Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Everyone's a Theologian by Dr. R. C. Sproul
What is a theologian? For some, it garners men arguing over the number of angels that can stand on the head of pin. For others, it brings memories of men using advanced phrases like: hyperstatic-union, transubstantiation, and apocalyptic literature.
In his book Everyone's a Theologian, Dr. R.C. Sproul has taken the complex study of theology and made it simple; very simple. His intent is to lay the foundation of theology, with its various sub-studies, so that the average layperson can have a working knowledge upon which to build their belief.
The book is divided into eight parts with each part discussing an aspect of theology. From theology proper all the way to eschatology, each part has been distilled so as to build upon the sections previous to it. Having studied theology myself, I found this very helpful and was able to follow without getting lost in jargon.
An addition benefit is that each section is not long which is unlike some theology books of the past. This allows for absorption of content which ideally leads to meditation on what was just read. That is one element that some theology books do not have and have left many readers frustrated and discouraged. Dr. Sproul has done well to avoid this potential problem which, as stated, is an excellent benefit.
Thus, a very well assembled primer on theology has been produced and would do well to be on the bookshelves of many laymen. The simplistic undertaking has produced powerful results; results which many should procure to themselves.