In Exploring Christian Theology: The Church, Spiritual Growth, and The End Times, Drs. Nathan D. Holsteen and Michael J. Svigel have written a basic primer of three significant doctrines of the Christian faith. The book begins with a brief overview of the biblical story from Genesis to Revelation before dealing with the definition and function of the church from a biblical and historical perspective. The book continues by describing the believer’s sanctification and concludes with various views of the end times.
Theology is a topic of interest to me, and I found this volume very helpful with definitions and distinctions. I also enjoyed the history of certain denominations and how they came to hold the positions they do. The authors present the information in a clear and concise way. There are also helpful illustrations, graphs, and charts to clarify their points.
I particularly appreciate the discussion of divine sovereignty and human responsibility in respect to the believer’s sanctification. It is a balanced approach. Typically, theologians favor one aspect over the other but, to their credit, the authors diminish neither. It is a refreshing approach and one that continues throughout the book. Holsteen and Svigel treat each doctrinal difference with respect, and always refer back to Scripture.
I would have appreciated less application and more of the historical background but, all in all, the authors should be applauded for making doctrine understandable. Due to its basic, biblical, balanced, and respectful approach, I give Exploring Christian Theology: The Church, Spiritual Growth and End Times five stars.
I received a free copy from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.