168pp. (October 1996)
|Who Needs Theology?: An
Invitation to the Study of God
By Stanley J. Grenz & Roger E. Olson
To many Christians today theology means something alien, overly
intellectual and unappealing. Even seminarians are known to balk
at it. Yet theology - most simply, the knowledge of God - is essential
to the life and health of the church. In Who Needs Theology? two
theologians who care profoundly about the witness of ordinary Christians
show what theology is, how every believer (earned degrees or not)
is a theologian, what tools theology uses, and how lay - as well
as professional - theologians can do better theology. This clear,
eminently accessible book is ideal for students, church study groups
and individual laypersons who want to enrich their discipleship
through the riches of theology.
"Grenz and Olson gently and persuasively disarm the suspicions
that many sincere believers bring to the study of theology. They
show that theology, rightly practiced, is indispensable to Christian
living. At the same time they equip believers to begin the journey
of living 'theologically.'"
--Jonathan Wilson,, Westmont College
"I found this book extremely helpful and encouraging--a corrective
to much confusing 'folk theology' as well as a stimulus to do serious,
reflective thinking about God and his world. . . . A book for pastors
and thoughtful laymen, who are encouraged to become maturing Christian
--Roger Frederickson, former president of the American Baptist
"Who Needs Theology? is a cri de coeur from two of North America's
leading theological writers. Wide-ranging, impassioned and eminently
readable, this book should be required reading for every student
entering theological study at whatever level.
But it is also a book to put into the hands of every responsible
pastor or layperson who seriously aspires to embrace the biblical
mandate to 'love the Lord our God with all of our mind.'
In its own terms this is a prophetic writing whose holistic vision
of heart, mind and will united in the service of God points a way
back for evangelical Christianity from the cultural margins toward
the high ground of cultural leadership and renewal."
--Bruce Milne, senior minister of First Baptist Church, Vancouver,