said: “Gerald Bray delivers on his promise—he teaches Christians about the God who is love and about the love that this triune God shows to others. He keeps this promise by pointing insistently to God’s gracious speech in the Bible, and by showing consistently how it all hangs together in the story of this God and his gospel. This book is a gripping lesson from a master teacher. For introduction to biblical doctrine—its sources and its implications—Christians will find no better aid than this new treasure.”
Dr. Bray has gained a worldwide reputation as perhaps the finest evangelical historical theologian and as a renowned theologian. He has written or edited numerous other books, addressing topics including the doctrine of God and the history of biblical interpretation. As he assumes his new post at Knox, he will teach our church history courses as well as electives in the history of exegesis and doctrine.
Click here to read a chapter from God is Love.
“Gerald Bray is one of our leading evangelical scholars and teachers and he has given us here a magisterial overview of Christian belief and doctrine. A great example of theology in the service of the church.”
TIMOTHY GEORGE, Founding Dean, Beeson Divinity School; General Editor, Reformation Commentary on Scripture
“Soaked in the depth and breadth of the Christian tradition, Gerald Bray brings a rich wisdom to his exceedingly accessible systematic theology. Freshly organizing his approach around love, Bray does not fall into cheap sentimentality, but instead carefully teases out the drama and story of divine love and how it should inform our understanding of countless areas of theology and life. Students and laity in particular will find this volume immensely helpful, and I heartily recommend it to all!”
KELLY M. KAPIC, Professor of Theological Studies, Covenant College
“Here you’ll find a firm place to stand to take in the full panorama of Christian belief—centered around the wonderful and worship-inspiring truth of the love of God, and firmly anchored in the sure and certain word of God. If you’ve read Lewis’s Mere Christianity or Stott’s Basic Christianity and you long to know more, then you’re ready to move on to Gerald Bray’s God Is Love.”
STEPHEN J. NICHOLS, Research Professor of Christianity and Culture, Lancaster Bible College
“God Is Love is a warm, conversational, and contemporary systematic theology written by one of evangelicalism’s leading thinkers. But it is much more. It is biblically saturated, historically rooted theological wisdom for the people of God.”
CHRISTOPHER W. MORGAN, Dean, School of Christian Ministries, California Baptist University; editor, Suffering and the Goodness of God
God is Love: A Biblical and Systematic Theology is available on Amazon.