Reformed Dogmatics Suggestions?

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Nick Steffen | Forum Activity | Posted: Thu, Sep 19 2013 11:55 AM

Though I posted this on the Facebook group, perhaps I will get more suggestions if I post it in this group.

Would anyone here have any resource recommendations for a user hoping to enter into a more sustained study of Reformed dogmatics? I am considering Bavinck's four volume set, though Richard Muller's work on the Reformed scholastics looked very interesting (I most appreciate that it emphasizes both elements of continuity and discontinuity, though I don't know anything about the group or time period upon which he focuses...would it even be helpful for a person who's not specifically interested in that one population). Any suggestions?

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Mark Barnes | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Sep 20 2013 2:21 AM

It depends on whether you're looking for study Reformed dogmatics from the perspective of systematic theology (Bavinck) or historical theology (Muller).

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Nick Steffen | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Sep 20 2013 7:26 AM

Mark, thanks for your reply! I suppose historical theology would probably be more interesting to me at the moment. To put it differently, I would rather get a sense of the tradition as a whole, including various disagreements that develop and how they are resolved, if possible rather than one snapshot. 

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Mark Barnes | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Sep 20 2013 10:54 AM

Nick Steffen:
I suppose historical theology would probably be more interesting to me at the moment.

Then go for Muller! There are several other historical theologies available in Logos, but Muller's is the only one that deals specifically with the history of Reformed Theology. The others that I know of are listed in this reading list: http://topics.logos.com/Historical_Theology

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Nick Steffen | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Sep 20 2013 11:03 AM

Thanks, Mark! I hadn't been aware of that topics page before. In the back of my mind, I keep hoping Jaroslav Pelikan's work will be forthcoming. But in the meantime, I've been impressed with Hart's dictionary. It was far more detailed than I had expected. Sounds like Muller's work is a bit closer to what I'm looking for.

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Gabe Martini (Faithlife) | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Sep 20 2013 11:08 AM

Muller would get my vote as the most important and overall scholarly work of Reformed theology.

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Fall-Guy | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Sep 20 2013 12:34 PM

Authentic Christianity : An Exposition of the theology and the Ethics of the Westminster Larger Catechism  by Joseph Morecraft III

This is not available in Logos yet. I wish it were. It is also a snapshot of sorts because it focuses on the theology of the Westminster Larger Catechism. It is probably not what you are looking for but I thought I might mention it. 

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Nick Steffen | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Sep 20 2013 1:00 PM

Thanks, Gabe! Looks like Muller is the preferred choice here. :)

Fall-Guy, thanks for the recommendation. I'm looking for any and all suggestions. 

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