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Faithful Theology: An Introduction (Cole)

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Everyone has thoughts about God. But how do we know if our thoughts are true? 

If we want to know the truth about God, we need a sound approach to incorporating what the whole Bible teaches. In this concise introduction to systematic theology, theologian Graham A. Cole explores how we move from Scripture to doctrine in order to shape what we believe, what we value, and how we live. He shows us the importance of having the right method: rooted in the word of God, consistent with church history, in the context of a broken world, dependent on divine wisdom, and ultimately aiming at pure worship.


Table of Contents: 

  1. The Word of Revelation 
  2. The Witness of Christian Thought and Practice: Past and Present
  3. The World of Human Brokenness 
  4. The Work of Wisdom 
  5. The Way of Worship: Putting It All Together in Thought and Life 



Graham A. Cole (ThD, Australian College of Theology) is the dean and professor of biblical and systematic theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. An ordained Anglican minister, he has served in two parishes and was formerly the principal of Ridley College. Graham lives in Libertyville, Illinois, with his wife, Jules. He is a member at Church of the Redeemer in Highwood, Illinois.



Faithful Theology seeks to help new theologians get started on a sound basis. Graham Cole sets forth a theological method that is meant to be good theology—a method that, first and foremost, is itself true to the Bible and, second, shows how theologians throughout history have best used the Bible to edify the church. I am impressed with the conciseness of Faithful Theology. Cole has done an excellent job summarizing the basics in this short volume.” - John M. FrameProfessor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy Emeritus, Reformed Theological Seminary

“Graham Cole has enviable gifts of clarity and wisdom, combined with an ability to identify significant themes in theology. Faithful Theology is as fresh, bright, and crisp as a sun-drenched spring morning. It is as helpful for connecting the dots in Christian discipleship in the church as it is for pastoral formation in the seminary context. It is profound in its simplicity.” - C. Ben MitchellGraves Professor of Moral Philosophy, Union University

“We are all theologians, and we all practice theology, good or bad. Ministers and lay people need to learn how to do theology, to think theologically, to increase our theological awareness and theological ability, and to think God’s thoughts after him. We need to do this not only to understand our past but also to work through new issues of today and tomorrow. Graham Cole writes with his usual clarity and has provided a resource that is short, deep, vivid, and thoughtful! He shows us a method of doing faithful theology. This method requires honoring and using the Bible and the insights of the past, as well as clarity of thought, an understanding of sin and frustration, humility, patience, faith, prayer, and worship. We see these features reflected in this book.” - Peter AdamVicar Emeritus, St. Jude’s Carlton; Former Principal, Ridley College, Melbourne

“This helpful primer provides the common sense, plain speech, biblical perspective, and evangelical commitment we’ve come to expect from Graham Cole.” - Daniel J. TreierGunther H. Knoedler Professor of Theology, Wheaton College; author, Introducing Evangelical Theology

“Drawing from his years of teaching, Graham A. Cole guides the reader like a pastoral sage. Faithful Theology offers much insightful discussion about how to wed the demand for contextual affirmation and a commitment to scriptural authority. Cole is to be thanked for illustrating how we need to do theology as pilgrims heading home.” - Andrew J. SchmutzerProfessor of Bible, Moody Bible Institute; author, Between Pain and Grace: A Biblical Theology of Suffering