In this systematic theology, Frame has not overwhelmed us with the scholarly apparatus characteristic of so much theological literature, and as he certainly is capable of doing. Instead, he has chosen to enter into conversation with his reader, showing how he has come to understand the teaching of God’s Word. He takes us with himself into a deeper and fuller exploration of God’s creative and redemptive purpose in the world. Frame’s work will well serve the needs and interests of the informed layman and theological student as well as the more advanced scholar.
—Norman Shepherd, Former Pastor; Former Professor of Systematic Theology, Holland
John Frame has written a very big book—another one. Frame’s strengths are once again on display: vast scope, unshakable confidence in Scripture, carefulness and generosity, a deceptively casual style. What most stands out, though, is the open-mindedness of his project. Big as it is, Frame’s work raises questions even as it answers them, and as a result it opens ever-new threads in the ongoing conversation that is the Reformed tradition.
—Peter J. Leithart, President, Trinity House, Birmingham, AL
Systematic theology is notoriously challenging to read but even more challenging to write. I tell students that too many modern theologians have given us ‘cookbooks’ that feed neither the mind nor the soul. John Frame is is a great evangelical exception. He has mastered the historical method, and more importantly, his readers have come to expect that biblical theology will guide his systematic theology. As he says,’The Bible is the most important thing.’ I welcome this important volume and encourage all readers of theology, especially students, to have Frame’s valuable work at their side.
— John H. Armstrong, President, Act3 Network; Adjunct Professor, Wheaton College Graduate School
No theologian in modern times combines (1) a simple, childlike faith in the Bible, (2) a razor-sharp analytical intellect, (3) a gift for conceptual and linguistic clarity, and (4) a love for Christ’s Church and everyday Christian people more successfully than John M. Frame. All factors considered, no theologian in recent memory—not Barth, not Brunner, not Pannenberg, not Tillich, nor even the conservatives: Millerd Erickson, Carl Henry, The Hodges, Francis Pieper, Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict)–measures up to Frame. He is God’s unparalleled gift to the church and his systematic theology is a wellspring of truth in a theologically parched age.
— P. Andrew Sandlin, President, Center for Cultural Leadership; Senior Pastor, Cornerstone Bible Church, Santa Cruz (Resources On the Federal Vision)