This revised edition of a classic college-level introduction to theology presents the core doctrines of the Christian faith, encouraging readers to connect belief with everyday life. Stanley Grenz, one of the leading evangelical scholars of his era, and Jay Smith, an expert on Grenz’s theological legacy, construct a helpful theology that is biblical, historical, and contemporary.
The third edition includes a foreword by John Franke, a new preface and afterword, resources for further study, and updated footnotes.
Praise for the Previous Edition
“I am always looking for texts particularly suited to the nonspecialist, undergraduate student that communicate in clear, ordinary language but do not compromise on scholarly substance. I am delighted to find in Created for Community a textbook in systematic theology that meets these criteria.” – Douglas Harink, The King’s University
“Stanley Grenz restores the balance between thought and action, individual and community, head and heart, reason and experience in this splendid and readable work.” – Robert E. Webber, author of Ancient-Future Faith
“Stanley Grenz has written a fresh, creative work that makes deep theological reflection accessible to everybody. In a tradition too often tinged with anti-intellectualism, it offers the opportunity to help us worship God with our whole mind.” – John Ortberg, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church
“I would heartily recommend Created for Community as easily one of the clearest and best introductions to evangelical thought that has appeared. I intend to recommend it to my students as an excellent and exciting introduction to what Christians believe.” – Alan F. Johnson, Wheaton College
Stanley J. Grenz (1950-2005) was the Pioneer McDonald Professor of Theology and Ethics at Carey Theological College. He earned the Doctor of Theology degree at the University of Munich. A leading voice on the North American theological scene, he wrote or cowrote over twenty-five books, including Theology for the Community of God, A Primer on Postmodernism, and Revisioning Evangelical Theology.
Jay T. Smith (PhD, Trinity College, Bristol) is president and Bridger Professor of Theology and Ethics at Yellowstone Theological Institute. Grenz was Smith’s thesis supervisor at Regent College, and Smith wrote his PhD thesis on Grenz.
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