Dispensationalism Dispensationalism continues to provoke heated debate within the Christian world Highly acclaimed theologian Dr Charles C Ryrie addresses this crucial issue from the perspective of classic dispensation

  • Title: Dispensationalism
  • Author: Charles C. Ryrie
  • ISBN: 9780802421890
  • Page: 335
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dispensationalism continues to provoke heated debate within the Christian world.Highly acclaimed theologian Dr Charles C Ryrie addresses this crucial issue from the perspective of classic dispensationalism He confronts the views of covenant theology, historical premillennialism, ultradispensationalism, and in this revised edition, the increasingly popular progressive diDispensationalism continues to provoke heated debate within the Christian world.Highly acclaimed theologian Dr Charles C Ryrie addresses this crucial issue from the perspective of classic dispensationalism He confronts the views of covenant theology, historical premillennialism, ultradispensationalism, and in this revised edition, the increasingly popular progressive dispensationalism.In his best selling book, Dispensationalism Today, written than 50 years ago, Dr Ryrie made this complex subject understandable for thousands worldwide This revised and expanded version of that book will prove to be an invaluable reference tool for your library.
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    • Matt Handzlik says:

      I am not giving this 2 stars because of the theology presented. While he was fleshing out dispensationalism, he often had a defensive tone which made me question more frequently rather than if it was a simple presentation. At times Ryrie stooped to say, " If the covenant theologian can say _________ about dispensationalism, then we can say _________ about covenant theology."

    • Doc says:

      Clearly defines dispensationalism. Addresses and debunks the false accusations against dispensationalism. Shows that dispensationalists use the word dispensation the way the NT does. Interestingly, he shows that (1) Dispensationalism has its origins centuries before Darby, and (2) Cocceius's seminal work on Covenant Theology (1648) was published only 39 years before the Poiret's systematic work on dispensationalism (1687).

    • Dr Author Wright, PhD, MinD, ThD, DD says:

      Dispensationalism by Charles C. Ryrie is a very powerful and treasured study on the heated debate of dispensation. Mr. Ryrie, a highly acclaimed theologian, takes a bold and methodical approach in addressing this central debate. With his unique ability to unravel complicated biblical concepts, he presents all of the biblical teachings on dispensation in an uncomplicated manner. Written in a mostly non-technical, conversational style, his address toward the crucial issue of dispensation appeared [...]

    • Mike E. says:

      The book is clear and informative (for the interested reader). The book was worth reading for this one sentence. Regardless of your theological camp it's hard to disagree with this:"The basis of salvation in every age is the death of Christ; the requirement for salvation in every age is faith; the object of faith in every age is God; the content of faith changes in the various dispensations." [115]Since the fall of Adam, this sentence is a great summary, whether you are a covenantalist, dispensa [...]

    • Clark Goble says:

      Charles C. Ryrie’s purpose for writing “Dispensationalism” is clearly articulated early in the book when he explains his attempt to “present classic dispensational teaching in a positive way in order to correct misunderstandings and allay suspicions about it” (Ryrie - Kindle). In addition, Ryrie writes that he “wanted to show that earlier dispensationalists were more balanced in their statements than usually represented by those who quote them selectively (Ryrie - Kindle). Ryrie reit [...]

    • Ben Adkison says:

      Why this book?I don't consider myself a dispensationalist. I'm not sure what I consider myself, but not a dispensationalist. For one thing, I think dispensational premillennialism is a little silly. It complicates the Bible's teaching on the end times in an attempt to be clear. Certain interpretations of Old and New Testament texts seem farfetched. And I don't think a "literal first" approach to hermeneutics is always the best way to interpret the Bible.So why did I read this book? One might ass [...]

    • Bret James Stewart says:

      The late Charles C. Ryrie is probably best known for the Ryrie Study Bible, a fine work. This book is great, too, for what it is, which is a more narrowly focused book about, oddly enough, Dispensationalism. The book is well made. The cover is sufficient if not inspired. The inside is laid out in an easy to read manner with heading and subheadings to help the reader remain on task. The book includes a scripture and subject index, which I think is a necessity for such tomes.The book is an overall [...]

    • Carlyn Cole says:

      Good stuff!

