Theology is intensely practical: it's meant to be lived and prayed and sung, as the author says in his Preface. But that means it must be understood. In this book, Wayne Grudem clearly defines each doctrine under consideration and gives a thorough exposition of its basis in Scripture. The whole range of doctrine is discussed, from the character of God to the gifts of the Holy Spirit, from the nature of final judgment to the roles of men and women. Here is systematic theology that is biblical, warm-hearted and pastoral. On page after page Wayne Grudem demonstrates the importance of doctrine both for the spiritual health of the individual and for the well-being of the church at large. Abridged from the author's best-selling Systematic Theology.