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Author: Ronald Hanko
ISBN: 091620684X
Language: English
Pages: 352 pages
Category: Humanities
Publisher: Reformed Free Publishing Association; Second Printing edition (December 1, 2012)
Rating: 4.9
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In a book of about 350 pages, Rev. Ron Hanko has managed to combine doctrine with devotion. To many this would seem to be an almost impossible task.

Excerpts from Ronald Hanko's book, "Doctrine According to Godliness", a primer of Reformed . To their busy pastor? To a lengthy book on dogmatics?

Doctrine According to Godliness consists of over 235 short, easy-to-read . I read the book Doctrine According to Godliness by Ronald Hanko in the last few weeks, and found it really interesting and useful.

With the publication of Doctrine according to Godliness, the average reader, late teens through senior citizens, members in the pew or officebearers, will have exactly the tool they need to get informed quickly.

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Ronald Hanko has written: 'Doctrine according to godliness' - subject(s): Doctrinal Theology, Doctrines, Popular works, Reformed Church.

Doctrine according to Godliness is perfect for older youths or adults who .

When the older youth or adults in a church have questions on Reformed theology, where do they go? To their busy pastor? To a lengthy book on dogmatics? Often searches for answers become to daunting to pursue. But not any more. With the publication of Doctrine according to Godliness, the average reader, late teens through senior citizens, members in the pew or officebearers, will have exactly the tool they need to get informed quickly.

The author has prepared short, easy-to-read explanations of more than 235 topics of Reformed theology. The sections are, amazingly, both comprehensive yet succinct, each only a page or two long. An index to the subject titles will allow the reader to find a title under any of its key words. The book makes an especially good resource for older young people in doctrine classes, for newcomers to the Reformed faith on domestic or foreign mission fields, and for those studying doctrine with a view toward church membership.

One would expect a book of this kind to be quite dry and tedious to read, but Doctrine according to Godliness is warm, personal, and has a definite devotional feel to it. "Fantastic!" said an elder who used it in manuscript form as enrichment for an "Essentials of Doctrine" class he taught for the youth at his church.

Here is a book to buy, keep, and use for a lifetime. Even those who are sure they know their doctrines from A-Z may be surprised at all the new insights they are sure to gain from it.

Comments (2)
Lestony
This is the best book that I have found in my extensive reading to give to someone who wants to learn the Reformed faith. Over the past few years, I think I have bought and given away nearly a dozen of these. In simply, 1-page chapters, the author covers the whole of systematic theology in a brief but comprehensive manner. Nearly all issues of importance are addressed and the Reformed and Protestant Reformed position convincingly argued from Scripture.

My wife and I read one chapter (1 page) a day as devotions for a time, which was an excellent project considering we had only just become Protestant Reformed theologically.

The only topic which I consider "missing" is one on psalm singing, which is a topic of great interest to those investigating the Reformed faith and practice.

It also serves well as a quick reference tool.
Fountain_tenderness
In a book of about 350 pages, Rev. Ron Hanko has managed to combine doctrine with devotion. To many this would seem to be an almost impossible task. Doctrine is dry and boring is the cry from many. Devotion is all about experience is the opinion of others. The result is that in many religious bookstores there are frothy and light books for experiential Christians and heavier dogmatic books for more intellectual church members. This book meets the formidable challenge of explaining doctrine, which to many is ivory-tower theology, with warmth and passion.

Rev. Hanko is convinced that we cannot know God unless we know doctrine. This reviewer agrees wholeheartedly. Too many in the church are like the Athenians, who worship an unknown God (Acts 17:23) and have a zeal "but not according to knowledge" (Rom. 10:2). Jesus Christ said that eternal life is "to know [thee] the only true God and Jesus Christ whom [he hath] sent" (John 17:2). The lament of the prophet is surely true today: "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge" (Hos. 4:6) because "there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land" (Hos 4:1).

Rev. Hanko devotes about 1 ½ short pages to each doctrine, making it truly bite-sized theology. The reader is taken through over 200 chapters, and the whole spectrum of divinity is introduced, from the doctrine of Scripture, the attributes, names and works of God, the doctrine of man (his creation, fall and redemption), the work of Christ, the covenant and salvation, the church and the sacraments and the return of Christ and the last things. Every doctrine is clearly explained and demonstrated from Scripture. This book would be an excellent resource for pastors, elders, Sunday school teachers or the ordinary believer who wants to know God more. Its style makes it accessible to all.

Throughout the book, Rev. Hanko demonstrates his pastoral care. He is not merely seeking to impart knowledge, but the doctrinal explanations are replete with exhortations to believe. There is an urgency and sincerity on every page that this great God is to be worshipped, believed in and trusted in. Almost every chapter ends with such an exhortation. Some examples stand out for me. The chapter entitled "Knowing God" ends thus, "Do you know God in that true sense of the word? Do you show every day anew that he is you greatest delight and treasure? Do you love him and his glory with all your heart and strength? Do you enjoy him and obey him?" (p. 28). After explaining Christ's role as the believer's High Priest , Rev. Hanko writes (p. 148), "All those who believe in Christ have such a High Priest - one who offers a perfect sacrifice, makes perfect intercession, and is able to obtain for them the blessings of God. Trust no other priest but him!"