    • vittore paleni says:

      I picked up this book expecting an exposition, what I received was an apologetic (for revised dispensationalism). I did not get what I was looking for. Let me preface my comments about this book by a caveat: I am not commenting on the theory which the author seeks to describe, but rather on his way going about it. The author, in seeking to systematize and set forth a set of doctrines or a system or a hermeneutic, too often gets lost in polemics/apologetics for the system itself; he does so to su [...]

    • Bryant Rudisill says:

      For a supposed apologetical work for dispensationalism I was highly disappointed. When it comes to the book, Ryrie spends far too much time whining about how dispensationalism has been oppressed and misrepresented. He even adopts the child-like attitude of "if Covenant theologians can say such and such, then we can say this about them." Sadly I'm not exaggerating. He does explain his dispensationalist views well and found it appropriate to explain ultradispensation, progressive dispensation and [...]

    • John Weathersby says:

      Dr Ryrie's book Dispensationalism is truly a great book. Whether you claim Dispensationalism or Covenental Theology this book presents the Dispensational view(s) very well. Moreover, as well as one with an opposing view can, attempts to fairly represent the ideas and thoughts driving Covenental Theology. Dr. Ryrie has worked diligently to tackle this hotly debated topic in an abbreviated single volume using both a logical and scriptural backing. I particularly enjoyed Dr. Ryrie's attempt at pres [...]

    • Laura Carter says:

      Another satisfying Lady Emily mystery by Tasha Alexander. This was one of the better ones so far in the series. The mystery was believable, the characters interesting, and the plot changed enough to keep it interesting but not too much to make it confusing. I also appreciated that Emily did brood/whine constantly about her treatment by Colin. She was accepting that she could not be involved in everything, and did not go against his wishes when he put restrictions on her. I also appreciated that [...]

    • Daniel Thomas says:

      Overall, the tone of the book is very defensive, and understandably so since Ryrie is offering his apologetic for classical (or normative) dispensationalism. I did, however, have a good, profitable "conversation" with the book, coming to a better understanding of the dispensational program. Nevertheless, I still remain unconvinced. I think the grammatical-historical hermeneutic cannot be maintained "consistently," as Ryrie champions, particularly as it pertains to prophecy. The sharp distinction [...]

    • Joseph says:

      I definitely learned a lot about dispensationalism or at least how Ryrie explains it today. Overall, I found the book to be uneven. A lot of the arguments were not fleshed out and developed very well. The overall tone of the book was a defensive one. Ryrie spent a lot of time defening his position against his critics. But he didn't do a good job of explaining the position he was attempting to refute. A lot of times it was a few proof-texts to refute and then he moved on to the next item to refut [...]

    • Tait Sougstad says:

      I read this because I assumed it was the magnum opus of dispensationalism. Perhaps it is, but is was much more a response to the critiques of the dispensational system than an exegetical argument for it, or even a clear presentation of it. This made it seem like it would have been a better third or fourth book to read in a study of the system, first reading a description and exegesis, then some critiques, then this book. Throughout, I wanted to see a deeper look at the Scriptures that interact w [...]

    • Jeff says:

      "This book has been written for two reasons: to correct some misconceptions about dispensationalism that have given rise to false charges against it, and to give a positive presentation of normative dispensational teaching." Thus is Mr. Ryrie's purpose for writing the book and he achieves both objectives.I cannot recommend this book high enough because of Mr. Ryrie's clear, straight forward presentation of classical dispensationalism. He is very gracious when dealing with covenant theology and r [...]

    • Philip says:

      Ryrie's oft debated masterpiece is of great value to those who discuss the topic of Dispensationalism and to those who adhere to the movements tenets. The work is most certainly not the average lay-level volume, but it will prove helpful to every student of Scripture who earnestly seeks to understand this debate more fully. Though not without its faults, overstatements, or generalizations, this work is likely the most scholarly and accurate presentation of Dispensationalism to date. If one truly [...]

    • Chris Armer says:

      I had to read this for a class. I was hoping for a good presentation and argument for Dispensationalism, but what I got was a book frustratingly filled with logical fallacies, historical inaccuracies, and the occasional rant. Admittedly, much of academia has already moved on from Ryrie's Dispensationalism, but he would have served the readership better by focusing on a more objective presentation of his view. Ryrie rants against Dispensationalism that looks different than his version as much or [...]

