For decades, Louis Berkhof’s Systematic Theology has remained one of the most important and widely-used systematic theologies. It provides the clearest and most succinct articulation of Reformed theology. From its first publication in 1932, Berkhof’s work was revised, reprinted, and translated into Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and Portuguese, and it had become a standard theological text by 1950. It has gained near-universal use in seminaries and Bible colleges across the world, and is widely cited and used by pastors, theologians, and students of nearly all denominational affiliations.
Although many of Berkhof’s ideas are not original—he wrote squarely within the Reformed tradition of Abraham Kuyper and Herman Bavinck—they are succinct, clear, and well-organized. Berkhof divided his Systematic Theology into six sections:
- Doctrine of God
- Doctrine of Man in Relation to God
- Doctrine of the Person and Work of Christ
- Doctrine of the Application of the Work of Redemption
- Doctrine of the Church and the Means of Grace
- Doctrine of the Last Things