Gerald Bray is one of the world’s leading theologians. So, his new hybrid theology text (a blend of systematic and biblical theology) is creating quite a buzz. Crossway is so confident in the quality of this volume that they are offering a free chapter long preview of God is Love.
The question then is this: is God is Love worth your time and money? In a word, yes! If you have ever read Gerald Bray’s works before you are familiar with his winsome style. Well, that approach to writing and communicating theology is in full-force in God is Love. This translates into a very readable volume that is less like a textbook and more like a transcribed theology lecture.
In reading God is Love, I can say that Bray did an admirable job in blending systematic and biblical approaches to theology. However, in my opinion, God is Love leans more on the biblical theology side rather than systematic. As someone who loves forays into Trinitarian theology, my favorite element of Bray’s work is his take on explaining the Trinity. It is easily understood and enjoyable to read.
While examining a variety of subjects, Bray frames his entire work through the lens of God as love personified. Even though I am not always convinced that this is the best theme through which to consider all of theology, Bray’s application of this principle to differing theological categories is quite interesting.
In summary, God is Love is a fun and readable exploration of theology. This would make a great addition to any and all theological libraries. I highly recommend God is Love.