    • Bennett says:

      Content-wise a pretty solid overview of dispensationalism from one of the view's chief proponents, but good grief this guy's rhetorical voice is obnoxious. Comes off as an extremely arrogant and unpleasant person, which undermines everything he has to say. He devotes a significant portion of this relatively short work to complaining about how his position has been misrepresented by detractors, then proceeds to treat his opponents views in much the same way. Can't think of any work of theology or [...]

    • Chris Comis says:

      Finally got around to reading this book. Actually, I kinda was forced to read it for a class I took. Ryrie gives a better argument for dispensationalism than most I've read, but I'm still not convinced he fully understood the covenant theology he so ardently attacks throughout the book. His interactions with the progressives was helpful, but I think he was fighting a losing battle by trying to convince them that they needed to come back to Dallas by forsaking Geneva. The progressives have abando [...]

    • Gary Fields says:

      You should go into this book understanding that it is first and foremost an apologetic of dispensationalism. This book is not meant to be an introductory course on what this system teaches. It is rather an attempt to answer the most serious and most common charges made against dispensationalism. That being said, some of the most important and distinguishing tenants of dispensationalism are examined and taught. I would not recommend this book to a beginner who is just starting to study biblical i [...]

    • Danny Bennett says:

      This is a must read for anyone wanting to understand dispensationalism. Much like Sproul's book on What is Reformed Theology?, Ryrie's book is not about proving dispensationalism through exegesis. Rather it is about explaining the system of theology and defending against common objections. So, the book is probably not going to make a covenant theologian a dispensationalist, but Ryrie does a great job of explaining the basics of dispensationalism. I agreed with a lot of what Ryrie says except whe [...]

    • Bendick Ong says:

      Compared to the other three eschatological positions, dispensationalism is definitely the most outstanding, as in it stands out in hermeneutical framework. Yet the main argument the author tries to make in the book is this: dispensationalism is the most literal interpretation of the Bible. Appreciate the humble and open attitude of the author as he seeks to debunk the myth that dispenationalism is a heresy, done with a thorough and systematic introduction of dispensationalism and its variants, a [...]

    • Mike Fisher says:

      Whether you agree with dispensationalism or not, this book is a good defense of classical dispensationalism. I have read a lot of books from this particular perspective, and this is the most clear. That being saidI am not saying i am convinced of dispensationalism, all I am saying is this is a good intro/explanation of this branch of christian systematic theology.

    • Laura says:

      Read this for my Bible Doctrines class book report 2 years ago. The last chapter is worth 5 stars, and is worth reading. The rest are barely 2 stars because of the continual use of straw person and red herring arguments to support Dispensationalism. The logos is very flawed and unconvincing--but somehow the last chapter is a gem.

    • Clement Lee says:

      Dispensationalism as the proper system for interpreting Scripture is clearly explained and the opposing arguments are quite clearly refuted. According to some reviewers Ryrie may have been too occupied with refuting when he should be expounding. But I think he has already explained his position quite well so I view his refuting/defense as a reading bonus. :)

    • Samuel Garcia says:

      While other reviews say that the author spends too much time in apologetics, the accusation is partly true, but the book itself was written at the time when dispensationalism was very highly criticized. You will get a sure sense of what dispensationalism is not, for sure. Ryrie does a great job in making a wide comparison between the sub versions of dispensationalism and its related counterparts.

    • Vanessa says:

      This was an excellent book on Dispensationalism. I have no criticism of the book itself. My only criticism is with a couple of Dr. Ryrie's opinions. But of course, who is going to agree 100% with anyone else? :) Bottom line, this book includes a great history of Dispensationalism, and descriptions of many aspects of it.

    • Jimmy Reagan says:

      Whether your dispensationalism would go as far as his or not, this volume is indispensable to grasp this point of view. He is fair to opposing viewpoints and is the best representative of classic dispensationalism.

    • Jeff Whittum says:

      It does the job it was intended to do. I no longer agree with the dispensational model eschatalogically, but if you're looking for a good description of the system from a major proponent of it, this book is a good place to start.

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