Systematic Theology: In One Volume

Norm’s popular “in one volume” edition of his Systematic Theology should become available for sale in a hardback printed edition in Q1 of 2022. Please contact us here if you’d like to be added to the list of people to be notified once it becomes available.

Update – March 23rd, 2022

We’re happy to announce that the first lot of 300 Systematic Theology books has shipped!  Amazon just received 168 copies today and is processing them now. If you’re in the USA, you can now order a copy from https://www.amazon.com/dp/1737654601 now.

We think they’re going to sell out quicky!

If you’re interested in making an in-bulk pre-order at a significant discount, please contact us here to let us know soon. If the first set of 300 sells quickly and we’re assured of additional demand, we’ll order 500 more for the second print run.

Contents

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Overview

With a brilliant mind and a Christ-intoxicated heart, Norm Geisler devoted his life to understanding the God who revealed himself indirectly in the natural order (Rom. 1:19-20; Ps. 19:1-6; Acts 14:17), powerfully in human history (Ex. 6:7, Josh. 4:23-24, Acts 17:26; Gal. 4:4), propositionally in the God-breathed Scriptures (Lk. 24:27), personally through the incarnated Word (Jn. 1:1-12; Col. 1:15; Hb. 1:1-3), and spiritually through his Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 2:10-16). This book is arguably the greatest fruit of his seven-decade long quest to know God and make him known. It is his magnum opus and his λογικὴν λατρείαν. This is a matured work of a veteran theologian. Its contents were refined for over sixty years (1959-2019) in the classroom crucibles of some of the finest evangelical seminaries and colleges in the United States. Adding to its uniqueness and value is the fact that it was written at the pinnacle of his long career as a defender of the faith who powerfully “destroy[ed] arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God” (2 Cor. 10:3-5). Some of that power is stored in this book. This material also flowed from the shepherd’s heart; Norm sincerely wrote and worked to help present the church to its redeemer as a bride both “pure in devotion” and “undeceived in thought” (2 Cor. 11:1-3). We at Bastion Books are very pleased to bring it back into print.

This 1,664-page systematic theology is divided into nine parts: a unique introduction that explains the preconditions of theology, a rigorous bibliology, theology proper, creation, humanity and sin, salvation, ecclesiology, eschatology, and various appendices. At the risk of oversimplification, the perspective from which the book is written is generally Thomistic, mild-Augustinian, mild-Calvinist, baptistic, premillennial, dispensational, and non-denominational. Norm was transparent about the fact that his theology being influenced significantly by Thomas Aquinas, Augustine of Hippo, John Calvin, Francis Turretin, Charles Hodge, C.S. Lewis, Erich Sauer, and countless others. Standing on the shoulder of giants allowed him to see much further, he insisted. But he also disagreed with them all at various points and proceed to construct his own unique system of theology that was remarkably—but not radically—original. So, while in one sense he was a scholar who interacted with thousands of books, in another sense, he was ultimately a man of one book—the Bible.  He insisted, “Only one book, the Bible, I read to believe. All other books I only consider.”



History & Disambiguation

Between 2002 and 2005, Norm published a four-volume set of systematic theology books through Bethany House / Baker Books. In 2011, Bethany/Baker produced a slightly abridged amalgamation of the four-volume set into a new one-volume, 1,664-page edition. While many continued to prefer the larger four-volume set, the one-volume edition quickly proved to be more popular. Both the one-volume and four-volume editions went out of print in 2019 and the rights to both were returned to the Geisler estate. Other than a few minor typos being fixed, the contents of this 2021 one-volume edition are the same as the original one-volume edition by Bethany House in 2011. No new content was added. The one-volume edition is a slightly abridged amalgamation