Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Review: A Down and Dirty Guide to Theology by Donald K. McKim

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press (July 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0664234054
  • ISBN-13: 978-0664234058



"Whoever said studying theology is boring was simply wrong! This book by the 'American Theological Educator' helps the beginning theology student, whether in college or seminary, to be introduced to the wealth of necessary materials in a most witty and, dare I say, humorous way! Yet, this is a very 'serious' and highly useful primer. I will make sure my beginning students get a copy of this delightful work." Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, Professor of Systematic Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary and Docent of Ecumenics, University of Helsinki.

Product Description


This brief, humorous introduction to theology by noted educator and author Don McKim will provide seminarians, college students, and general readers with a fun way to learn the basics. The book covers the key movements, thinkers, definitions, and questions of theology in a lighthearted way. Includes illustrations by Ron Hill.

About the Author


Donald K. McKim is Executive Editor at Westminster John Knox Press and editor for These Days. He has taught theology at Memphis Theological Seminary, the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, and other institutions. He is the author of More Presbyterian Questions, More Presbyterian Answers and many other books.

My Review

This book is an excellent introduction to theology.  Donald McKim points out that Christian theologians have three important focuses or goals for theological study:  worship, doctrine and life.  This is theology for students of theology as well as for Christians who want a deeper understanding.  He also states that theology is the joyful science.  And it is joyful because it is the study of God. The book provides a very simple guide to the basic types of Christian churches that is helpful.  There is a brief write up on each of history's great theologians.  Both historical theology and current theology are discussed.  There is also a list of resources for theological study near the end of the book.

A Down and Dirty Guide to Theology was released yesterday, July 11, 2011.  It is a straight forward guide to understand theology and is very easy to read and understand.

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