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DTS Department Creates Theology Trilogy Together

Nearly a quarter (22%) of evangelicals said God the Father is more divine than Jesus, and 9 percent weren’t sure—according to a recent LifeWay Research poll.

Recognizing the need to educate Christians about their faith,  members of the Theological Studies Department at DTS are producing a trilogy of mini-theologies titled Exploring Christian Theology (ECT). Publisher Baker Bethany House is producing the series edited by DTS profs Dr. Nathan Holsteen and Dr. Michael Svigel, with significant contributions by their colleagues Drs. Douglas Blount, Scott Horrell, Lanier Burns, and Glenn Kreider. These authors started with the release of what is actually the third volume in the series, The Church, Spiritual Growth, and the End Times. Volume 1, Revelation, Scripture, and the Triune God, came out in November 2014.

The volumes present believers with introductions, overviews, and reviews of key tenets of orthodox Protestant evangelical theology.       

Some key features make this series different from most theology books. 

It’s interdenominational. 

The authors wrote Exploring Christian Theology (ECT) for a genuinely interdenominational evangelical audience. This means pastors, teachers, students, lay leaders, new believers, and mature saints of every orthodox Protestant evangelical church can use these volumes without feeling like they have to constantly counter the authors’ assertions with their own views.

It’s informal. 

The series style is popular and accessible, not academic. Think contractions, illustrations, and alliteration. Readers will find generous bullet points, charts, and graphs. 

It’s accessible. 

Readers can quickly read summaries of specific areas of doctrine. But the points are also comprehensive, thorough, well-researched and documented.

It’s created in community. 

Rather than presenting the perspectives of an individual teacher, tradition, or denomination, ECT is planned, written, and edited by theologians who are experts in their fields. They hold each other accountable to avoid personal hobbyhorses and pet peeves.

The most recent release makes clear that Christ and the Spirit are as divine as the Father; each one of the three persons of the one triune God is fully God.

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