Pocket Dictionary of the Reformed Tradition (IVP Pocket Reference)

Pocket Dictionary of the Reformed Tradition (IVP Pocket Reference)
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Kapic, Kelly M; Vander Lugt, Wesley


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Publisher's Description

Beginning to study Reformed theology is like stepping into a family conversation that has been going on for five hundred years. How do you find your bearings and figure out how to take part in this conversation without embarrassing yourself?

The Pocket Dictionary of the Reformed Tradition takes on this rich, boisterous and varied tradition in its broad contours, filling you in on its common affirmations as well as its family tensions. Here you will find succinct and reliable entries on

  • Latin terms, such as ad fontes and sola fide
  • Theologians, from Calvin to Torrance
  • Confessions, such as the Belgic and Westminster
  • Doctrines, such as atonement and sanctification
  • Apologists, such as Francis Schaeffer and Cornelius Van Til

And much more.

The Pocket Dictionary of the Reformed Tradition is ready to assist you over the rough parts of readings, lectures, conversations and blogs. It will also be a companionable and concise introduction to one of the great Christian traditions.

About the Authors

Kelly M. Kapic is professor of theological studies at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. He earned a PhD in systematic and historical theology at King's College, University of London (United Kingdom) and an MDiv at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida.

He is the author or editor of eight books, including God So Loved He Gave, Communion with God, and Mapping Modern Theology. Additionally, he has published articles in various journals, such as the International Journal of Systematic Theology, Westminster Theological Journal, Conversations in Religion and Theology, and Evangelical Quarterly.

Wesley Vander Lugt (PhD, St. Andrews University) is lead pastor of Warehouse 242 in Charlotte, North Carolina. He earned an MDiv from Covenant Theological Seminary, a BA in history from Covenant College, and has been actively involved in Christian ministry for eight years in Scotland, Mexico and the United States.

About the Series

The IVP Pocket Reference Series was designed for students, pastors and other busy people who want an aid to formal or informal study. Informative, clear, brief and affordable, the books included in this series will become your constant companion as you tackle the study of biblical languages, church history, apologetics, contemporary religions, ethics, theology and more.

Book Details

140 Pages
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: May 2013
ISBN 10: 0830827080
ISBN 13: 9780830827084

“Kapic and Vander Lugt are to be commended for this fantastic resource to advance the learning of individuals and the awareness of the entire Reformed church regarding its foundations. The concise entries provide laypeople, as well as advanced scholars, with quick reference and remarkable insight regarding key aspects of our history and thought that easily escape memory or get lost in general impression.”
- Bryan Chapell, President Emeritus, Covenant Theological Seminary

“Only well-informed teachers can summarize large topics in a way that is both accurate and accessible. That is precisely what the authors of this pocket dictionary have achieved.”
- Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology & Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California

“For students of theology who have no home in a confessional tradition, this book will prove a valuable resource. Like the best travel guides, it orients newcomers to a strange new land (e.g., Calvinism, covenant theology), its leading lights (e.g., William Ames, Herman Bavinck, Karl Barth), their beliefs (e.g., common grace, infralapsarianism, sola scriptura) and customs (e.g., mortification, paedobaptism, worship), thereby enabling readers to understand and speak the language of its Reformed inhabitants. It may even prompt strangers to the tradition to become sojourners. And even when it does not, readers will find the book's value to be disproportionate to its small size.”
- Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School