Quick Thoughts on Retrieving Doctrine – Oliver D. Crisp

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I’ve picked this week to read two very engaging, very heady books. One of those is by Oliver Crisp. These are just quick thoughts which keep rambling through my mind as I read the book.

Personally, I think that Crisp is angered at the lack of doctrine, foundation, or intelligent conversation when it comes to theology. No, he doesn’t say it like that, but his writing actually requires one to read what is being written, and not just skim to either the last sentence in the paragraph or the end of the chapter. Fewer books today required a dedicated reader. I get from his writing a slow, deliberate concern for the children of the Reformation who may be inclined to rest on the laurels of others. He is pushing his readers to do what fewer require today – to think.

The book is compiled of essays, so one doesn’t have to read it straight through. I’ve started with the section of Barth and his denial of universalism, of sorts. So far, Crisp is using Barth against Barth. And logic. And philosophic theology. Crisp is not one to just list random verses for either his or our amusement, as if to testify to his knowledge of the bible. Instead, he is wrestling with doctrine and the great thinkers of the past. Edwards, Barth and others to name just a few.

Tough… man, just tough. For those of you who like read doctrine – not doctrine created and understood by piecing together various verses – then you’ll like this book, and of course, you’ll need to buy it.

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One Reply to “Quick Thoughts on Retrieving Doctrine – Oliver D. Crisp”

  1. You would probably like Hans Boersma’s new book “Heavenly Participation’. I’ve just finished it and it certainly got me thinking.

    [Needless to say, I have no connection to this book, other than having read it!]

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