Justin Taylor mentioned two books on the importance of theology earlier today—one new and one old: The Trials of Theology: Becoming a “Proven Worker” in a Dangerous Business (Amazon), edited by Andrew Cameron and Brian Rosner, and Helmut Thielicke’s A Little Exercise for Young Theologians (Amazon). Both look good.
There’s also been a lot of buzz recently about Josh Harris’s Dug Down Deep: Unearthing What I Believe and Why It Matters (Amazon) and Mark Driscoll’s Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe (Amazon).
Finally, two forthcoming volumes caught my eye recently: Michael Horton’s The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way (Amazon), due out in October, and Fred Zaspel’s The Theology of B. B. Warfield: A Systematic Summary (Amazon), due out in September.
I’m looking forward to checking out all six of these volumes.
They all have at least one thing in common: the conviction that doctrine is very important. On that subject, here’s a quote from A. A. Hodge that I came across yesterday:
Men often mean very little when they say that the Bible, or Christ, is “divine.” As with the old Semi-Arian distinction between θεός and ὁ θεός, they will speak of the abstract “divine” yet deny the concrete God. The controversy at Nicea, on ὁμο- and ὁμοι-, meant a great deal. Gibbon sneers that “the whole world was fighting about a mere iota.” But it was worth while. It is a miserable thing when men get so broad and charitable as never to have any fighting. Rather let us have the Inquisition and a little blood-letting, than a dead apathy about religious doctrine.1 (italics mine)