I’m of the opinion that everyone can be a theologian.
If you think about theology and form opinions about theology, then you are doing theology. Theologians do theology. A theologian is not just the person in the pulpit preaching on a Sunday morning or the person in the university lecturing on the history of the Middle East. If you’re doing theology, you are a theologian.
I love to read books about theology, especially those that are accessible to everyone (not just the clergy). Not the ones with just a fluffy message but the ones that tackle a subject while providing Scripture to back up the author’s opinions. (One book that I’ve enjoyed that fits both of those bills – but that I still haven’t finished yet due to its complexity – is Randy Alcorn’s If God is Good.)
So it was with that in mind that I was quite excited to be offered a free copy of Dispensationalism and the History of Redemption. It sounded really interesting. Dispensationalism and the History of Redemption contains several different essays from 10 different men.
Not much into my reading, it was clear that I was over my head. While I was able to understand some of what I was reading, much of it left me feeling like I had just walked into a classroom having missed part of the lecture already. I was lost and needed a guide. This is not the kind of book you can read if you’ve never heard of dispensationalism before. You need to have some prior knowledge, or you’re going to be confused. I have no doubt that seminary students or those in the clergy will probably enjoy this book – there’s a lot packed into it – but for the person who has never even heard the term before, this is probably not the right book.
FTC Disclosure: This book was provided to me for free as part of the Moody Publishers Blogger Review Program. I was not required to provide a positive review.