Douglas F. Kelly's Systematic Theology

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  1. bookslover

    bookslover Puritan Board Doctor

    It was six years between the publication of Volume 1 (2008) and Volume 2 (2014). It has now been five years since Volume 2 was published.

    Will Volume 3 be coming out soon? And there's supposed to be a fourth volume after that (at 66, I should live so long!)

    I've sent an email to Christian Focus Publications to see if they have any information. Does anyone on the board know anything about how he's progressing?
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  2. TheInquirer

    TheInquirer Puritan Board Freshman

    I remember him saying it takes him longer to do these since he spends a lot of time on exegesis.

    How are the first two? I dont hear them talked about much.
  3. bookslover

    bookslover Puritan Board Doctor

    Excellent. Lots of quotations from other theologians, showing deep dives into church history. This is going to be a very thoughtfully written series. Too bad it's taking him so long - but I guess that's the price you pay for the "thoughtfully written" part.
  4. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritanboard Commissioner

    I did not like volume 1. The quotes from the Early Church Fathers were great to begin with, but by the time you got to the end of the volume if felt as if you had just read a calendar of quotations. For that reason, I did not bother reading volume 2.
  5. TheInquirer

    TheInquirer Puritan Board Freshman

    I had Dr. Kelly for three systematics classes through RTS Global. He shared lots of stories and from them it sounds like he is a busy guy that gets called on frequently to speak. I think he retired from RTS Charlotte in the last couple of years.

    He definitely has his own way about how he approaches things so it doesn't surprise me that comes out in his systematics.
  6. Romans5eight

    Romans5eight Puritan Board Freshman

    He quotes TF Torrance very heavily which I thought was unusual and I’m not sure how that has effected his theology. He was a student of Torrance I believe. Maybe someone more familiar with Torrance could say more. Kelly’s iTunes U RTS online systematic course is really good and even devotional which is why I bought and read the 2 volume ST.
  7. TheInquirer

    TheInquirer Puritan Board Freshman

    Yes, he did talk about Torrence now and then and I think assigned one of his books but he also assigned Bavinck's Doctrine of God (Hendriksen version) and Berkhof's Systematic quite a bit. I will always be grateful to him to introducing me to Bavinck and Berkhof.
  8. bookslover

    bookslover Puritan Board Doctor

    Two volumes down, two volumes to go.
  9. bookslover

    bookslover Puritan Board Doctor

    Thomas F. Torrance (1913-2007) studied under Karl Barth in the late 1930s and could, I think, be described as mildly Bartian, as he was willing to criticize his mentor on subjects on which he differed from Barth. Torrance's book The Christian Doctrine of God: One Being, Three Persons (1996) is superb.
  10. BayouHuguenot

    BayouHuguenot Puritanboard Amanuensis

    He has to quote Torrance. When it comes to Patristic theology and Athanasius, Torrance is the master.

    And to quote Robert Letham, Torrance is too powerful a thinker to be reduced to "Barthian."
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