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Charles C. Ryrie, Dispensationalism

Moody Publishers, 2007.

Summary: An update of the earlier “Dispensationalism Today,” it has been expanded and in many ways improved. (I don’t have a copy of the earlier work and must rely on my memory.)

The author argues that Dispensationalism springs from a normal or literal hermeneutic. “The nonliteralist is the nonpremillennialist, the less specific and less consistent literalists are covenant premillennialist and the progressive dispensationalist, and the consistent literalist is a dispensationaslist” (102). He then attempts to defend normative or historical Dispensationalism, against progressive dispensationalists, non-premillennialists, and covenant premillennialists.

The marks of a Dispensationalist are then teaching a separation between Israel and the Church and literalism.

Benefits/Detriments: The spirit of the work is generally irenic. There seems to be a lack recognition of the role of presuppositions in Dispensationalistional hermeneutics. I was amused to discover that the only systemic theology of my childhood home (besides the Scofield and Ryrie study Bibles) was by an “ultradispensationalist,” Charles F. Baker.


Pierre Duhem, To Save the Phenomena: An Essay on the Idea of Physical Theory from Plato to Galileo

Thursday, 03 April 2014

The University of Chicago Press, 1969, 117 pgs.

Summary: Pierre Duhem (1861-1916) was a French physicist and developer of the history of the philosophy of science. He was also a strong Roman Catholic an...

Frederick Copleston, Medieval Philosophy: From Augustine to Duns Scotus in A History of Philosophy, vol. 2

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Image Books, 1993, 614 pgs.

Summary: Frederick Copleston (1907-1994) was a Jesuit historian and philosopher appalled by the lack of philosophical knowledge of Roman Catholic seminarians and textbooks, a...



Tuesday, 08 July 2014
  • Bonaventure,  Commentary on Ecclesiastes (Works, vol. 7) -- A solid biblical exegesis of Ecclesiastes. He does use the Apocrypha, but his biblical theology is sufficient to overcome such deficiencies.  ...

Second Corinthians

Wednesday, 04 June 2014
  • Paul Barnett, The Second Epistle to the Corinthians (NICNT) -- Somewhat moderate evangelical. Helpful insights into the Greek and cultural context.
  • John Calvin, Second Corinthians -- Solid. Does a great jo...

John Owen, Spiritual Mindedness

Friday, 15 February 2013

Synopsis: A careful analysis of how to think in a godly way.

Expected Benefit: to become more spiritually minded.

Thoughts of sin, of sinful objects, may arise in our minds from the remainders of corrupti...

Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Synopsis: One of the most important systematic theologies ever written.

Expected Benefit: To better understand Thomas’ contributions to theology and philosophy, to better understand Roman Catholic theolo...