Monday, October 29, 2012
Understanding Theology in 15 Minutes a Day by Daryl Aaron
This was very informative and easy to understand. Some of the topics include: how do we know the Bible is the Word of God and what are the implications, what characteristics of God make Him unique, the Trinity, creation, angels and demons, original sin, Jesus being God and man, salvation, the Holy Spirit, baptism, and the Rapture. The chapters are only about five pages long, so you get an overview of a topic, but don't dive too deeply into it. The author is Professor of Theology and Bible at Northwestern College in Minnesota and has a ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary and a PhD from Graduate Theological Foundation, so needless to say he knows his theology. Even though these are topics that I'm familiar with, I still learned a lot about different views and what the implications are for believing some of them.
Aaron uses a lot of Scripture references when making his points, which compels you to open your Bible and read it for yourself. Scripture verses are written out for topics where there's differing views and he explains their arguments well. If he feels that a view is clearly shown in Scripture, he points that out. For topics such as the Rapture and Tribulation, he presents the differing views and leaves it at that. He also brings in a bit of Church history with dates and names when explaining who made a view popular and when. An interesting fact is presented at the end of each chapter that relates to the topic.
I really enjoyed this book. I think it would be especially good for someone new to theology or to the Christian faith. I found the topics to be very interesting. For example, the chapter, "What does it mean to be human," talks about humans being made in God's image and different views of what that might mean. The book clarified some ideas for me so now I know a little more of why I believe the way I do and pointed out the Scriptures to back that up.
I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.