here to find a brief but detailed audio book review of Michael Bird's, Evangelical Theology: A Biblical and Systematic Introduction. This looks to be a insightful volume for those who wish to study systematics. Check out author interviews at the publishers site here.
Product description from the publisher
Biblical scholar Michael F. Bird contends that the center, unity, and
boundary of the evangelical faith is the evangel, that is, the gospel,
as opposed to a particular doctrine like justification by faith or
inerrancy. The evangel is the unifying thread in evangelical theology
and the theological hermeneutic through which the various loci of
theology need to be understood.
Using the gospel as the
foundation, this text presents an authentically evangelical theology, as
opposed to an ordinary systematic theology written by an evangelical
theologian. The gospel holds together doctrine, experience, mission, and
practice. Some systematic theologies lean so heavily toward a
discussion of historical theologians that the Bible is barely mentioned
while others so ignore the historical development of the Christian faith
that the theology is only a collection of proof texts. Bird attempts to
bridge the gap and avoid each extreme as he pulls together the
canonical and the creedal.
According to the author, theology is
the act of making the gospel shape one's thinking, praying, teaching,
and every other aspect of life. Evangelical Theology features
tables, sidebars, and questions for discussion. The end of every part
includes a "What to Take Home" section that gives students a run-down on
what they need to know. And since reading theology can often be dry and
cerebral, the author applies his unique sense of humor in occasional
"Comic Belief" sections so that students may enjoy their learning
experience through some theological humor added for good measure.