Geeking out a bit. . .
Found Louis Berkhof’s SysTheo online. . . free!
It’s not an exaggeration to say this book changed my life. . . not just my walk with the Lord, but perhaps even more profoundly, my parenting.
Seriously. . . but we’ll have to delve into that in a later post.
Years ago (years and years ago. . .), it was only available online via Amazon — pre-Kindle, I don’t know what was the format — and it was expensive. I was sad about that. I had a used copy, well-worn and adored, with a lovely lilac and lavender cover. It was as if Eerdmans Publishing hired a cover designer to make sure it made the Theology for Girls booklist.
It seems the publishers has not given limited permission to publish it online in its entirety. I’m providing two links, as they are in two different formats, and one may be easier than the other for you to use.
Berkhof’s Systematic Theology, Monergism.com
Berkhof’s Systematic Theology, BiblicalTraining.org
Now, I have some friends who have asked me. . . just where do you start reading in a SysTheo? And, if I’m not interested in seminary, why even bother?
The first time I really read theology it was in a book talking about the attributes of God. In that moment, I felt my heart singing with the angels in heaven, worshiping God. Seriously. It was as if what was going into my brain was expanding my heart and my spirit was responding with joy.
Based on that, with Berkhof or any other theological tome, go ahead and skip to the sections that talk about Who God is and how He reveals Himself to us. . .
Reflect on those attributes. . .
You’ll feel your heart sing.