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Truth, Theology, and Perspective: An Approach to Understanding Biblical Doctrine (Poythress)

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Study Systematic Theology through the Lens of Truth 

There are many themes that flow through and unite the entirety of Scripture, and in his latest book, scholar Vern S. Poythress explores the relationship between God and truth. 

In Truth, Theology, and Perspective, Poythress explains how truth informs and confirms what the Bible teaches. In addition to a theology of objective truth, he explains how it is interwoven through each of the major topics in systematic theology, such as revelation, the Bible, man, Christ, salvation, and eschatology. This perspective highlights how the interconnectedness and harmony of Scripture is an extension of God's own truthfulness and how this attribute is manifested in all of creation, prompting us to greater worship and gratitude to God.


Vern S. Poythress (PhD, Harvard University; ThD, University of Stellenbosch) is Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Biblical Interpretation, and Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he has taught for four decades. In addition to earning six academic degrees, he is the author of numerous books and articles on biblical interpretation, language, and science.


“I am greatly honored that Vern has put my name on the dedication page of this good book. It helps us to understand God’s word not as a collection of individual truths, but as an organism in which each element of the gospel can be seen as a ‘perspective’ on others. The gospel is the same familiar message that it has always been, but in Vern’s exposition it gives us even more amazement, astonishment, and fruitful applications for our living.”
John M. Frame, Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy Emeritus, Reformed Theological Seminary

“If you enjoy watching a master craftsman at work on something he loves, telling you the things he finds fascinating about it, then you will love this book. Vern Poythress lovingly rolls the theme of truth over and over in his mind and then explains its beauty and depth with a simplicity that is accessible to everyone. This book is both mentally enriching and spiritually edifying, presenting core truths of Scripture from angles many of us have never considered. Read, reflect, and give God praise!”
Marcus A. Mininger, Professor of New Testament Studies, Mid-America Reformed Seminary; author, Uncovering the Theme of Revelation in Romans 1:16–3:26

“This volume is written with the clarity and insight we have come to appreciate from Vern Poythress. It provides an edifying examination of major biblical doctrines and their intrinsic harmony by considering them in terms of the theme of their truthfulness.”
Richard B. Gaffin Jr., Professor Emeritus of Biblical and Systematic Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary; author, In the Fullness of Time

“‘Truth is what God knows.’ Beginning with this God-centered definition of truth, Vern Poythress explains how every major doctrine in systematic theology and every event in the world can be understood more deeply if we ponder its relationship to truth. Such a ‘truth perspective’ leads to numerous fresh insights into the relationship between truth and everything that exists. While he is always careful to be faithful to Scripture, Poythress demonstrates once again his remarkable capacity for creative thinking.”
Wayne Grudem, Distinguished Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies, Phoenix Seminary